Awesome Earthmovers - May / Jun 2024

In this edition

EDITOR'S WELCOMEWe’re just back from a three week visit
ELECTRIFYING THE EXCAVATOR MARKETIt was back in 2008 that Komatsu’s journey toward electrification in construction machinery began with the introduction of the world's first hybrid construction machine. Since then, Komatsu continues to expand its line-up of hybrid and electric equipment, as visitors to Hillhead 2024 will discover at the end of June.
DUBLIN DredingThe team at Cunningham Civil and Marine Ltd are no strangers to carrying out tasks that others may shy away from. A privately-owned family run business headed up by Richard Browne, Eoghan and Danielle Cunningham from Westport in County Mayo, they have gained a reputation for successfully completing specialist marine and coastal defence projects, as well as ‘one off’ contracts.
CRUSHING THE COMPETITIONAs a regional leader in ready-mix concrete and aggregates, Yarrington Road Materials is always looking for new business opportunities. To source and produce all their materials, they need equipment that can keep up with their ambitions. Luckily, their machinery partner Crushing Tigers has the right kit to help them take on new projects and stay ahead of competitors.
A DIAMOND IN THE NICHEStarting as an agricultural works business, Diamond D General Engineering has grown into a full-service construction contractor. Yet, despite this shift towards the mainstream, President and Owner Spencer Defty doesn’t let his firm’s focus steer far from protecting the land that helped his company flourish in Woodland, California.
NO EFFICIENCY WASTEDMoving and processing waste from businesses and private customers in an environmentally friendly way isn’t just about recycling. As REWAG Entsorgung AG know, it’s about maximising the efficiency of all their on-site systems. This includes the machinery they run across their three Switzerland sites, which is where SENNEBOGEN’s material handlers come in.
EDGE SCREENPRO S18Several years in the design process and after months of real life trials and tests ahead of it going into full production, EDGE Innovate’s highly versatile screening solution, the new EDGE SCREENPRO S18, is ready to be revealed to the market.
A STAR IS BORNSteelwrist recently hosted what was described as ‘the most innovative product launch in the company’s history’ when it staged a two day event at its new Deutschland GmbH’s facility in Ham burg, with Awesome Earthmovers among invited guests including journalists, dealers and customers from all over Europe.
SIZE MATTERSSince it was established almost nine years ago, National Tracked Dumper Hire Ltd, through ongoing investment, has today one of the most impressive and biggest range of tracked dumpers available for hire anywhere in the UK.
A POWERHOUSE UP NORTHAn upgrade project at Dore and Totley train station isn’t just popular with rail passengers. It’s now gaining fame on Instagram thanks to the skills of a Story operator and a Hyundai HX235ACR supplied by rental business Waitings through the Story Plant Hire Desk.
OPTIMISING DIESEL NOW ELECTRIFYING TOMORROWVolvo and SMT are partnering with customers to bridge the gap to zero-emission construction. Together, they’re implementing digital solutions that optimise diesel-powered equipment for lower fuel consumption and emissions today, while laying the groundwork for the practical and productive use of electric machines in the future.
BOOSTING EFFICIENCYContractors Connop & Son from Herefordshire in England began utilising Trimble technology about 10 years ago and have been upgrading and expanding it ever since; today, they tell us they wouldn’t operate without it, not least because of the many benefits Trimble’s systems and solutions have brought to the family run company.
ELECTRIC FIXWe review some of the latest cutting edge electric machines hitting the market
FROM MINI DIGGER TO HEAVY LIFTERContractors working on small projects often need multiple machines to perform different tasks. These take up space, cost money and break up operators’ productivity. After frequently coming across this problem on-site himself, chartered civil engineer James Russell was convinced that the industry was missing a trick. After many man hours of design work and calculations, his new Excavator Forklift (EFL)* attachment designs are being launched to help teams on sites everywhere do more with their mini diggers
CONSTRUCTION ROADSHOWSOperators from across the UK were recently given an exclusive opportunity to experience the power and precision of Merlo UK’s extensive range of construction machinery at a series of roadshows staged by the manufacturer who celebrated 30 years of trading in the UK at the end of 2023.
THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER…Dowling Quarries in County Laois, Ireland was the first in the world to install and operate AggreSandlaunched by Terex Washing Systems just over 10 years ago. Today, this modular aggregates and sand washing plant is still running as reliable as ever, as Awesome Earthmovers discovered when we met up with company director Humphrey Dowling.
X FACTORBritish earthmoving manufacturer JCB recently launched the latest addition to their X series range of crawler excavators, a long-awaited replacement for their venerable outgoing JS370 model.
THE BIG SHOW DOWN UNDERWe take our first trip to the southern hemisphere to visit Australia's Biggest Construction Expo - The National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo
BAC K TO BUSINESS AT PL ANT WOR X 2025 NEW LOCATION, NEW VENUE, AND NEW OPPORTUNITIESThe 6th biennial construction machinery exhibition will be held on 23rd25th September 2025, at the Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY
BLUE SCOTLAND EXPAND INTO CONCRETE BATCHING PLANTSBlue Machinery (Scotland) Ltd are delighted to announce that they are now the authorised distributors for the full range of SEMIX concrete batching solutions across Scotland and the North East of England.
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