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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 341

Earthmovers & Excavators is the earthmoving and civil construction industry’s most important business tool, with the multi-platform media brand relied upon as the No.1 place to search, compare, buy and sell construction machinery, new and used.

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1 min.
roller derby

Cat has launched four new roller models with the rental market in mind. The four new utility rollers – the CB2.5, CB2.7, CB2.9 and CC2.6 – use their operating weight in metric tonnes as nomenclature. Catering to the equipment rental sector has meant the new machines are easy to operate and quick to transport and service. The new rollers are particularly suited for applications such as roads, bike paths, courtyards, patchwork, car parks, driveways and shoulder work. The rollers use toggle-type switches to activate and control machine functions. An analogue display provides fuel level, engine temperature and machine hours for fast reference. Cat says that hoisting the rollers on to transport vehicles is simple thanks to the machine’s single point lift option and durable hitch design. The rollers also have a foldable ROPS option…

1 min.
wheels or tracks?

Dynapac has revealed the new SD1800W and SD1800C asphalt pavers, which are wheeled and tracked versions of the same model and features improved levels of operator comfort, reduced running costs and lower emission levels. The new pavers have operating weights between 10.3 tonnes (wheeled) and 10.5 tonnes (tracked) and feature a 4.8-cubic-metre hopper and a laying capacity of 350t/h. Both units are powered by a 2.9-litre 54kW Deutz diesel engine and Dynapac says they have a maximum paving speed of 25m/min and a maximum travel speed of 4km/h. Both machines have a slidable, tiltable and height-adjustable operator console as well as load-sensing hydraulic pumps. The two pavers use Dynapac’s PaveManager 2.0 software which can automate certain paving and memory parameter functions as well as the crown and slope settings, minimising the potential for rework. To…

3 min.
water good idea

The tanks we import from the US … are manufactured to the highest standard possible Coleman’s Equipment has made a name for itself over the years by supplying low-hour, late-model quality used earthmoving and civil construction equipment and recently has had success carrying the Curry Supply Co line of water tanks for articulated and rigid frame trucks. Owner and managing director Mark Coleman started his business over a decade ago after a lifetime surrounded by heavy machinery. “I’ve grown up with earthmoving and civil construction equipment my whole life,” he says. “My father and brothers have owned and operated a civil construction and quarrying business in Orange, NSW, for the last 40 years. “From day dot all I ever worked with was Caterpillar equipment,” Mark says. “I had the opportunity to work within a…

1 min.
charging ahead

Atlas Copco is to target zero-emission underground mining, with plans to focus on battery-driven machinery. “Our customers’ future is electric,” Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation Division president Andreas Nordbrandt says, adding that the Swedish company has immediate plans to expand its current portfolio of electric mining equipment, including loaders, drill rigs and mine trucks such as the pictured hard-wired Electric Scooptram EST1030. This is despite others in the earthmoving industry, such as Construction Equipment Association (CEA) consultant Alex Woodrow, saying that we are not yet ready to go electric and that ‘clean’ diesel should remain the dominant fuel for the foreseeable future. “It’s high time to look forward and leave fossil fuels behind,” Nordbrandt says. “We must consider the mining industry’s carbon footprint.” Atlas Copco says it will continue to support all customers who…

1 min.
more autonomy

Fortescue has expanded its autonomous Cat haul truck operations at its iron ore mines in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. An agreement between it and Caterpillar will include the retrofitting of about 100 Cat 793F and 789D and Komatsu 930E truck models at the Chichester Hub with the ‘Cat Command for Hauling’ system, and the expansion of the Cat 793F autonomous truck fleet at the Solomon Hub. The Command for Hauling system is built on a foundation of the other Cat MineStar System capability sets – Fleet, Terrain, Detect and Health. The company is working with Fortescue, Thiess Contractors and WA Cat dealer WesTrac in implementing the technology, which will be used across the mobile equipment fleet, including support equipment and light vehicles. “Caterpillar is pleased to build on the success we have had working…

1 min.
bull run

There’s good news for Australian construction, with the latest Construction Outlook survey predicting a recovery in major project work through to mid-2019. The survey was conducted by industry bodies the Ai Group and the Australian Constructors Association (ACA). The positive forecast follows three years of declining activity in construction. A major driver of the recovery will be non-mining infrastructure work, with transport projects and commercial building forming the core. “The survey suggests the worst of the decline in mining-related construction is now behind us along with its negative impact on broader industry conditions,” Ai group chief executive Innes Willox says. After recording a drop in value of 2.1 per cent in 2016-2017, the total value of major project work is forecast to rise by a solid 7.1 per cent in 2017-18, followed by a…