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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 315

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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Australia
Language:
English
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Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
back to the hoe

As part of JCB’s 70th anniversary celebrations, local distributor JCB Construction Equipment Australia (JCB CEA) is giving five lucky Australian customers the chance to purchase a special limited edition JCB backhoe loader painted in nostalgic red, yellow and white livery. The paintjobs on the anniversary models are a throwback to the retro JCB colour scheme that hasn’t been seen for over 40 years, when it was replaced by JCB’s modern black and yellow scheme. The limited edition models have red buckets and wheel rims as well as a full white cab. The loaders also come with a commemorative merchandise collection. There is one anniversary edition backhoe loader available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The limited edition machine is based on the popular JCB 3CX Elite model, which has a bucket capacity…

1 min.
tough enough

The Handheld Group has brought out the Algiz RT7 — a military-standard, rugged, 7-inch Android tablet which is designed for use in demanding environments such as construction sites, desert exploration, emergency scenes and industrial facilities. The ‘fully rugged’ tablet meets the stringent MIL-STD-810G US military standards for protection against drops, vibrations and extreme temperatures, and its IP65 rating means that it’s fully sealed against water, sand and dust. Desipite the extra protection, the Algiz RT7 weighs in at a pretty lightweight 650 grams. The tablet runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), supported under the hood by a Qualcomm MSM8916 (Snapdragon) chipset and 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Connectivity features include dual SIM card slots for LTE (4G) mobile plus Wi-Fi and NFC. There are two cameras — an 8-megapixel rear-facing one and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera — as…

1 min.
wrists of steel

We nipped down to the ACE Expo in Melbourne in November and were stopped in our tracks by an excavator operator doing some pretty nifty stuff with the Swedish Steelwrist tiltrotator, a unit that can tilt 45 degrees (for a total of 90 degrees) and rotate through a full 360 degrees. The cast steel tiltrotator, which features vertical tilt cylinders for digging in narrow trenches and a quick coupler with a front pin lock for safe tool changes, is available in sizes to work with excavators from 2 tonnes to 34 tonnes and over. The unit being demonstrated in the photo (and in the video which you can see at http://bit.ly/TradeEarthSteel) is the X12, which suits diggers of between 7 tonnes and 12 tonnes. The tiltrotator is being used with an integrated four-finger…

1 min.
brave new world

It was a dire moment at the Caterpillar transmission assembly plant in Dyersburg, Tennessee. A costly problem was traced to a faulty assembly procedure, and a new solution might take weeks to develop. The outlook was grim – thousands of dollars would be lost if the assembly line had to be shut down. And, more importantly, customers would have to wait to receive their new transmissions. The facility team needed to come up with a plan – and fast. They were quick on their feet and reached out to Caterpillar’s 3D printing team for support. That team was ready to help. They 3D printed a temporary plastic tool and got it to the facility overnight, saving the line from going down. “The possibilities are endless in the factories,” says Jim LaHood, a member of…

1 min.
water winners

Compressor, mining and construction equipment maker Atlas Copco is playing a key role in bringing clean water to rural areas of Australia and Cambodia, among others, through its employee-driven Water for All charity. In Australia, Water for All is installing 135 bio sand filters to provide clean drinking water to 58 remote families. The project, done in cooperation with non-profit organisation Samaritans Purse, is expected to be completed by December 2015. In Cambodia, the charity is financing the installation of bio sand filters to in about a dozen villages and communities, bringing clean water to more than 2,000 locals. Atlas Copco is providing education on how to maintain the filters. “Atlas Copco Australia believes that clean water is a basic human right and is so pleased that the contributions made for Water For All…

3 min.
crushing victory

The MB BF 80.3, a crusher bucket that suits excavators over 18.5 tonnes in weight, is the newest crusher bucket to join the MB lineup carried by Boss Attachments in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands. The BF 80.3 is designed to be compact, versatile and suitable for the crushing and recycling of inert material or material resulting from projects such as demolition, road works, pipelines and excavations. The bucket weighs in at 3 tonnes with a load capacity of 0.75 cubic metres. It reaches productivity of 34 cubic metres per hour working on a ‘One Man One Machine’ basis. MB says that over the past 10 years it has been working away at its facility in the Italian town of Fara Vicentino (about 100km north-west of Venice) to “dramatically change the…