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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 320

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.
show stoppers

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2 min.
green machines

Recent innovations in the design of Redback Grinder Company’s greenwaste grinders are making it easier for customers to comply with strict environmental regulations requiring the recycling of timber waste. The most recent Redback innovation is a high-efficiency rotor, which has been the catalyst for the launch of the Razorback range of grinders, which come in 540-horsepower to 700-horsepower options and are available on both wheels and tracks. The launch of the new Razorback range has been well received, especially among long-term clients, with a number of orders already received, according to Redback Grinder Company owner David Stubbs. “We are all very excited about the future of our new range of Redback Razorback grinders and the significant production and efficiencies gains that are available to our customers,” he says, adding: “We are also attracting…

1 min.
mother load

JCB has marked a big milestone with the production of the 200,000th Loadall telehandler – a machine found on construction sites, farms and commercial facilities around the world. First manufactured in 1977, fewer than 300 JCB Loadalls were produced in the first year. Today, thousands of units are produced and exported around the world each year. The introduction of telescopic handlers changed the way things were done across a wide range of industries. On building sites they transformed lifting and loading tasks previously handled by a small team of labourers. On farms they boosted productivity substantially, replacing basic tractor-mounted hydraulic loaders. In the commercial space, telehandlers were able to perform tasks that were beyond the reach of traditional forklifts. It took almost 30 years for JCB to sell the first 100,000 Loadalls but it has…

1 min.
field power

Topcon Positioning Group says its new FC-5000 handheld field computer puts the processing power usually only seen in the office directly into the hands of Australia’s surveying, mining and construction professionals. Available in Australia through local distributor Position Partners, the 7-inch tablet PC comes with the Windows 10 operating system and an Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of flash storage. The tablet also has an SD slot for additional memory. The touchscreen display has been optically bonded to increase its readability in direct sunlight or humid conditions. The controller is compatible with all Topcon GNSS receivers running the Magnet Field, Site or Layout software. The device also has its own internal GNSS navigation system. Topcon says the FC-5000 has been built to withstand the elements when working outdoors. The…

1 min.
nine lives

Cat dealer WesTrac has appointed a ‘reusability champion’ to evaluate and safely re-use parts when rebuilding mining and construction equipment by harnessing Caterpillar‘s global store of data. That champion, Mitchell Peace, who has come through WesTrac’s Component Rebuild Centre, says that the dealership and Caterpillar have done a scrap bin analysis on all the parts deemed unserviceable from powertrains components disassembled in the past eight months “The Caterpillar representative and I went through all the components and we got feedback as to how well we were determining reusability in the CRC,” Peace says. “The result of that scrap bin analysis was that WesTrac has changed the way we approach reusability in the CRC.” This reuse strategy is expected to save a customer up to 20 per cent on a component rebuild — an…

1 min.
high-tech training

Komatsu Australia is celebrating the second anniversary of the Komatsu Technical Education Centre (KTEC) in Brisbane, saying that the facility has become one of the most advanced technical training facilities for mining, earthmoving and utility equipment in the region. The centre, which opened in May 2013, is the primary training centre for Komatsu’s technicians in Australia and New Zealand and features a variety of mining, construction and utility machines such as backhoes, dozers, crushers, dump trucks, excavators (including hybrids), graders and wheel loaders, as well as general systems and technologies. Komatsu says that over 85 training programs have been completed at the centre in the past two years, with more than 300 service technicians boosting the technical capability. The facility covers more than 3 hectares of land at Komatsu’s site in Sherwood, Brisbane,…