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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 321

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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in this issue

1 min.
gladly green

A Hastings Deering customer has become the first Caterpillar user in Australia to take delivery of a near-zero-emissions Tier 4 Cat F series excavator. The machine has been ordered by Sunshine Coast-based civil construction plant hire company Black Cat Civil. Formed in 2006, the group provides machinery solutions across the civil engineering, mining and construction industries. Non-road diesel engines (like those found in excavators and loaders) have been subject to strict emissions standards in the US since 1996 and in Europe since 1997. Although there are standards for on-road diesel engines in Australia, no such requirement currently exists for non-road engines. Black Cat Civil directors Brendan Flynn and Jai Tomlinson say technological innovation will not only play a primary role in shifting operational culture but also allow the civil construction industry to improve…

1 min.
cutting the fat

JCB has released an upgraded version of its JZ140 excavator that it says is just two-thirds of the length of a conventional machine, allowing work to be performed on the tightest of job sites. A redesigned body with a compact counterweight and revised engine positioning sees the overall length of the excavator reduced by 29 percent over conventional models of the same weight. The new design results in greatly reduced tail-swing allowing easy manoeuvrability in confined spaces. “The machine has built on what was already a solid base for our excavator product range, and with the reduced tail-swing we’re seeing zero compromise on dig performance and stability, making it a highly competitive product in the Australian market,” JCB CEA national product manager Deon Cope says. The excavator has a 72kW JCB EcoMax engine,…

1 min.
pretty in pink

The Roy Hill mining project has launched the first three of its ‘Pink Trucks for Breast Cancer Awareness’ at its mine site in WA’s Pilbara region, to focus attention on breast cancer and to promote opportunities for women in mining. The launch was presided over by Roy Hill executive chairman Gina Rinehart, who has a history of supporting cancer research. “I have been a long standing supporter of cancer research and support initiatives, dating back to the early 90s when I initiated the then first Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia, the Hancock Family Breast Cancer Foundation, which I also chaired,” Rinehart said. The first three pink trucks have been named Hope, Ginny and Rachel and have delivered their first loads of iron ore to Roy Hill’s crushing plant. Over time, as the remaining…

3 min.
high achievers

These wheel loaders are equipped with ideally-matched, all-Volvo powertrains The new H-Series wheel loaders are testament to Volvo’s philosophy that innovation remains at the core of all its equipment, Australian distributor CJD Equipment says. From fuel efficiency to operator comfort, load cycle times, breakout force, operating capacity and safety, the Volvo H Series loaders set a new standard in material handling and loading, it adds. CJD Equipment offers four models from the H Series range: the L150H, L180H, L220H and L250H. Each model in the range is equipped with Volvo’s high-tech OptiShift technology, which is designed to eliminate power losses in the torque converter and reduce fuel consumption by up to 18 percent. It does this by combining a torque converter with lock-up and free wheel stator and Volvo’s patented Reverse by Braking (RBB)…

1 min.
downhill learning

Komatsu Australia’s 2016 group of apprentices recently faced off against V8 Supercars Team Championship leaders Triple Eight Race Engineering in the first ever Komatsu Apprentice Kart Race at Barbagello Raceway. Team Komatsu Apprentices was led by six-time V8 Supercars series champion Jamie Whincup and featured five of Komatsu’s top WA apprentices. The Komatsu Apprentice Kart Race has a simple set of rules. Two billy karts and two drivers sit on the grid. Four ‘pushers’ build each kart’s momentum to a cut-off line, where they must release. The karts then race 400m downhill to the finish. The karts are then tuned and sent out again to improve on their last run. The apprentices took the win on the day, edging out the Triple Eight team by just 15 metres in the final round. Whincup says he was…

1 min.
paying respect

Rail freight operator Aurizon has honoured the Darumbal people of central Queensland by emblazoning its two new Plasser track machines with indigenous artwork and giving the units traditional Darumbal names. Aurizon is the owner and operator of the Central Queensland Coal Network, a 2,670km track network that covers Queensland’s Bowen Basin coal region, an area traditionally owned by the Darumbal. The company says it’s important to build strong links with local indigenous communities. “Today is about reflecting on and recognising that the land on which these machines will operate is the homeland of the Darumbal people,” Aurizon executive vice president Alex Kummant said at a recent naming ceremony. A local group of Aurizon employees and more than 20 Darumbal elders gathered at Rockhampton Station for the ceremony, where the track machines were christened ‘Yugu…