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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 323

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.
pocket rockets

JCB has added two new models to its Australian skid steer range — the 135HD and 155HD — which it says are built to operate in harsh environments and confined spaces. The smaller profile of the loaders lends itself to a variety of applications from small farming operations to landscape material suppliers, according to JCB Construction Equipment Australia (JCB CEA). Both new loaders have an operating weight of just under 3 tonnes (2,770kg for the 135HD and 2,990kg for the 155HD) and are both powered by Perkins 404D-22 engines — but the 155HD’s engine has been turbocharged. Both models are fitted with 95-litre fuel tanks and feature fuel filtration systems to keep emissions down. The hydraulics can push 70 lpm through the arm when running at 2600 rpm, with a main relief pressure…

1 min.
tough & nimble

A compact turning circle, heavy-duty hydraulic power brakes and a redesigned boom are hallmarks of the Terex TLB890 and TLB990 (pictured) backhoe loaders now being brought into Australia by Semco. Both machines are driven by a powerful 100hp (74.5kW) liquid-cooled engine and feature a new, cast hard-nose counterweight which is designed to deliver a smoother ride and better balance. A redesigned curved ‘banana’ boom delivers a reach of 5,877 mm and a dig depth of 4,442 mm — and also helps lower the overall height when on the road — and a new inner slide extending dipperstick helps deliver faster working cycles and rapid bucket filling, Semco says. High-quality cast steel is used to build the “massive” side-shift and boom swing tower, the company adds, while two double-acting slewing rams feature a cushioned…

1 min.
going it alone

BHP Billiton has ordered autonomous upgrade packages for 18 Atlas Copco drill rigs to be used at its iron ore mines in Western Australia, following a two-year trial of the technology. Two heavy-duty Atlas Copco Pit Viper 271 rotary blasthole drill rigs at the Yandi mine have now operated autonomously for more than 15 000 hours and drilled more than one million meters. The 20 autonomous rigs (including the two already equipped) will initially be controlled at BHP Billiton’s five iron ore mines in Pilbara, with the longer-term aim of remote operation from Perth, more than 1,000km away. “We are committed to delivering the most innovative solutions that enhance productivity, and our autonomous drill rigs are a fine example of that,” Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique president Johan Halling says. “We share…

3 min.
xtra mile

Position Partners offers flexible hire options so users can get the right system for the job without the capital outlay. Topcon Positioning Group has released a number of new machine control and positioning system solutions for a wide range of machine types and applications — and four new products just for excavators. Every product is compatible with all makes and models of machines to offer flexibility when choosing an aftermarket or retrofit option, or changing to a factory-fitted solution. New for many Topcon 3D machine control solutions is an updated control box, the Topcon GX-55, along with a faster, more versatile GNSS receiver, the MC-i4. “Contractors have always loved Topcon’s intuitive control box and the new GX-55 is even better with three bright LED light bars that give a quick, visual grade reference,” says…

1 min.
radio active

The Titanium series of two-way UHF radios built rugged for harsh Australian conditions has been released by Uniden. The two handheld radios are the 1W UH810S, which has a range of over 9km, and the 2W UH820S, which reaches up to 13km away. Features include a new voice enhancer with four audio settings — normal, bass, midrange and high — Master Scan technology for minimal disruptions and continuous conversations, and a smart key function which lets users toggle between voice enhancer, instant channel, call tone or keypad lock. A rechargeable 1,000mAh lithium-ion battery in the UH810S and a 1600mAh version in the UH820S give about 15 hours and 21 hours of talk time, respectively. As well as the more usual charging cradle, AC adaptor and car power jack options, the Titanium radios are able…

1 min.
view from above

An imaging system that gives heavy machinery operators an aerial view of the vehicle’s surroundings has been released by Brisbane-based industrial vision and communication technology specialist Black Moth. The Atlas vision system stitches together images of the vehicle’s surroundings from a series of four smartMX-180 IP HD cameras placed around the vehicle. The foortage is then displayed inside the cab as a continuous, 360-degree image. The system also has a fifth camera that can be attached for any machine-specific application such as on the bucket of a loader or monitoring the lift movements of a crane. Now the topVIEW upgrade takes this visibility a step further, allowing operators to gain an aerial view of the area around their machine. Black Moth says this allows the operator to determine if it is safe to set the…