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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 326

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.
plenty at henty

3 min.
new favourite

The working range on the ECR50D has been increased through new digging equipment, including redesigned boom and attachment geometry. Volvo’s D Series range of compact excavators has officially landed in Australia, with CJD Equipment receiving the first of the machines in early October. CJD says the range — which consists of the EC18D, ECR25D, ECR35D and ECR50D — feature powerful, fuel-efficient Volvo engines, matched hydraulic systems and robust bodies that “offer remarkable productivity, stability and ease of use”. One of the most anticipated models in the new range is the 5-tonne ECR50D reduced swing model, which has been designed with site preparation, construction landscaping and utility operators in mind. “With superior digging performance in its class, high lifting capabilities, and leading breakout and tearout forces the ECR50D is set to be the favourite in…

1 min.
making the grade

Among the tech to catch our eye at the recent Cat F Series excavator launch in Melbourne was ‘Grade with Assist’, which the company says can help bring a higher standard of grading accuracy and speed than even the most skilled operator can achieve. The tech works by automating boom and bucket movements according to pre-set parameters, reducing manual inputs and therefore operator error and fatigue. It also means you get grading consistency across all your operators regardless of skill level. Grade with Assist is actually a combination of two Cat systems: the 2D Grade bucket tip elevation guidance tool; and Assist, which is an automated boom and bucket movement feature. To use Grade with Assist, the operator must first enter depth and slope values into the in-cab display. Pressing the ‘auto’ button…

1 min.
auto bots roll out

Komatsu has unveiled an autonomous haulage truck featuring a completely cabless structure at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas. Komatsu says that, unlike the 930E and 830E which are regular trucks fitted with autonomous navigation systems, the new truck has been designed exclusively as an unmanned vehicle and has no operator’s cab. Komatsu says it’s still hammering out some of the finer details of the autonomous haul vehicle’s design, and hopes to begin full production soon. The big hauler weighs in at 416 tonnes, can carry a 230 tonne payload and is powered by a 2014kW Komatsu diesel. Komatsu says the automated hauler is designed for high-performance shuttling in both forward and reverse directions, eliminating the need for three-point turns. The trucks are equipped with a high-precision GPS and an obstacle detection system. Komatsu says it…

1 min.
huski training

A training company based in Melbourne has put two Toyota Huski skid-steer loaders to good use as part of a Victorian government up-skilling initiative. Construction Training Group (CTG) was awarded a 12-month contract to provide government-subsidised training for 1000 eligible operators. The Rowville firm says its courses are now booked out for several months. CTG was founded in 2002 by Jim Gascoigne as Gascoigne Training. In 2008 Jim’s son-in-law Darren Heyne joined the company, which is recognised as a leading training provider. The group needed two skid-steers to train the operators in and settled on two Toyota Huski 5SDK5 models. Toyota says the 430kg 5SDK5 is the most popular model in its class and would be a model encountered by the trainees once out on the job. The 5SDK5 is powered by a 22kW Yanmar…

1 min.
high- calibre change

JB Attachments is rebranding itself as Calibre Contracting Equipment, saying the name change reflects changes to its operating model and design process. The change was effective from October 1. JB Attachments was formed in 2008 from the merger of two traditional engineering companies who had been operating since the 1950, releasing the first quick-hitch coupler in the 1980s. Since then the company has been known for its extensive range of couplers, buckets, grapples and attachment accessories. Calibre Contracting Equipment says the move comes after a three-year process of modernisation for the company, with a greater focus on developing new types of attachments and new attachment solutions. Calibre says it wants to develop attachments that are seen as assets in their own right alongside excavators. One of the fields Calibre has been researching extensively…