28 March 2020

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Medium/large excavators-efficiency is everything


Excavators remain the number one piece of construction machinery sold around the world. In 2018, more than 450,000 units were sold globally – with this year expected to break a total sales figure of over 400,000 units – according to figures by specialist research company, Off-Highway Research.


The machine quite literally shapes the landscape on which the construction industry builds, and although excavators come in many different sizes. The machine of choice for groundworks has always been the 13-16 tonne excavator. They are quite simply workhorse of the building site; digging footings, pouring concrete, grading hardcore or gravel and laying asphalt.


With their medium size these machines can easily fit onto residential sites, but being larger than a compact machine, the excavators can shift more material. Since March 2019, JCB’s range of excavators has included the company’s X Series line-up, offering machines between and 13-16 tonnes.




Terex’s tower trio


Terex Cranes in Italy has announced three new tower cranes, including the company’s first hydraulic luffer, to broaden its offering.


The manufacturer previewed the cranes at an event held at the factory in Northern Italy in 10 October.


Largest of the three is the 12 tonne capacity CTLH 192-12 hydraulic luffer, the first of its type from this manufacturer. Maximum jib length is 55 metres, at the end of which capacity is 2.35 tonnes.


Its out of service radius when parked is 8 metres. It can be mounted on the HD23, TS23, TS21 or H20 tower masts. The hoist winch is 67 kW and the hydraulic luffing mechanism is 30 kW. Features of the control system include Terex Power Plus and Terex Power Match. Easy set up is promised and Terex said it is ready for fitment of anti-collision and zoning systems. It uses the T-Link telematics platform and has the S-Pace cabin.




Kato’s 51 tonne RT


A 51 tonne capacity (at a 2.5 metre radius) rough terrain crane has been launched by manufacturer Kato in Japan.


The SR-500LX is ready for delivery with its 42 metre, five section telescopic boom. It has a 9.4 to 13.7 metre telescopic luffing jib called Ejib, which can be used with the main boom at any length. Capacity is 4.2 tonnes with the main boom set at 72 degrees and it gives a maximum lifting height of 57.1 metres. The jib can be offset between 5 and 60 degrees. Outriggers can be set at four positions, from a fully retracted 2.48 metres up to a spread of 7 metres fully extended. Power is from a 200 kW, 7.5 litre Mitsubishi 6M60-TL straight six diesel with electronically controlled common rail fuel injection. Maximum torque is 785 Nm at 1,400 min-1.


Accommodation and controls are all improved over the previous model, Kato said. A touch screen allows monitoring and adjustment plus there is an Eco switch function to optimise engine speed according to what is required for the crane’s activity. Data logging is included and the new ACS moment limiter keeps capacity within a safety margin and allows working range limits to be set.Dimensions for road travel are 2.9 metres wide, 12.76 metres long, including the boom overhang at the front, by 3.88 metres tall. Gross weight is given as 37.075 tonnes.



Cribbing and jacking blocks launch


A stability product specialist is launching a new range of cribbing and jacking blocks to help improve workshop safety. The Ecocrib range of heavy duty interlocking cribbing blocks is designed to support and stabilise heavy objects during a lifting or lowering operation. The blocks are ideal for garages and vehicle workshops, as well as manufacturing and engineering applications.


Ecocrib is made from high density polyethylene (HDPE), making it resistant to water damage, corrosion and splintering. It is the latest innovation from Outriggerpads, which has more than three decades of experience in providing load-bearing pads, spreader plates, and crane mats to the construction equipment, caravan, and events sectors.



Lifterz/Sterling partner for trailers


Lifterz has taken delivery of three Sterling ST440 Step Frame trailers which have been exclusively developed for transporting access platforms. Sterling has supplied rigid beavertail plant bodies to Lifterz under a longstanding arrangement and saw a gap in the market to build bespoke access trailers with unique features required for transporting MEWPs. The two companies worked closely to configure the design. Features include: a fully galvanised dual serrated mesh decking for maximum traction and safety and 22 Pairs of 5T lashing rings along the side raves and 12 pairs in the centre - perfect for large volumes of small scissor lifts.


There are ultra-low loading angles on the main ramps and onto the gooseneck, allowing access platforms to be loaded safety to the top deck. A 3.2m-long double flip ramp slide leaves a small 50mm gap, eliminating the risk of dropping machines between the ramps, while fall arrest handrails along the entire length of the trailer allows wide machines to be loaded safely. Both the ramps and winch can be operated by remote control and the trailer features Truck-Lite LED lighting all around. The trailers are pulled by high spec Scania R450 tag axle units, with the complete combination giving a payload in excess of 25 tonnes running under C&U regulations. The first Trailer went into service in October 2018 and has already covered over 80,000 km. Subsequently, two more were delivered to Lifterz in July 2019. A further two trailers will be supplied by early 2020.



Haulotte sells more in challenging market


Haulotte has announced consolidated sales of €135.3 million ($149.3 million) in the third quarter of 2019, up 4% compared to the same period in 2018. The revenue rise came despite the market being, more adverse to commitment than expected, and has indications of slowing down.


The nine-month period ending September 2019, saw sales of €477.9 million ($527.3 million), compared to €413.9 million ($456.7  million) in the first three quarters last year, representing an increase of nearly 14%. “In a European market that is now declining compared to last year, the group’s sales are slowing but remain up 13% at the end of September, driven by the majority of countries,” said the company.


In Asia-Pacific, the group was up 18% in the year-to-date, still driven by sales in China and Australia. Latin America achieved a good third quarter, allowing Haulotte to post 9% growth at the end of September, with Brazil continuing the momentum seen in the first half of the year. In North America, Haulotte reported 17% sales growth, mainly due to scaffolding activity.


The group’s equipment sales increased by 14%. Services activity grew by 5%, while the rental business grew by 25%. However, with an increasingly uncertain global economic context pushing major market players to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, it is unlikely that Haulotte will meet its annual objectives for 2019, a growth in sales and current operating income of around 10%, excluding exchange gains and losses.



Volvo quickly becomes traditional for Ashcourt


Ashcourt’s new excavators include a 16-tonne ECR145E and a 40-tonne ECR355E, both of which are reduced swing machines. It has also bought four Volvo compact excavators – an EC15E, an ECR25D, ECR58D and an ECR88D. The package also included two loading shovels; a Volvo L120H has replaced an older variant at the company’s Foster street recycling facility, and the 25-tonne L150H has been purchased for a new contract at Hull docks.


Ashcourt began buying Volvo machinery only six years ago but since it had already become a tradition as the operators like them, the residual value holds up well and the dealer gives good support.


The 40-tonne ECR355E has been supplied with the standard 6.2 metre boom and 3.05 metre dipper arm, together with the optional dozer blade. Lifting capacity at maximum reach across carriage is 4.69 tonnes, making it suitable for lifting large trench boxes on sewer and utilities installations. Thus equipped, the ECR355E offers a maximum reach of 10.6 metres, a dig depth of 7.0 metres and a practical dump height of 7.8 metres. It has been enhanced with the addition of a Topcon X53i base install kit plug and play system that tracks the bucket movement in real time, directing the operator to centre lines and keeping the bucket on grade.



Metso adds new Nordtrack product range


Crushing and screening equipment manufacturer Metso has launched a new Nordtrack mobile crushing and screening product range. The manufacturer’s new range comprises 19 products which it said have been designed specifically to meet the needs of general contractors.


Suitable for applications such as recycling, demolition and for sand and gravel processing, the range includes jaw crushers, impact crushers, screens and conveyors. The new portfolio offered an off-the-shelf type of availability for customers, with equipment featuring “plug-and-play” technology and the company’s support network alongside it. The  Metso Nordtrack range complements Metso’s offering to better address the needs of small and midsized companies and general contractors looking for the right combination of productivity, availability and dependability at an attractive price point.The Nordtrack range is currently available through Metso’s direct sales and distributor network, having been launched at the company’s Distribution Days last week.



Manitou debuts telescopic booms


Manitou has debuted a new line of telescopic booms designed specifically for the North American market. The TJ straight booms have platform heights of 65, 80 and 85 feet and offer unrestricted – or restricted – platform capacities. The new TJ 65 has a platform height of 64 feet, 10 inches, 500 pounds of unrestricted platform capacity and 57 feet and 10 inches of horizontal outreach. Its sibling, the TJ 65+ has a platform height of 64 feet, 9 inches, a horizontal outreach of 58 feet, 4 inches and an unrestricted capacity of 900 pounds. Next in line is the TJ 80+ which has a platform height of 78 feet, 5 inches, horizontal outreach of 64 feet, 8 inches and 900 pounds of unrestricted capacity.


The tallest of the group, the TJ 85, has an 84-foot, 6-inch platform capacity with 770 pounds of restricted capacity and 530 pounds of unrestricted capacity. It achieves 70 feet, 4 inches of horizontal outreach and also features a 12-foot, 5-inch telescopic jib.


The TJ models feature hydraulic, proportionate controls for smooth operation; continuous 360-degree turret rotation; front oscillating axles; replaceable galvanized platform flooring; four-wheel drive; three steering modes; and self-diagnostics via a ground control panel. The company also debuted its ATJ 60, a new articulating boom for the North American market. The unit has 500 pounds of unrestricted platform capacity, a 59-foot, 11-inch platform height, horizontal outreach of 39 feet, 4 inches and up-and-over reach of 26 feet, 3 inches.


 According to the company, research into the industry showed telescopic, straight booms are some of the most popular MEWPs with rental companies, therefore Manitou decided to invest into the segment. The booms, manufactured in France, will officially be shown at The ARA Show and ConExpo.


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