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Takeuchi takes care of business

A Tipperary contractor was impressed by his 6-tonne Takeuchi, so he decided to invest in a 15-tonne model too. Dara Boyle visited the Premier County to see this machine at work. It might be a long way to Tipperary, but it’s worth the trip if you get to see some …

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A new Cat Purrs

Harrington Concrete and Quarries have just purchased a brand-new Caterpillar 980M wheel loader. It is currently hard at work in their Ballisodare quarry. To check out the latest addition to their litter, Darren Scully paid them a visit. They say that Brexit could be catastrophic on many levels. Doom and …

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Hybrids on the charge

St Albans-based plant hirer M O’Brien has just taken delivery of its first hybrid excavators, and is excited about the prospect of delivering advanced efficiency to its customers. Geoff Ashcroft reports. St Albans-based plant hire firm M O’Brien is no stranger to specialist kit. Since starting the business in 1990 …

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Age is no barrier to operating a tilt rotator

Operating a tilt rotator can be tricky but as Chris McCullough discovered during a visit to Lowry Building & Civil Engineering’s sites in the Northwest, age is no barrier to getting the hang of this labour-saving tool. As more construction companies discover the real benefits of using a tilt rotator, …

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Reliability wins the day

When a County Antrim quarry business needed to replace an ageing excavator it was in a bit of a dilemma as to which brand to choose. Chris McCullough travelled to Ballycastle to find out why Hitachi emerged victorious. Running a successful quarry takes a lot of organisational skills, a dedicated …

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Last call for next generation of engineers

Nationwide apprenticeships up for grabs Budding engineers have just two weeks to apply to be one of the next generation apprentice recruits for the Finning UK & Ireland 2020 programme. The company has at least fourteen opportunities on offer across the UK and Ireland to work in its equipment and …

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EC200E vs EC220E: Which excavator is right for me?

Volvo Construction Equipment offers two crawler excavator models in the 20-25t class – the EC200E and the EC220E. Making the right choice between them will ensure minimum total cost of ownership and maximum profitability. Both the Volvo EC200E and EC220E crawler excavators are high-quality machines with comfortable cabs and easy …

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