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Vehicle and equipment round-up (30/04/2018)

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With news on: Bobcat’s excavator range; Dennis Eagle updates Olympus; NWH opts for Edbro; and JCB promotes attachments.  

Bobcat launches excavator range

International equipment manufacturer, Bobcat, has launched new R-Series mini-excavators from 2-4 tonne at Intermat 2018. 

Bobcat, has launched a new range of R-Series mini-excavators

The new range of five compact excavator models – the E26, E27z, E27, E34 and E35z – offers a mix of high digging forces, stability and smooth controllability of working functions complemented by low weights for easy transportation, the company said.

The excavators utilize flexible machine platforms that allow different configurations of models and specifications to suit a wide range of applications.

A new cab has been introduced throughout the R-Series range. It features significantly larger windows and narrower pillars giving market-leading all-around visibility. The cab is also fitted with new joysticks and optimized metal travel pedals.

The operator benefits from up to five independent auxiliary hydraulic circuits and ‘Selectable Auxiliary Control’ (SAC) system for customisable joystick controls, the company said.

The R-Series excavators offer easy access for regular maintenance and servicing, Bobcat said.

Clive Kilford, R-Series program manager, said: “Creating something better than the current series was the real challenge as it has proved to be one of the industry’s best.  Yet by looking at every part we implemented over a hundred improvements – always having the operator in mind.”

Dennis Eagle updates Olympus RCVs

Dennis Eagle’s Olympus refuse collection body has received an upgrade – designed to improve operational performance.

Dennis Eagle has given the Olympus an upgrade to improve operational performance

A new hydraulic tank will be fitted offering greater quality and reliability, the company says. Hydraulic efficiency is also improved by utilising redesigned cylinders, while fully maintaining cycle times and packing forces.

New control valves have been designed to recirculate existing oil in the system, preventing it travelling to and from the tank and creating improved efficiencies.

A higher front of body plate now comes as standard. According to Dennis Eagle, this helps to reduce the chance of waste build-up spilling over to the engine bay, while full height front body netting prevents the risk of foreign objects exiting the body.

The upgraded Olympus also features a hinged electrical junction box door, along with a seal fitted to the body access door to prevent potential leakage. A front of body harness guard deflects obstructions from electrical equipment on the roof, and an underbody plate to stop rodents is now fitted as standard to protect the electrical harness from damage.

NWH opts for Edbro

Having established its new Scottish operations in July 2017, tipper bodybuilding firm, the Thompsons Group, ordered five 32 tonne Loadmaster bodies for the NWH Group.

The NWH Group has taken delivery of five 32 tonne Loadmaster bodies

The customer chose to specify lightweight Edbro CX15 cylinders on all of the five bodies.

The NWH Group is a family-owned businesses which operates in the quarrying and waste, recycling and collection sectors. In addition to a fleet of tipping vehicles, the business also operates from 8 facilities across Scotland.

Craig Williams, operations director for the group, said: “We chose to work with Thompsons Tippers Scotland Ltd. for our latest order due to the quality of the Loadmaster design. The choice for tipping gear was just as easy. In our opinion the Edbro CX Series offers the best tipping performance for rigid tippers on the market.”

Edbro is part of the JOST Group, producer and supplier of safety systems to the truck and trailer industry.

The CX Series of combined ram and tank tipping gears offers load capacity, tipping speeds and reliability for operators of rigid vehicles, the group said.

JCB promotes the benefits of attachments

Busy waste and recycling sites are increasing their productivity by opting for versatile materials handling machines, according to David Banks, sales manager at equipment manufacturer, JCB.

David Banks, sales manager at JCB, discusses some of the benefits of versatile materials handling machines

A machine’s multitasking capability can be multiplied by changing attachments – particularly if this can be done quickly and easily, he says.

Equipped with a swivelling selector grab for sorting waste, the Wastemaster-spec JCB Hydradig is a flexible tool, allowing an operator to pick up small individual items contaminating a specific waste pile. The same tool can grab a bucket-load of that contamination-free waste. Switch attachments and the Hydradig can also be used to feed a shredder, Mr Banks explains.

Wastemaster Teletruk is commonly seen working not only with forks, but also with a grapple or a bale clamp. JCB Loadalls can also be used with a vast array of universal attachments such as general purpose buckets in varying capacities, grapple buckets, forks, waste clamps, bale grabs or tools such as a yard brush.

“This is just a selection from the multitude of possible attachments and configurations,” Mr Banks says. “With multitasking machines that can switch quickly, easily and safely between universal attachments, a waste and recycling site can ultimately reduce the need for larger fleets.”

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