Issue 14

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Welcome to the July/August issue of Awesome Earthmovers. Summer has arrived and with it, better chances of capturing great content on live construction sites. We’ve got a magazine packed full of impressive gear from the largest production dozer in the world to a new 95-tonne Cat long reach excavator.

By the time you read this, we will have hosted the Awesome Earthmovers Operator challenge at Plantworx 2023 in association with Hyundai Construction Equipment and sponsored by 8 industry leading contractors, manufacturers and dealerships. Competitors can test their skills across 8 challenges, against the clock in Hyundai’s awesome A-Series excavators with a £3,000 holiday up for grabs as well as runner-up prizes.

Read about Paterson Quarries’ new Komatsu D475A-8 dozer ripping silica sand in a Scottish pit. With an operating weight of around 120 tonnes, the dozer is tasked with ripping and pushing 7000 tonnes of Silica sand a week. We spent some time filming the dozer in action. Watch the video by either clicking the link or scanning the QR code within the article.

We travelled to Latvia to see how the MK Salackrasti Fishing Club is using a Kobelco SK130-11 to maintain a 30km stretch of the Salaca river in Northern Latvia. With funding coming from the EU, directives required that the machine used must meet the highest environmental standards. The fishing club then approached local Kobelco dealer Baltic Agro Machinery who were able to work with the club to provide a package which included a bespoke PMV dredging attachment which was designed specifically for the job.

AE visited an Austrian recycling facility in February which had taken a Sennebogen 822G material to test for a week. The company liked it so much they wouldn’t allow the machine to be taken away again.

Cat 395s are a rare beast in standard configuration but when we heard there was a new one with long reach boom and stick working on the South coast of England we had to check it out. Ovenden Earthmoving’s 95-tonne 395 is currently employed in a sea defence project in Portsmouth.

A visit to a power station demolition project saw us get up close and personal with two brand new, 90-tonne Hyundai HX900s. During our visit, the machines were tasked with ripping out the base of a former cooling tower.

Read these stories along with 10 other original and exclusive features in issue 14.