Utilities: Specialist machines

 The machines used for utilities projects are often specialist machines with a specific goal in mind, and this is partly a result of the changing nature of the work involved.

Ditch Witch MT9 micro trencher
Ditch Witch MT9 micro trencher, which is developed to work in tandem with the Ditch Witch line of mini skid steers.

When it comes to laying fibre optic cables, for example, this is still a relatively new area of work, but it is now one that is in great demand.

Ditch Witch has introduced the new MT9 microtrencher attachment, which it said was designed to improve productivity and to reduce the cost-per-metre on small fibre jobsites.

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Spierings launches hybrid crane

Dutch mobile folding tower crane manufacturer Spierings Mobile Cranes has launched what it describes as the “first hybrid electric crane”, the SK487-AT3 City Boy. It says it developed the City Boy in response to the increasing number of cities around the world banning vehicles with diesel and petrol engines.

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Pioneers: rough terrain cranes

By Christian Shelton for KHL.com
14 November 2017

 

Rough terrain cranes could be described as pioneers of the jobsite. They are often the first cranes there, equipped to travel over rough ground, leading the way for other types of cranes and equipment to follow. This pioneering spirit can also be seen in the approach rough terrain crane manufacturers take, breaking new territory with ever higher lifting capacities, longer booms, smaller dimensions, greater safety, and more advanced control systems. The boundaries are being redefined all the time. Continue reading “Pioneers: rough terrain cranes”