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Construction equipment: Hillhead 2014

There will be plenty of new machines on show at the UK’s largest construction equipment event next month.

Case Construction’s CX210C crawler excavator will feature in the demo area

Case Construction’s CX210C crawler excavator will feature in the demo area

Hillhead 2014

Big-name construction equipment manufacturers are starting to move their kit into a quarry in Derbyshire ahead of next month’s Hillhead 2014 show. The event, which is held every two years, takes place from 24 to 26 June, and is an opportunity to see the latest equipment for the heavy construction, civil engineering, recycling, quarrying and road surfacing sectors.

Among the 450-plus firms exhibiting are Bomag, Volvo, Liebherr, Terex, JCB, Case and Caterpillar dealer Finning.

The show includes 30,000m2 of live demonstration areas where large wheel loaders, excavators and dump trucks will tackle a 10,000t rock pile

The show covers an area of approximately 140,000m2, including 30,000m2 of live demonstration space where large wheel loaders, excavators and dump trucks will tackle a 10,000t rock pile. It is expected to attract over 16,000 visitors.

One of the big names at the show is Atlas Copco, which will be demonstrating a wide range of equipment from handheld pneumatic tools to the firm’s flagship Dynapac SD2500WS wheeled paver.

Visitors will also see Atlas Copco’s portfolio of hydraulic attachments, which include the world’s largest volume-produced hydraulic breaker, the HB 10000, which weighs a staggering 10t.

Material handling specialist Manitou will be showing its MHT 10225 telescopic handler for the first time at Hillhead. The MHT range is designed for heavy lifting applications, up to a load capacity of 22.5t.

The firm will also be displaying its MRT range of rotary telescopics, which combine forklift, access and crane capabilities, and can lift up to 30m in height, as well as displaying the MSI range of semi-rough terrain forklifts, which are capable of lifting between 2t and 5t.

Fuel-saving technology

One of the largest stands at the show belongs to Case Construction. The company will be using the event to exhibit an extensive selection of machines, 90% of which are equipped with Stage IIIB-compliant engines and selective catalytic reduction fuel-saving technology.

The firm will showcase its ‘heavy’ range of machines equipped to work in demanding environments, with a line-up that includes its F-series wheel loaders, crawler excavators and an 18t crawler dozer.

Machines from its ‘midi’ range on show will include the WX180 wheeled excavator, as well as the CX75C SR and CX80C SR midi excavators, which meet the EU’s Stage IV level of emission reduction.

Visitors will also be able to see some of Case’s compact machines, including the Stage IV SV185 skid steer loader, zero tail swing mini excavators and an 8t T-series backhoe loader.

As well as the machines on its stand, Case will have four others working in the quarry demonstration area: an F-series wheel loader plus CX350C, CX370C and CX210C crawler excavators.

Hillhead will also be the venue for the second qualifying round of the Case Rodeo Challenge, in which entrants are invited to test their skills against the clock by operating a Case mini excavator. The winner will represent the UK and compete against operators from across Europe at the final, which will be held in Paris later this year.

Case will also launch its ProCare maintenance package at the show.

Meanwhile, the Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe stand will feature nine machines including two brand new models: the R125LC-9A midi excavator and the R430LC-9A crawler excavator. Hyundai is also planning live demonstrations of its HL780-9A wheeled loader and R480LC-9A crawler excavator.

The R430LC-9A crawler excavator will take centre stage on the stand. It has an operating weight of 42.6t, and has been designed for bulk earthmoving, large civil engineering and quarrying work. It is fitted with a Stage IIIB Cummins engine that Hyundai says is designed to provide the lowest cost of operation in its class.

Existing machines in the 9A-series excavators have proved to be 5% more fuel efficient than previous models, it is claimed.

The other Hyundai machine making its debut at Hillhead is the 12t short tail swing R125LC-9A midi crawler excavator. The company says the new weight class machine is “perfect for the UK market”, for use in urban areas where space is limited and where manoeuvrability is a problem. The boom is not offset, which makes the machine more compact when operating in tight spots.

The company has also announced that it is extending its current 0% financing offer in the UK until the close of the Hillhead show.

“We are very pleased to offer our customers special finance rates to support fleets renewal and expansion,” says Hyundai Heavy Industries regional sales manager UK and Ireland Rick Still.

New launches

Another firm launching models at the show is JCB, which will have two stands, as well as machines showing in the demonstration area.

Centre stage will be new fuel-saving models making their UK debuts, including the 457 wheel loader, the updated JS360 tracked excavator and a new series of compact excavators.

The 457 is JCB’s first large wheel loader to meet Stage IV emissions standards, thanks to a diesel engine from German manufacturer MTU.

The engine contributes to a fuel saving of around 16% compared with the previous model, without the need for a diesel particulate filter.

The 457 is also the first machine from JCB to include the company’s CommandPlus cab.

Other JCB machines on display include the JS360 tracked excavator, which has been updated to meet Stage IIIB emissions standards, and the JS20MH wheeled material handler.

At the smaller end of the spectrum, JCB will be showing models from its new range of fuel-efficient compact excavators, including the 85Z-1 8.5t zero tail swing version, which has a Stage IV-compliant engine.

The new BF 600 P-2 is a large step forward in terms of safety, productivity and operational efficiency

Another new zero tail swing machine at Hillhead will be the latest offering from Kubota, the recently launched U27-4 mini excavator, which the firm claims will “raise the bar” in the 2t to 3t weight category.

Kubota national account manager Rebecca Bryson says the company is “particularly excited” about launching the U27-4 at the show, adding that it has high hopes for the machine in the coming year.

It will be displayed alongside the 8t KX080-4, the most powerful excavator in Kubota’s range, which was launched at the beginning of last year.

Elsewhere, Bomag will be showing off the latest addition to its paving range: the 19t BF 600 P-2 wheeled paver.

he firm says the machine is packed with “high-technology features to increase productivity and reduce owning and operating costs”.

It has a maximum output of 600t/h and a maximum paving width of 8m when fitted with the firm’s S500 screed.
The machine is powered by a 116kW Mercedes MTU Stage IV engine and an integrated engine management system that matches power to demand, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

To improve material transfer from truck to paver, Bomag has designed adjustable bumper rollers that allow shock-free “docking” of the truck.

“The new BF 600 P-2 is a large step forward in terms of safety, productivity and operational efficiency,” says Bomag (GB) managing director Alan Batty. “With construction on the up, we expect demand for this machine, as it’s ideal for medium-sized jobs.”

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