Safety Gear colouring- an open letter

Hey guys, an open letter to all of you that do contracting work on our state highways. I know that it is an NZTA requirement that all STOP/GO operators are to be fully in ORANGE PPE while on site operating the traffic control, but why not pressure NZTA to change this colour to Hi-Viz Green/Yellow.…

Komatsu’s new HD1500-8 haul truck

Komatsu has released the HD1500-8 mechanical drive dump truck, a 142 metric tonne capacity hauler designed to reduce cost per tonne through such features as highest payload in its class, faster cycle times, improved fuel efficiency, longer component life and enhanced maintainability. It replaces Komatsu’s HD1500-7, introduced in 2008 and with more than 50 units…

Tough machines make demo look easy

Three big Hitachi Zaxis excavators at work – a 480, 450 and 200 – demolishing a 21-year-old, multi-level Auckland apartment building on Mt Eden Road Auckland to make way for the new Mt Eden Railway Station on the city’s $3.4 billion City Rail Link. The 11 apartments cost the council $7.8 miliion to buy all…

Classic Machine story from the US

Grant Rinkhoff from the US enjoyed our Classic Machine article on the Oliver OC-18 so much he sent us his own story of an Oliver rebuild organised by his father Ed. This Oliver OC-18 was bought new in 1956 with a 12 foot angle dozer blade, a double cable winch, 24 volt battery starter and…

Kubota’s new compact excavator

Kubota’s KX033-4 compact, three tone excavator is the latest member of its KX series and replaces the KX91-3. The machine shares many of the standard features that Kubota’s larger class machines including a larger cab, dash-controlled pre-sets for auxiliary circuits and a standard hydraulic diverter valve are a few examples of the new features. “The…