New underground information service in Taranaki

 A new Taranaki firm, Utility Scan, specialises in state-of-the-art underground services in the region. “Strikes on underground services like electricity, gas, water or sewerage are surprisingly common,” says Utility Scan operations manager Ben Giles. Utility Scan supplies detailed information of underground assets by using cutting-edge technology and internationally recognised training and industry experience. Giles says…

Investing in Sumitomo

Auckland based earthmoving company The Digger Collective has recently purchased its second Sumitomo SH235X-6 from New Zealand distributor, AB Equipment. However, there was something very special about this one. It was wanted in a hurry! “We put it out to tender but on the condition that it was very time critical, the excavator needed to…

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…

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…

Volvo’s EC950E crawler excavator

The excavator we saw performing at the Transdiesel product launch event was built in Volvo’s Korean factory and had been in the country a fortnight. This is the largest crawler excavator in the company’s range: at the time of writing it’s the sole EC950E in New Zealand. More EC950Es will inevitably follow, but there’s something…

The Robur ‘Vibro’ attachment is breaking ground

Robur Attachments is a relatively new player in the attachments marketplace, and one its products is literally breaking some ground. The Robur ‘Vibe’ ripper has been proving it’s mettle in drought-like conditions nationwide. The feature picture shows the ripper at work on Puhoi to Warkworth extension. Here’s video footage of the attachment at work: For…

Software simplifies consent process

Software provider CS-VUE supplied an environmental compliance management system for the first stage of the $709.5 million motorway from Puhoi to Warkworth being built by the Northern Express Group (NX2). The project has outcome based RMA conditions that provide greater flexibility to the contractor in both design and construction than most other Transport Agency projects.…