A classic machine lands in NZ

We had a tip-off last week. Lots of heavy machinery is disembarked onto Auckland’s Bledisloe Wharf each month without drawing attention but this particular machine is different. In fact any machinery enthusiast might have heard the twin Detroit engines with straight six starting inside the hull of the Tamelane, the vessel in question, as this…

Shifting Dirt On A Small Scale by Richard Campbell

There is quite a fascination with things miniature, whatever they may be. Most folks have a hobby of some sort, from stamp collecting to Matchbox models, and most people have also had a collection of sorts from time to time of one thing or another. Then there are the poor souls who are afflicted with…

New Technology by Richard Campbell

  It is quite amazing the speed with which new innovations or methods are introduced to the earthmoving & construction industry these days. When I started out as a novice operator, a good 33% of the machinery in our spread was still cable operated or was a hybrid of cable and hydraulics. Auto-greasing was unheard…

Safety or is it? by Richard Campbell

I have made mention of safety in a previous column. I’m personally all for it but not the way we are going about it. One of the founding principles of the NZ way of life was the “we can do it” No.8 wire mentality. This grew out our isolation, tucked away in the depths of…

Whatever happened to? by Richard Campbell

  Ever stopped to consider whatever happened to all those old manufacturers of earthmoving equipment that you no longer see around today ? Evolution of the various types of earthmoving machine has been constant since at least 1904, over 112 years. During this time period countless companies have come and gone, some with really good…

The Humble Road Cone by Richard Campbell

Road Cone, “Witch’s Hat”, “Contractors Yard Glass”, call them what you will, but these items of traffic control equipment have proliferated to an astounding degree over the last decade. Prior to their arrival, traffic control was accomplished by a much simpler means – recycled 44 gallon oil drums, sometimes filled with water, with the occasional…

Knights Of The Road ? by Richard Campbell

Anyone who drives in the city is aware of the volume of heavy trucks that ply their daily trade along the roads. Those who travel long distance will also be acutely aware of them. There was a time when you could count on a truckie. They were the most courteous drivers on the road, and…