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…