Ringside footage from Friday

On Friday we were able to shoot some footage of the three new Volvo machines in action. In the clip below you’ll see the Volvo EC950E Excavator operating separately then see the L260 Wheel Loader working in tandem with the A60H Articulated Hauler(the rear view).

Storm Damage on SH6

Running between Greymouth and Westport, State Highway 6 runs along a scenic albeit exposed stretch of the South Island coastline.  The contractors responsible for maintenance on SH6, Fulton Hogan and sub-contractors MBD Contracting, are on alert at present, as a tropical cyclone is scheduled to make landfall today. It’s actually the second tropical storm in…

LeTourneau’s Tournacranes

The original YouTube clip was released late last year but needed some editing. Here is the remix, with static captions and slightly longer. Early in the clip there’s a great shot of Jim Dryden(not Hugh!) of Dryden & Co, standing in front of a Tournacrane at the site of Wellington’s future airport. Please like the…

Progress from Huntly Section

The HEB/Fulton Hogan JV team working at Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway had been hoping for a dry start to the earthworks season; they can be pretty happy with the weather thus far. There is a further 1.3 million cubic metres of earth to move this season, but glorious conditions prevail at the site.…

An Allis-Chalmers movie

Allis-Chalmers was a leading US manufacturer whose machines we have profiled extensively in our Classic Machines columns.  A-C construction equipment dominated global sales of tractors, scrapers and loaders for many years- its New Zealand agent was  CablePrice. This clip, entitled ‘The Challenge of Excellence’ is a promotional piece filmed on 16mm footage in the 1960s,…

The Double Act- Excavators on Sumner Road

Contractors are busy clearing debris from around the Sumner Road that runs from Lyttleton to Christchurch via Evans Pass.  The Road has been shut to traffic since the 2011 Quakes. Some ingenuity goes a long way in these circumstances.  Road crews from Button Logging have been using a 3- tonne excavator, tethered by a cable…