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…

Genie Material Lift products

 Youngman Richardson & Co has recently been made exclusive New Zealand distributor for the full range of Genie Material Lift products. “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to market this range alongside our existing collection of Genie heavy lifting products,” says general manager, Ed Richardson. “Existing Genie Material Lift customers can be…

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…

Building bridges by printer

Dutch officials have toasted the opening of what is being called the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge designed for cyclists built in the Dutch southeastern town of Gemert. Work on printing the bridge, which has some 800 layers, took about three months after starting in June and it is made of reinforced, pre-stressed concrete, according…

Takeuchi investment backing

Tenby Powell of Hunter Powell Investment Partners has re-invested in the Takeuchi construction equipment brand here with agency agreements for the Pacific Islands. Together with private equity partners, Powell acquired Auckland-based company Hirepool in 2003. Hirepool was bought from Owens Corporation for $43 million and sold for $172 million some 36 months later. In 2005…

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,…