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Equipment on the move

If you want to check out a vast array of heavy duty waste and recycling equipment in action then Hillhead 2012 will be a pretty good bet. Freelance journalist Marino Donati takes a look.

Most of the Hillhead show – aimed at the quarrying, recycling and heavy construction industries - is outdoors. And this year more than 400 UK and international suppliers are due to take part at the Derbyshire based show.  It’s a pretty unique event and exhibitors report loving being able to demonstrate their equipment in motion while visitors benefit from seeing machinery actually in action. And everyone feeds off the buzz of all the activity, noise and excitement.

Haulmark Equipment, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of demolition, recycling and rehandling equipment, has been an exhibitor at Hillhead for the past 20 years. The Cheshire-based company’s proximity to the Derbyshire show makes it a good fit but so too does the fact the “working show” allows demonstrations of the company’s latest equipment. And as a supplier to whole of the UK and Ireland, the show’s nationwide visitor base is also an attraction, according to sales manager Bob James.

He says that among the equipment being demonstrated will be the OilQuick coupling system which is new to the UK market. This system allows hydraulic work tools to be connected and disconnected directly from the driver’s cab. The operator can change between work tools such as a hydraulic hammer, steel or concrete shears, sorting grapple, hydraulic magnet, compactor, sorting bucket, tilt bucket or tilt rotator.

The aim of the system is to permit the operator to change between various work tools within seconds and without leaving the cab, and so reducing exposure to risks. Haulmark says the quick couplers are suitable for excavators, wheel loaders, lift trucks, recycling machines and cranes. “It’s very good health-and-safety wise as the driver doesn’t have to get out of the cab to move a pin or change a hose.  So it will save time and hopefully save people money,” says James.

Other equipment Haulmark plans to demo will be the Rubble Master RM70 Go Recycling machine (used for the recycling of concrete, asphalt, glass, brick and so on), FRD Furukawa hydraulic breakers, excavators, demolition tools, grabs and grapples, hydraulic breakers and screen buckets.

Meanwhile, relative newcomer - Tiger Technology Crushers - has chosen to mark its third year of operation by exhibiting for the first time at Hillhead. The company aims to wow visitors with its range of portable jaw crushers. Attracted by the right commercial demographic of the show, Tiger says the ability to demo a product rather than just stand next to it was key to its decision to debut at the show.

Tiger has designed its machines, built in the UK, with the aim of being portable, manoeuvrable and versatile. They can be towed onto site to do a day’s work and then towed off. The equipment is aimed at operators who want to avoid the time taken to assemble and take down equipment.

Among the machines to be demoed will be the 5.5 x 2.5 towable crusher with a jaw opening of 400x350mm. The TC50 Series towable tractor powered jaw crusher is designed to give an output of up to 50 tonnes per hour, depending on material density, feed size, how it is loaded and dry weather conditions.

The crusher is designed for crushing concrete, marble, paving slabs, bricks, blocks, demolition material and rock.  The Tiger TC50E has the same features as the TC50 but with its own independent power source.

Another old hand at exhibiting at Hillhead is Engcon, which produces excavators, wheel loaders and tractors. It says the show provides good networking opportunities and the company walks away each year with some solid contacts.

Engcon will be showcasing a 30-tonne excavator, which can be used in scrap handling. According to Tim Wood, although the machine itself is relatively standard, it has a number of attachments that can be attached without having to connect pipes. It also has controls that allow the operator to drive the tracks through the joystick rather than using pedals or levers.

Baughans Barrel Screens plan to exhibit its range of smaller crushers - the Jobba and its Midi screen.  The UK firm manufactures screening and crushing equipment for recycling companies, particularly those on a budget.

The Jobber Crusher – which will be demoed on tracks - has an output of 10-20 tonnes while the Middi three-way split offers efficient three way screening in one pass with an output of 20-40 tonnes/h (wheeled or tracked). Baughans will also be showing their bucket concrete crusher and grapples from its Hawkfawk range.

Hillhead will be used as a launch pad for Herbst Machinery’s next generation tracked screener – the Herbst Compac S52. Aimed at SME contractors, the machine has two-way split capabilities and features state-of-the-art folding from standard transport mode. The company will also be displaying a range of their dump trailers and low loaders.

Heavy weight JCB will be showing off its amazing array of equipment including its JS260 excavators, 546Ht range loading shovels, 426ZX Wastemaster as well as many other machines. In the JCB demonstration area, a selection of JCB models will also perform application-specific roles.

A new range of JCB heavy line and compact products for the quarrying and aggregate industries will be making its debut. Replacing the 456 at the top of the JCB wheeled loading shovel range; the new 457 model is equipped with a Stage IIIB-compliant (Tier 4 Interim) engine offering increased power and torque as well as reduced fuel consumption. All of JCB’s tracked excavators have been significantly enhanced with a new cab, improved styling and major efficiency gains across the range.

JCB will also be exhibiting the new JS360, JS260 and JS220 models, which offer fuel efficiency savings of around 11%. Other features include: wheeled excavators; compaction equipment; compact excavators; telehandlers; lighting towers; skid-steer loaders and generators.

Maximus Crushing and Screening plans to launch two new machines – its small scalper, the Maximus 409, and its triple deck triple-deck 22x5 screener, the Maximus 522T.

Maximus says its 522T is the largest combined screening area available on the market making it suitable for medium to large scale operators. It adds that the 6.7m (22ft) x 1.52m (5ft) screening area of the top and middle decks and the 6.1m (20ft) x 1.52m (5ft) bottom deck, in combination with a heavy-duty, high-energy screening configuration, is specially designed for fine product separation.

The 409 has been developed for the smaller end-user who requires versatility and ease of transport, without compromising on build quality and reliability. The Maximus 516 is a heavy-duty, high-capacity scalper capable of screening a wide variety of materials.

Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment and Bobcat Products plan to display their products together. So alongside the Doosan excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks (ADTs) and high capacity telehandlers, there will be the Bobcat mini-excavator and compact loaders. Bobcat will have on show its new 2.6 tonne zero tail swing E26 compact excavator as well as its popular S130 skid-steer loader. 

The Doosan DX520LC crawler excavator will form part of the static display together with the new DL550-3, the flagship model in the new Doosan range of large wheel loaders.  The next model in the range, the new DL450-3 model, will be in the demonstration area.  This will be the first appearance of the new Doosan wheel loaders at a UK exhibition.

Hillhead takes place at Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry near Buxton, in Derbyshire, from 19 -21June.

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