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LTS switches to Youngman

London Tower Service (LTS) of Beckton, east London, is currently changing all its push-around compact access platform fleet to machines from the Youngman Group, which already supplies the hirer with aluminium and grp towers.

It was at the 2009 Executive

Hire Show that Directors Steve Uragallo and Paul Fairhall first saw the Boss X-Series platforms on Youngman’s stand and they ordered an initial batch there and then for six X3 models, which offer a maximum working height of 4.5m. After much positive feedback, the company has decided to switch to Youngman units entirely and has increased the fleet to more than 50, including the X2, X3 and the new X3X models. Paul Fairhall said, “The machines are robust enough to cope with the rigours of hire. We are also able to safely pressure-wash them without causing any electrical problems because they are designed to be totally waterproof.”

Diga-Bara impresses at Kubota Live!

Exac-One, distributor of the Diga-Bara attachment, reports that the implement aroused an enthusiastic response from visitors at the Kubota Live! event held at Rockingham Castle last month. A Diga-Bara 1300 model attached to a 1.7 tonne Kubota U17 mini excavator was put through its paces in a confined space, loading clay from a stockpile, manoeuvring through a tight 90° bend, and then through a narrow cutting barely wider than the machine. It continued through another 90° bend at the bottom of the cutting, up a steep slope emerging onto the surface, followed by a hairpin bend and a steep push up onto a stockpile, where the skip was emptied by flicking the back of the bucket against the tipping mechanism. Lowering the dozer


automatically brings the skip back to its original position, and one hand placed over both tracking levers is all that is required to manoeuvre the digger/dumper combination in tight situations. The Diga-Bara has no engine, no transmission, and virtually no

moving parts. It is designed so that, essentially, wherever the mini excavator goes, the attachment goes with it, and the digger becomes the loading and unloading tool.

For transportation, the implement can be ‘piggy-backed’ onto a standard 2 tonne plant trailer along with a 1.6 tonne mini.

Oaks Plant opts for Ammann ViO

Oaks Plant Hire, based at Riverhead in Kent, has taken delivery of an Ammann Yanmar ViO30 3 tonne zero tail swing mini excavator, having first seen the machine while visiting the Executive Hire Show in February. “I have been asked for zero tail swing machines more and more on the grounds of Health & Safety,” said Director Ralph Wilcox, pictured (right) with Ammann Equipment’s Southern Area Sales Manager, Gary Wingrove. “I like to keep at the cutting edge of changes within the market place, especially where Health & Safety is involved. The EHS 2010 was an excellent opportunity to compare machines on a like-for-like basis, side by side. I chose the ViO30 for its ease of operation, operator comfort and spacious cab.”

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