New Cat minis The new eight tonne Caterpillar 308 CR excavator offers power and performance

in a wide range of applications. Its fixed boom and compact radius design limit overhang, allowing the

machine to operate in confined spaces. In comparison to a swing boom design, the fixed boom also enables vertical wall digging and improves lifting performance when working at a close radius to the machine. Other highlights include load-sensing hydraulics with a variable

displacement pump providing oil flow up to 167 L/min, a comfortable and climate-controlled cab, the ability to fit Cat’s TRS8 TiltRotate System, enhanced visibility and an optional rearview camera linking to the in-cab monitor. Caterpillar has also announced the smaller 302.7 CR, 303 CR and 303.5 CR excavators in the 2.7 to 3.5-tonne

class. Each new model features stick steer, cruise control, operator adjustable settings, and tilt-up canopy or cab as standard equipment. The Cat C1.1 Turbo engine powers the 302.7 CR and 303 CR models, while the Cat C1.7 provides the powertrain for the 303.5 CR.

Both engines meet Stage V emission standards and offer 17.6 kW net power. The new excavators are offered in choice of canopy or cab enclosures, and can be equipped with heating and/or air conditioning for all-weather performance.

MHM goes greener MHM Group has confirmed that its range of diesel powered

generators and lighting towers is now fully compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel. HVO is a renewable alternative to traditional diesel fuel, and is

based on vegetable oils, grease and similar residues. In practical terms, HVO fuel can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% when likened with fossil-fuel equivalents. Put another way, every 1000 litres of diesel burned produces 3.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas CO2, compared to just 195kg GHG CO2 for every 1000 litres of HVO. In addition, HVO fuel can be safely stored for up to ten years,

while regular diesel can only be stored between six and 12 months. Thus using HVO can reduce the possibility of fuel contamination, breakdowns and fuel testing. What's more, tests indicate that HVO fuel provides better starting, cleaner combustion and consequently less chance of waxing and water retention in extreme temperatures. MHM asks that all HVO used in its equipment adheres to BS EN

15940:2016. As such, the company recommends that HVO is bought from the fuel specialist Crown Oil, which delivers nationwide. Commenting on

the new move, MHM Group MD, Mat Llewellyn said: “We are moving forward with plans to ensure that our rehire fleet becomes entirely emission-free. Using HVO is significant a part of this process, however we are continuing to invest heavily in other renewables such as solar and battery hybrid machines."

Feel the burn Find out more about HVO and MHM’s estimable product range at:

UPA snaps up scissors United Powered Access has added a range of LGMG scissor

lifts, which were supplied by Access Platform Sales. The company has acquired 13 LGMG SR-1623 D diesel

scissor lifts, with the new equipment attaining a maximum working height of 18m. It also plans to purchase several more over the coming 18 months. In addition, five LGMG AS0607WE electric scissor lifts have been added to the fleet, with a maximum working height of 7.8m, as well an LGMG AS1212E scissor lift, which has a 14m working height. UPA General Manager Jason O'Brien said: "We have a

long-standing relationship with APS. Having purchased numerous vehicles from the company previously, we're confident they can meet our high-quality standards and their service is always good.” While Mike Weatherill, APS sales manager in North West

England added: "It's great to have such good feedback from Jason and his team at UPA, both in terms of our ability to deliver quickly and the LGMG product. "We believe LGMG scissor lifts represent the ideal option.

They provide clients with a high quality, reliable access platform, with smart innovations to make working at height easier and safer, with simple operating systems that end- user clients really like."

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