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Construction showcase

EHN braved the unseasonably wet conditions to report on some of the new machinery and equipment with hire potential shown at the recent Plantworx exhibition.

Kubota launches new 4-tonner

Kubota’s new KX042-4 mini excavator received its first UK public viewing at Plantworx. The 4.2-tonne machine has been designed for environmental friendliness in advance of the Stage V emissions regulations which come into effect from 2019. Two operating modes are provided. The Power setting is claimed to

offer a 3% increase in productivity and to use 12% less fuel than its predecessor, the KX121, while Eco mode gives the same productivity rate as the previous model while consuming up to 20% less fuel. The KX042-4 has a 29kW diesel engine and comes with auto-idle, auto-shift and dozer blade floating capability. Systems are incorporated to prevent the engine from starting

when the safety lever is lowered, and to prevent unexpected excavator and attachment movement when entering or exiting the machine.

Bomag’s half-century

Bomag (GB) was in a celebratory mood, since 2017 marks not just its 50th birthday, but also the 60th anniversary of

its German parent. At Plantworx, the company’s large stand display included machines from its three main product groups, namely compaction, milling and paving. An option on the manufacturer’s vibratory plates and asphalt

rollers is the Economizer system which measures the level of compaction achieved and shows this on a display. When the indicated value no longer increases, the operator knows the task is completed, saving time and fuel.

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Kubota UK MD, Dave Roberts, told EHN that early trials of the KX042-4 with hire companies and their customers have generated much positive feedback, and he believes that the unit’s greater productivity could allow hirers to achieve the same rate as for a typical 5-tonne machine.

01844 873191 Emergency heat from Arcotherm

New from Arcotherm is the RT 110, which the company describes as a self-contained, road-towable diesel heating solution for fast deployment in emergencies such as flooding, as well as for use at construction sites and events. At the heart of the machine is a

100kW indirect fired heater from the company’s Phoen range, driven by a Kubota engine. It also incorporates a 407-litre bunded fuel tank to provide up to 40 hours’ continuous running time, and a 3.5kVA generator. Swivelling spotlights are fitted at the front and rear for illumination when manoeuvring the unit in dark conditions. Two additional models with larger heaters are in development.

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