Plentiful Plantworx

Those who braved the wet conditions during Plantworx, held at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, were rewarded with the opportunity to see many innovative product launches.

Hatz makes the cut

Hatz GB showed an unusual application for one of its latest diesel engine models. An eye- catching presence on the company’s stand was a McConnel Robocut R75 mower, a remotely controlled machine that can negotiate slopes of up to 50° when working on highway verges and similar areas. The engine fitted is

either a 3H50 or 4H50 model, depending on the destination market, and Hatz’s engineers

adapted the units to enable them to work efficiently on steep gradients. 01455 622100 0808 168 9099 Kubota shows LPG prototype

Kubota showed a prototype version of its KX019-4 mini excavator running on LPG. The gas bottle housing is designed for easy deployment. The variable

width machine has a similar specification to its diesel counterpart, and the manufacturer believes it will appeal to operators working in locations where levels of noise and emissions have to be minimised.

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Mecalac previews 3-tonne cabbed dumper

Mecalac showed a 3-tonne addition to its cabbed site dumper range, namely the 3MDX model. Scheduled for launch in 2020, it has a 50hp Kubota engine with hydrostatic transmission and weighs 2,810kg. Also on display was the re-designed TV1200 tandem roller,

which has a joystick control instead of a steering wheel, giving more legroom in the footwell area.

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MHM’s green approach

MHM Plant promoted an environmentally-friendly line-up at Plantworx including the new X-Pole Solar, a standalone, self- powered lighting tower. It is designed for portability and its manual mast extends to a maximum 5.5m. The 50W LED lighting head is mounted on the underside of the

unit’s solar panel. Passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors are fitted to dim the output if no-one is detected in the vicinity. Also on show was the X-Solar Hybrid towable mobile unit,

which has four 1,000W LED heads and a 9m mast. The machine has an integral 3.5kVA backup diesel generator, but MHM believes that the efficiency of the solar panels means it will rarely be required in typical operating conditions.

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