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Loading up on the past: a history of wheel loaders (Part 3)

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While manufacturers began producing larger model wheel loaders in the 1950s, it was only in the next decade that the trend towards ‘bigger is better’ really took off. In 1963, following Caterpillar’s introduction of its 4.5m3 Model 988, the need for ... Read full article

The genesis of generators (part 3)

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A genset, or engine generator, is a combination electric motor-generator used where a continuous flow of electricity is needed. Generators have had a huge impact on the construction industry in particular, allowing work on projects to continue at nig... Read full article

The genesis of generators (part 2)

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The foundation for building electric motors was laid with the invention of the battery by Allessandro Volta in 1800, the generation of a magnetic field from an electric current by Hans Christian Oersted in 1820, and the invention of the electromagnet... Read full article

The genesis of generators (part 1)

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Generators convert mechanical energy into electrical energy — an invention that has proved particularly useful to the equipment industries.... Read full article

Homegrown success: the story of Bell Equipment (Part 6)

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The past 63 years has not been all smooth sailing for the Bell brand. The volatility of the global economy and commodity prices have impacted Bell’s results.... Read full article

Homegrown success: the story of Bell Equipment (Part 5)

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Bell Equipment is no stranger to strategic alliances, and a more substantial partnership with AARD will not be the first venture of its kind for the company, which has teamed up with several select global equipment manufacturers in the past as part o... Read full article

Raising the bar: a history of cranes (Part 3)

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Both ancient and medieval cranes were almost exclusively used for vertical lifting, and not for any sort of horizontal movement of loads. ... Read full article

Raising the bar: a history of cranes (Part 2)

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During the days of the Roman Empire, construction activity soared, with the Greek crane being adopted and further developed by the Romans.... Read full article

Raising the bar: a history of cranes (Part 1)

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Cranes are the most commonly used lifting equipment for large loads, and have been in one form or another, for centuries. ... Read full article

Rolling out the red carpet: a history of rollers (part 1)

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Rollers have been around in one form or another for centuries, primarily as agricultural tools. But it was only with the invention of the steam engine that their full potential in building and construction could be realised.... Read full article

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