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CDE committed to C&D recycling

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Construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling is drawing increasing attention from the construction sector, although most South African public sector tenders still specify only virgin material should be used.... Read full article

Bulldozing ahead: the largest dozers

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Komatsu’s D575A is currently the largest bulldozer in production, and has been produced by Komatsu since 1991, with surface mine operators in the US, Canada and Australia being the primary users.... Read full article

Bulldozing ahead: A history of dozers

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The bulldozer is the most frequently used earthmoving machine on construction projects, and has been around for over a century, with related designs and patents going back even further.... Read full article

Loading up on the past: a history of wheel loaders (Part 1)

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While excavators were the earliest documented self-powered earthmoving machines, the idea of mounting a bucket attachment onto a tractor is a relatively recent one in earthmoving circles, and it wasn’t until the third decade of the twentieth century... Read full article

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

Burrowing behemoths: the largest TBMs

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Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) have been around for more than 170 years, and have continued to grow and improve over that time.... Read full article

Like a Colossus: the world’s largest land vehicle

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Bagger 293, previously known as the MAN TAKRAF RB293, is a giant bucket-wheel excavator made by German industrial company TAKRAF and the Guinness World Record-holder for the largest land vehicle.... Read full article

World’s first 3D printed excavator debuts at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

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The theme of this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG was ‘Imagine What’s Next’ and the demonstration of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator, known as Project AME (Additive Manufactured Excavator), was the perfect embodiment of this idea.... Read full article

Digging up the past: A history of excavators (Part 1)

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Excavators have long been a staple of the earthmoving scene, first taking the form of cable-operated machines that were the earliest documented self-powered earthmoving machine, and later being replaced by the hydraulic machines we recognise today.... Read full article

Digging up the past: A history of excavators (Part 2)

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Although hydraulic excavators were used in the late nineteenth century, they were significantly different to the machines we know today. Those early excavators used water rather than oil to transmit power and were largely unsuccessful.... Read full article

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