Out & About
From Hillhead To Quarry Taskforce
Continuing investment in its crushing and screening division, plant hire and contracting firm, Woods, has chosen to update two of its Bell Equipment L2606E Loaders with like-for-like models of the extremely productive machines.
Having developed its crushing and screening division considerably in recent years, the Derbyshire-based firm has become one of the largest contract crushing and screening processors in the UK, annually producing over two million tonnes of quality materials.
To maintain its high level of productivity and customer expectations, Woods regularly replenishes machines within its active fleet; replacing vehicles with newer models to keep output and efficiency at optimum levels.
The company’s most recent investment has been the purchase of the two new L2606E Loaders, both of which were showcased at the recent Hillhead 2016 exhibition, before being delivered to Woods for immediate use on site.
Now being put through their paces at two different quarry locations, the loaders, with capabilities already familiar to the Woods’ team, are already showing their worth. Woods’ managing director, John Hattersley, explains more:
After having enjoyed a brief pit stop at Hillhead, and attracting attention both on the Bell stand and in the demo area, our new L2606Es have now been delivered and are thriving in the crushing and screening environment.
We’ve put Bell Loaders through their paces in the past, so we’ve every confidence that these machines will be up to the task.
If a particular machine proves itself to us in terms of yield, reliability, strength and quality, it makes sense to replace that exact same model when it’s time for a fleet replenishment – which is why we returned to Bell Equipment for our most recent loaders.
Ultra-Large Excavator Increases Productivity At Swinden Quarry
Tarmac has invested in a Hitachi EX1900-6 ultra-large excavator for its Swinden Quarry in North Yorkshire. The site’s new primary mover is helping to reduce operational hours at the site by increasing productivity and efficiency.
The excavator is used to load up to 1,200 tonnes of carboniferous limestone per hour directly into a 200-tonne mobile crusher. A field conveyor takes the material to a secondary crusher at an average rate of 1,000 tonnes per hour.
The Hitachi model was supplied with a longer boom and arm, and a smaller 8.0 m³ bucket, than is customary on a machine of this size.
This is because it needs a larger working range to reach the limestone and load the crusher,
says Mark Turnham, Mines & Quarries Manager at Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK).
It means the primary crusher doesn’t need to be moved as frequently – this can take 45 minutes – so it enhances the efficiency of the process.
Swinden Quarry produces various sizes of aggregates, from 100 mm down to dust (including grades of 80, 40, 28, 20, 14, 10 and 6). The material is either directly transferred to the site’s rail siding via a conveyor or into the ‘toast rack’ storage, from which a wheel loader can directly load customers’ trucks.