From Hillhead To Quarry Taskforce
Continuing investment in its crushing and
screening division, plant hire and con-
tracting firm, Woods, has chosen to up-
date 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 be-
come one of the largest contract crushing
and screening processors in the UK, an-
nually producing over two million tonnes
of quality materials.
To maintain its high level of productivity and custom-
er expectations, Woods regularly replenishes machines
within its active fleet; replacing vehicles with newer
models to keep output and efficiency at optimum
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
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, ex-
“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 pac-
es 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.
•Bell Equipment UK
Ultra-Large Excavator Increases Productivity At
Tarmac has invested in a Hitachi EX1900-6 ul-
tra-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 di-
rectly into a 200-tonne mobile crusher. A field
conveyor takes the material to a secondary crush-
er 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
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
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.
•Hitachi Construction Equipment
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