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26May94 UK: HUGHES CALLS IN FIVE MOXYS.

Civils contractor and plant hirer H T Hughes has bought the first batch of Norwegian-built Moxy dump trucks to be sold since Marubeni-Komatsu took over the distributorship earlier this year.Based at Fareham, near Southampton, H T Hughes has taken five MT27 trucks, bringing its fleet of articulated Moxys to nine.Two of the MT27s are being used at Southampton airport while the others are working on a nearby landfill site run by Leigh Environmental. H T Hughes is working for its parent firm, contractor T P Hoare, on the 50-week airport upgrade project which started last September.The Moxy trucks are moving 13,000 cu m of muck from foundation excavations for a new terminal building and additional car parking. The earth is being used to construct 500 m long by 50 m wide bunds, which taper from a height of 6 m down to ground level.The bunds are designed to protect nearby housing from airport noise. H T Hughes is excavating the spoil from the site of the old car parks and a building which is being demolished.The firm is using Komatsu and Fiat Hitachi excavators fitted with hydraulic breakers to smash up a 12,000 sq m by 200 mm thick area of the concrete car park. This material is being reclaimed on site by a crusher.H T Hughes bought its last batch of Moxys three years ago and still runs these earlier 6227 models alongside the MT27s. Moxy builds three models and the MT30 with its 16.1 cu m dump body is very close in specification to the 14.3 cu m capacity MT27; both have a 27.3 tonne capacity.Operations manager Mike Harding says his firm chose the MT27 because it is more suited to muckshifting, whereas the MT30 is primarily a quarrying machine. Both trucks feature Scania diesels delivering 254 PS at 2,200 rpm driving through a six-speed semi-automatic ZF gearbox, although the MT27 is fitted with lower ratios than the MT30. CONSTRUCTION NEWS