Despite the tight economic environment, the small plant and tool sector is continuing to produce a fair degree of innovation. Here Construction News presents a selection of the current crop of equipment new to the marketplace
NKLifton has introduced a 2-tonne, four-wheel drive Lifton dumper aimed at work on restricted sites. The hydrostatic 2001 has a 22kW Yanmar 3-cylinder engine, is fitted with a powerswivel skip and is less than 1.5 m wide.The machine is designed for operation on rough terrain, with 380 mm of ground clearance and a Twin-Lock system which provides automatic torque transfer between the wheels.
Murex has launched its top-of-the-range MIG welder, providing a welding range of 45 to 310 amps. The Tradesmig 313 MG operates from a 415 V three-phase electricity supply and features 12 step voltage selection, providing 300 amps at 30 per cent duty, down to 180 amps continuous.
Norton Diamond Products
Norton has launched a purposebuilt bench saw for block paviors. The Mini Clipper uses a 300 mm diamond blade, which can cross-cut a pavior in under five seconds. The double-action head allows diagonal as well as lateral cutting.
A 2.5 hp motor permits wet and dry cutting and comes with accessories including dust extraction and water supply kit.
Birchwood has upgraded the security of its Van Vault toolbox range. The boxes feature low-visibility black paint to avoid detection and improved anti-drill locks.
Central Equipment has developed a modular aluminium tower that can be folded to fit into a hatchback. The modular tower's components push together, avoiding the need for nuts and bolts.
The tower comes as a 3 m-high basic format, with additional parts available to extend it to 7.5 m.
HSS has launched what it claims is the first pipe-drilling rig for the UK hire industry. The Golz rig (below) allows precise holes to be drilled in concrete pipes and manhole covers. It is widely used in mainland Europe but has yet to be adopted here. The hirer says the rig provides a much quicker and cleaner result than the conventional Stihl saw - taking up to a quarter of the time.
Hy-Mate has unveiled the Easy Mate Stock Picker (right), a self-propelled machine reaching up to 9.1 m from a height of 0.5 m. Its width is 800 mm, allowing it to be manoeuvred through narrow aisles, and its extending platform allows additional load to be carried. The company says the Easy Mate is an economic alternative to similar platforms, which are often limited to 3 m in height.