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 Mobile Quarry
Equipment cover story
   Because the train blocks the access, trucks are unable to drive into the yard so one of the two L 586 XPower loaders has to move some of the deposited stone to the far side of the stockpile and then, shuttling back and forth, make additional space to drop more material.
Elsewhere, the LH 60 handler sits on a stable undercarriage around six metres long by five metres wide. A sliding cab door allows easy access to the cab from which the operator enjoys the power provided by an 8-litre, 4-cylinder Liebherr diesel delivering 258hp. The material handling equipment of 8.5m curved boom and short dipper carries the 3m3 clamshell grab with ease.
Operators at Ashville are big fans of the Liebherr cab having spent many hours on competing manufacturers’ machines doing similar work. “It’s a really comfortable place to work. You’ve got great visibility all around, plus the numerous camera systems covering the blind spots make it relaxing to drive,” said Daniel. “We’re pushed all the time to unload the material as quickly but as safely as possible and as long as I level the material off around me, I can track the machine anywhere and it will be stable. It’s really impressive.”
Unlike the experience with his previous machine supplier, Daniel is impressed with the servicing and back-up from Liebherr. “We had an issue one Saturday morning with both wheeled loaders,” he recalled. “I couldn’t fault the way that Biggleswade responded to our phone call. We called about 8.30 in the morning and both loaders were back up and running by 1pm. If Liebherr couldn’t have solved the issue, we wouldn’t have been able to unload the train and that would have cost us big time.”
show, ‘Ashville Weekly’ is released. It means I will have more time to at least get one good night’s sleep a week.”
Business benefits. “It has definitely raised awareness of the business and helped our website rankings. Small to medium businesses are very enthusiastic about using Ashville and larger corporations with a more corporate structure are beginning to show interest.”
Viewer and customer feedback. “Viewers say a mix of things - inspirational, educational, a breath of fresh air and it’s part of their Sunday.
Being a sociable chap. “I started with social media when my friend Yianni at Yiannimize [supercar customiser for Premier League footballers and other celebrities] encouraged me to share with the world what I did on a daily basis. For a very long time I did not want to do it as it is something that is often frowned upon in the industry but once I started and received good feedback, I never looked back.”
Juggling business and video making. “It is very difficult. I do enjoy it, but it means I never have a day off. We have recently started to work with a new system which means there is a week’s delay until our July-Aug 21 - Issue 69
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