Land & Water Plant Hire recently took delivery of a new 20 meter, long-reach excavator.
They made this investment to ensure Breedon Group has a reliable, long term, production solution at Astley Moss, a quarry which is situated near Manchester.
The sand and gravel is excavated from the quarry bed and loaded onto one of Land & Water’s split barges.
The barge is moved easily around the lake by a 250 HP river class tug which has again been designed by the Land & Water team. The barge splits at the edge of the lake, dropping around 100t of sand and gravel into the shallow water at the bank.
The process gives the material a valuable first “wash” removing much of the fine silt.
A Hitachi ZX 350 long reach excavator is then used to remove the washed material to the bank where it is stockpiled and will drain more quickly because of this first wash. Around 24 hours later, the stockpile is loaded directly into the plant for washing and processing.