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akerman

Post #1 by pete3cx » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:38 pm

is there nobody out there who has drove an akerman machine


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Post #2 by gaz485 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:42 pm

yes pete i,ve done some time on them, h16 and ec380 just as it changed to volvo. 380 burned out with me.


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Re: akerman

Post #3 by Martyn Henley » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:49 pm

Yes Pete me too ...H3 and H7 but that was way back, that was for a local company that used to run them, Bowzell plant hire,but they got bought out sometime back ..why do you ask ?


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Re: akerman

Post #4 by pete3cx » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:45 pm

it is just that you dont hear that much about them


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Re: akerman

Post #5 by Nick Drew » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:39 pm

pete3cx wrote:it is just that you dont hear that much about them


Hi Pete,

You Can see & learn a lot more about Akermans over at our sister site Maskinisten which started its life as a site dedicated to the Akerman brand.

Indeed Holgers Father Anton worked for them for many years and has fantastic knowledge about the machines :thumbs_up:

Simply click on the banner at the top of the page ;)

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Post #6 by Robban_C » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:32 pm

And you can always write your posts in English on Maskinisten. Most of the members can read/write English.
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Post #7 by Hugh Jaleak » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:53 am

Company where I learned to drive 360's used to run a number of Akerman tracked machines, Liebherr was the preferred choice for rubber ducks. Think the H14b was biggest they had, although I didnt see very much of it working, it was an awesome tool as I remember. Did work alongside a H10d and a Hitachi UH 081 on a sewer job, before boss swapped the pair for a Liebherr A912 when the job left the field and went out onto the road. Company bought some of the later models with the "new comfort" cab, and finally an EC230 before Akerman changed to Volvo. Now running all Volvo fleet on tracks and wheels I think. (If i ever get a scanner will dig some pics out and put them up.)

Largest ive seen working was an ancient H25 on for Wyatt, (subbing to Galliford), early 80's. A local demo guy has a H7 or H10, its just about visible on Google Earth in yard at the back of his house, along with an MF 400 tracked shovel. (He also had a Liebherr A900 though this may be under trees.)

Never been fortunate enough to drive an Akerman, did try talking my old boss at the transfer station into buying one, (despite a 2nd recommendation from his mate in the pub he bought a MF 450D instead and regretted it!)


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Post #8 by denick » Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:26 am

Pete,

We own 3 Akermans that work every day. A 1986 H10, 1990 H3B and 1990 H10BLC. Great machines. I wish someone would buy up the rights to them and start producing them again.

The H3B and The H10 digging a 2 level trench in tandem.
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Post #9 by bob » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:32 am

Largest ive seen working was an ancient H25 on for Wyatt, (subbing to Galliford), early 80's.

I have driven this when it came back to norfolk for repairs when fixed I had it for a few days on local job if I remember right you had to disengage the dipper arm to track,bit awkward to take of low loader over the side.
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Post #10 by DaveS » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:54 pm

denick wrote:I wish someone would buy up the rights to them and start producing them again.


Volvo own them, but now make the Samsung derived excavators instead. The Akerman was just too expensive to produce.

I believe the Volvo rubber ducks are made in one of Akerman's old German factories. The tracked Akermans were made in Sweden.

They were very popular in the forests fitted with a tree harvesting head. The Forestry Commission had a substantial fleet of them fitted with Lako heads- so much so that they took on the Lako agency!

The harvesting head and the computer to run it cost almost as much as the ecxavator.

Here's an early harvester conversion with a Lako head, followed by a later H7c with a Silvatec head and carrying a urea tank for stump treatment.

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