Posted by on 11 January 2013

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It’s great to see Alan taking his father Kelston to visit some of our sites. This picture is just some of our guys and behind a selection of New Volvo Equipment we have working in the Quarry.











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Posted by on 14 December 2012

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The picture below is the delivery by our Heavy Lowloader Transportation of a New VOLVO EC700CL Tracked Excavator.

The machine weighs 75 tons and will be put to work loading our VOLVO A40F Dumptrucks at  Aggregate Industries Torr Works Quarry.

The EC700CL joins the large fleet of giant Excavators operated by us.











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Posted by on 21 November 2012

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The Mineral Products Association's prestigious Health & Safety conference and awards 2012 took place on the 13th November at BAFTA in London.

There were 142 entries from 32 different companies, Kelston Sparkes Group was one of those entries as part of the Tarmac Safety Partnership Group, this is where Tarmac have worked with their top ten contractors over the last 16 months to recognise and share best practise, resulting in improved safety standards, our entry was runner up.

Terry O'callaghan won an award for Exceptional Personal Contribution to Health & Safety.













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Posted by on 5 October 2012

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Please see some pictures of the ‘new look’  Ford vans we have just purchased. They are the new shape, low emission, fuel efficient  Ford Fiesta 70 vans.

They will be used to transport our machine operator’s, equipped with their machine’s daily maintenance requirements to our hire customers sites and our quarrying and earthworks contracts around the country.




























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Posted by on 19 September 2012

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New Generation Hamm H20i Rollers working on the Coastal management Project, Steart Peninsula, Nr. Bridgwater, Somerset.

The Kelston Sparkes Group, have always operated a large fleet of 12 – 18 ton self propelled rollers, that can have pad-foot shells fitted to the drums for superior compaction. We have operated the Hamm roller brand for over 20 years and find the rollers to be well built, operator friendly, reliable and at the forefront of introducing new technology and emission reduction to the compaction problems.


Please contact our Plant Department for any rates or advice.






























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Posted by on 10 August 2012

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At Kelston Sparkes we have a fleet of low loaders that are available to move all types of cargo and plant. We can also move abnormal loads and can do all the necessary paperwork to notify all the relevant authorities.

Please contact Tony on the hire desk if you would have any loads  that need moving.



































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Terex Finlay 984 Makes Its Debut With The Kelston Sparkes Group Installed by Finlay Plant SW

Posted by on 4 July 2012

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The awesome, next-generation Terex Finlay 984 has made its debut in England, where it is doing the work of three machines - transforming the screening of limestone in the West Country.

Representatives from the Kelston Sparkes Group visited France to see one of the machines in action before specifying it for their screening operation in Frome, Somerset, where the company is contracted by Tarmac to handle dry stone production at Halecombe Quarry.

Supplied by Finlay Plant SW, the machine is currently operating at a rate of 300 tonnes per hour, although Terry O’Callaghan, General Manager of Kelston Sparkes Group, says the machine could run up to 320 tonnes per hour if required.

The economic benefits are compelling – as well as removing the need for two screens and their associated running costs, the machine is also producing 50 tonnes per hour more than was previously achieved on the site.

To aid productivity, Kelston Sparkes Group worked with Gareth Johnson, Managing Director of Finlay Plant SW, to develop a larger hopper to shovel-load 75 mm aggregate in.

Terry O’Callaghan said: “The 984 was the only type of machine on the market that could do what we needed."

“It does the tonnage and has accomplished what we set out to achieve".

“The need for two screeners has also been taken out, which were previously used to take out the dust on 4mm decks, as this new machine takes out the dust sufficiently well.”

Representing the latest in high volume screening technology, the Terex Finlay 984 is a horizontal, three deck screener that is easy to set up, versatile and ideal for handling large volumes of material in quarrying, mining and recycling applications.

It incorporates the 6100mm x 1930mm Terex Cedarapids 6203 triple shaft screen, enabling the screening of four sizes of products for maximum output.

Despite its power, the machine is easy to move between sites, with the four on-board product conveyors - which provide generous stockpiling capacity - able to fold hydraulically into one of the smallest transport envelopes for this class of machine.

Other features include an oval-throw action, which makes the horizontal screen virtually non-plugging, and the ability to fine tune stroke angle, amplitude and the speed of the screenbox, to allow throughput of materials up to 800 tonnes per hour.

Over the years, Finlay Plant SW has worked with Kelston Sparkes Plant Hire to deliver nine machines into the business, which has been established for 60 years.

Terry added: “Finlay Plant SW has always given us good service".“We do our own maintenance and back-up support and advice is always available".

“Access to spare parts is also reliable and the machines we’ve had over the years have all been good.”

Tarmac’s Halecombe Unit manager, Garry Wason, said: “We’re really pleased to have a machine on site that so greatly improves our productivity, and we are happy to be working with Kelston Sparkes to achieve maximum efficiency and maintain a high quality output."

“The extra tonnage per hour makes our production targets more achievable while keeping in line with our company's cost reduction plan.

“Sustainability is an important consideration for Tarmac, and the 984 has had a big impact on this by allowing us to dispense with two other machines, improving our specific energy consumption and reducing our carbon footprint.”  

Gareth Johnson, Managing Director of Finlay Plant SW, which is part of the Finlay Group of companies, said: “The introduction of the 984 has transformed the volume of aggregate produced at Halecombe."

The plant can work with other Terex Finlay machinery at the site, and offers maximum performance.

“This is the first installation of the 984 in England and Wales and we are sure its unique qualities will soon see it become increasingly valued across the quarrying, mining and recycling sectors.”


Please click on the link below to view the video of the 984 in action:

Kelston Sparkes Video


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Posted by on 7 June 2012

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Article from Down to Earth monthly magazine



Please, see below a new CAT D6T LGP DOZER.




















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Posted by on 29 May 2012

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New Fleet addition CAT D6T LGP  PAT Blade Accugrade ready. Delivered to our yard on 28th May 2012 to have another TRIMBLE GPS system fitted.































Have an enjoyable Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Posted by on 25 May 2012

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Here is the letter that Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation have sent to us.

We also want to say thank you to them and all the people involved for a great charity day. Our team didn't win but we had a 'cracking' time!



















Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

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