Have you been to Diggerland Theme Park? Do you consider yourself to be a digger fanatic? Whilst we normally offer school trips in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire, COVID-19 has stopped us in our tracks. We are all left homeschooling for the time being instead! Fear not, enjoy learning some cool facts about our diggers and other construction machinery, and you will be tested at the end!
Telehandlers are a popular machine to have on construction sites, think of them as a cross between a fork lift and a crane. You’ve probably seen plenty, even if you didn’t know the name of them!
- They are used mainly for transporting materials, and are very efficient in carrying large barrels of hay, or in our case people.
- At Diggerland Theme Park we use a JCB telehandler for Groundshuttle and a Manitou telehandler for Skyshuttle.
- We only have the very best machinery for our parks, if you’ve been on Skyshuttle, you’ll know that the machine lifts you 50 feet in the air, which is the equivalent of 5 elephants stacked on top of each other!
Here at Diggerland we have multiple Dumper Trucks available for our visitors to operate and ride around on, but how much do you really know about this particular construction machinery?
- Did you know that the Dumper Trucks used at our Theme Parks are one tonne Thwaites Site Dumpers. This may not seem like a lot because of the size of them but they can actually hold the equivalent of two horses!
- A dumper truck is normally used for carrying heavy loads and transporting material. This could include stones, dirt, or even cement bags.
- The advantage of using a dumper truck is that they are smaller than typical construction machinery, so it is great for small spaces such as a motorway or a roadside.
- The Dumper Trucks at Diggerland have been adapted to only go the same speed as someone walking, purely for our visitors safety, but they could go a lot quicker!
We have tons of excavators at our Diggerland parks, obviously!
If you’ve been on all of our rides you will know that we have mini diggers, as well as larger diggers.
- In the construction world there are two types of excavators, wheeled and tracked. As the names suggest, one type have wheels to move around with and tracked excavators have a set of steel tracks that rotate when the machine is moved.
- The excavators we have at our theme parks are manufactured by Komatsu and JCB.
- All construction machines manufactured by JCB and other companies are yellow so they can be visible on construction sites for safety reasons.
Probably the most well-known type of construction machinery, produced by JCB. At our theme park we use Backhoe Loaders for our JCB ride. For all of our keen Diggerland fans who have enjoyed our JCB ride will know the machine is fitted with a scoop at the front of the machine, and a bucket at the rear.
This type of machine can be used on a construction site as well as for farming purposes and transporting materials.
Did you know both loaders have separate controls, so the operator can swivel the chair round to use the back bucket as well as the loader at the front!
It’s quiz time…
Try and avoid the tempting urge to scroll back up to find the answers, we want to find all of the true digger fans!
Question 1: Our Excavators are made by which two manufacturing companies?
A) JCB and Thwaites B) Komatsu and JCB C) Komatsu and Manitou
Question 2: What tonne dumper trucks do we use at Diggerland?
A) 1 Tonne B) 5 Tonne C) 10 Tonne
Question 3: Skyshuttle lifts you how far up in the air?
A) 5 feet B) 50 feet C) 500 feet
Question 4: Our Telehandlers are made by which two manufacturing companies?
A) Manitou and JCB B) JCB and Komatsu C) Thwaites and JCB
Question 5: What colour are diggers?
A) Pink B) Yellow C) Green
Find the answers at the bottom of the page!
How did you do? If you didn’t get all of them correct you definitely take a trip to one of our Diggerland Theme Parks for a family day out. Tickets are available to pre-book today, so make sure you book yours to guarantee you entry for your chosen visit date.