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Earthmovers & Excavators

Issue 364

Earthmovers & Excavators is the earthmoving and civil construction industry’s most important business tool, with the multi-platform media brand relied upon as the No.1 place to search, compare, buy and sell construction machinery, new and used.

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earthmovers & excavators

Editorial EDITOR Randall Johnston Email: randall.johnston@bauertrader.com.au DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER Brad Lockyer Email: brad.lockyer@bauertrader.com.au CONTRIBUTORS Cobey Bartels, Harrison Hunkin, Ron Horner, Cameron Officer SUB EDITOR Cat Fitzpatrick EDITORIAL DESIGNER Daz Woolley Digital PRODUCER Michael Cahill Marketing & Distribution MARKETING MANAGER Andrew Amato CIRCULATION MANAGER Stuart Jones Advertising BRAND SALES MANAGER Greg Messenger 07 3101 6615 greg.messenger@bauertrader.com.au KEY ACCOUNTS DIRECTOR Peter Gatti 0437 895 600 peter.gatti@bauertrader.com.au NSW Carl Rakusin 0409 838 984 carl.rakusin@bauertrader.com.au VIC James Rock 0417 052 766 james.rock@bauerxcelmedia.com.au QLD Greg Messenger 07 3101 6615 greg.messenger@bauertrader.com.au SA Nick Lenthall 0439 485 835 nick.lenthall@bauertrader.com.au WA Greg Boase 0438 905 869 greg.boase@bauertrader.com.au Finance BUSINESS ANALYST Andrew Hughes Executive Group GM – PUBLISHING Terry Williams-King GM – INDUSTRY Graham Gardiner SALES DIRECTOR Matt Rice SENIOR PRODUCER Tim Kennington FINANCE MANAGER Cain Murphy SUPPORT SERVICES MANAGER Regina Fellner…

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cleaving together

Rock breaker and demolition attachment manufacturer, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology – Rammer, has recently formed a new partnership with renowned Queensland supplier, QLD Rock Breakers (QRB), based in Rocklea, Brisbane. Formalising an agreement in July this year, both Sandvik and QLD Rock Breakers see the partnership as a positive step and the next phase of business growth. QLD Rock Breakers has been the leading rock breaker supplier in QLD for more than 20 years. This has seen the company grow from humble beginnings to become a premium equipment supplier, capable of offering not only genuine certified Rammer products but also backing this up with the only Rammer certified service centre in QLD. This will also see QRB service PNG and South Pacific Islands (excluding New Zealand) for Rammer products. “We see the…

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high performance design

Kobelco has released its Next Generation SK75SR-7 and SK85MSR-7 excavators in its midi range. “Several years of research and development, including listening to valuable feedback from owners of the previous SK75SR-3 and SK85MSR-3 models, has led to the significant improvements you see in these new models, raising the bar yet again in excavator design and innovation,” says Kobelco general manager of product and distribution Mark Johnson says. “The new SK75SR-7 and SK85MSR-7 excavators offer superior performance, greater efficiency and productivity with increased power and speed. The interior cab fit out presents more like that of a European car than an excavator, providing operators with optimal comfort with a simple and elegant design and aesthetic sense,” Johnson says. Specification include an increase in engine output and lifting capacity. With a digging force of 60.2kN,…

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autonomous ready

“Komatsu focuses on autonomous technology-driven job creation, with focus on safety, diversity, upskilling and an innovative flexible work force that marries our people’s needs with business goals. This is our blueprint for the future,” Komatsu Australia CEO and managing director Sean Taylor says. Komatsu Australia executive general manager – mining Leo Kaloglou says it was Komatsu Australia that 20 years ago spearheaded the world first automation of mining equipment, which is now known to the industry as Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS). “Komatsu has 250 AHS trucks deployed and 180 operating now globally across three continents, across nine mine sites, and recently became the first autonomous truck qualified to operate on private long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology in commercial operations. “The operation of FrontRunner AHS technology has been tested across three different commodities…

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growth boost

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that it is at the forefront of supporting infrastructure growth across India. Paving quality roads is a source of pride for P. Prabhakar Reddy, a public works contractor in Bellary, Karnataka, India, where a fleet of Volvo CE machines have been used on projects including the 344km NH-167 highway. “Tough smooth roads generate more growth and vibrancy in the economy and definitely more smiles,” Reddy says. The Volvo CE fleet includes two DD100 asphalt compactors, four DD90B asphalt compactors and a P5320B ABG tracked sensor paver. Reddy says the P5320B ABG tracked sensor paver stands alone in its class in terms of paving quality and hassle-free operations. He is also pleasantly surprised that, even with the sophisticated design to boost paving quality, productivity, fuel and efficiency,…

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early start

“I bought a 10.7 ton excavator and that was the start of Starbuck Excavation,” says James Starbuck, now the owner of a successful Melbourne-based business. “In the beginning I took on any work I could find, including labouring, landscaping and working as a contractor. I hired my first full-time operator and he continues to work for me to this day.” Now, Starbuck Excavation is a well-known name and has earned an influencer status with its strong social media following within the earthmoving industry. The company employs 30 full-time staff and as many full-time sub-contractors. “We run a couple of trucks and have 18 machines in the fleet including bulldozers, excavators, posi-tracks and rollers,” says Starbuck, explaining that the company does everything “from your basic residential site cuts through to large underground basements. Piles, retention,…