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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 359

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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in safe hands

It’s actually simple stuff that makes good customer relationships. R DO Equipment has officially taken over as the John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment dealer in all Australian states except Western Australia, and general manager of sales Mark Kuhn says the brand is set to make a big impact on the domestic market. By early next year, Australian customers will be able to purchase the full line of John Deere products, including graders, wheel loaders, dozers, backhoes, excavators, articulated dump trucks, skid steer loaders and mini excavators. The products will be sold and serviced by a strategic dealer network, supported by a new John Deere parts depot and a highly trained team. Kuhn says even before the launch there has been a positive reception for RDO. “People are looking forward to this change. They’re…

2 min.
high performance machinery

The guys have found the machines really easy to work with. South-western Sydney civil contracting company TRN Group has recently added two new Kobelco SK135SR-5 Tier 4 Final excavators to its fleet and is putting them to work straight away. TRN Group has been operating for over 50 years, specialising in equipment hire, earthmoving, quarrying and haulage, and is based near Narellan in NSW. Its new Kobelco midi excavators are working on new subdivisions across Emerald Hills and Oran Park, and TRN Group operations manager David Fordham says they have been very well received by their operators. “The guys have found the machines really easy to work with. They especially like the size and comfort of the cab and all the bells and whistles they come with,” Fordham says. The cab of the SK135SR…

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take to the cloud

We use data to optimise and analyse our opportunities. Software company Nutanix and Laing O’Rourke Australia have announced a deal to deploy Enterprise Cloud OS software to support the construction firm’s digital strategy and help enable its focus on technology development. Laing O’Rourke is a $6 billion international operation with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure, including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. Recently, it developed a prototype camera which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect if workers are wearing protective clothing in hazardous areas. Other technology initiatives include using big data to test the hardening of newly-laid road surfaces. Nutanix is supporting Laing O’Rourke to further develop similar technologies by providing its Enterprise Cloud OS software to run Laing O’Rourke’s core applications. “We believe in the benefits of…

2 min.
going electric

A John Deere electric drivetrain solution ensures a balanced energy system. John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) released its new electric drivetrain components at bauma 2019 in Germany in April. These new solutions are designed specifically to meet the demands of the rugged off-highway market and to provide durability while giving original equipment manufacturers (OEM) the flexibility they need to easily implement hybrid power in their equipment, says the company. The new electric drivetrain components from John Deere feature compact, high-speed motors, controlled by power electronics from John Deere Electronic Solutions. These eMachine components are integrated in various John Deere pump drive and transmission solutions, resulting in a flexible drivetrain portfolio for ease of OEM implementation. For OEM applications ranging from variable speed power generation to fully electric vehicle transmissions, the modular electric drivetrain…

1 min.
new arrival

Australian construction recruitment and labour hire firm Ultro Group has expanded into the equipment purchase market. At the beginning of May, Ultro opened its first show room and service facility in Pakenham, near Melbourne, Victoria, which was attended by Cardinia Shire Mayor, Cr Graeme Moore, and representatives from the global construction equipment manufacturer Sany. “Expanding into equipment allows us to provide a complete package to our clients and ensures they will receive high quality products and services for both their equipment and recruitment needs,” states Matt Lynch, director of Ultro Group. Partnering with Sany, Ultro Plant and Equipment is able to offer sales and services for its mini/ small excavators through to road machinary. Offering servicing, plant trailer and accessory packages allows for flexible one-stop-shopping for Australia’s construction needs. Sany vice president for…

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Komatsu has launched myKomatsu, a new online parts customer portal. Available 24/7 throughout Australia, myKomatsu has been designed to ensure that customers order the right parts for their machines and are through to checkout as quickly as possible. According to Todd Connolly, Komatsu’s general manager – construction solutions, this new sales channel aligns with the company’s philosophy of being “easy to do business with”. “Ordering parts for earthmoving equipment can be a complex and time-consuming task, but myKomatsu has been developed based on our customer-first philosophy,” he says. “Our industry-leading site offers customers multiple ways to find the correct part, including by part number, key word, parts book or machine type, make and model – with customers able to use whatever method best suits them. “And once an online order has been placed, the order…