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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 365

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 this issue

2 min.
two in the hand

The all-new Kobelco SK75SR-7 excavator has just hit Aussie shores, and Kobelco customer Ben Callow from BS Callow Earthworks was thrilled to be the first person to get their hands on not one, but two of the new machines. Based in Bayswater, Victoria, Callow started his company 12 years ago, and after a short stint with a competitor product, he’s been purchasing Kobelcos ever since. “I need quality machines with the right systems in place and a team behind them I can trust, and Kobelco and Melbourne Tractors [his local Kobelco dealer] deliver just that,” Callow says. The business has two key specialities: civil work in schools and arborist work for local councils. It’s a unique mix, so Callow needs a machine he knows he can rely on, and one which he knows…

2 min.
the gc effect

Caterpillar recently unveiled its GC range of excavators, wheel loaders and articulated trucks, which provides affordable options to small and medium businesses in particular, says the company. Hastings Deering, the exclusive Cat dealer throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory, praises the new standard of machines. Simon Turnbull, manager – general construction industries, says: “The GC range will open opportunities for all businesses to use the same quality machinery as large corporations. Expectations will no longer be compromised, where quality and safety reigns. Customers will value reliability at a low cost per hour, providing a faster return for equipment investment. “Cat product provides a noticeable difference in the quality of digging and overall performance. Our customers tell us that not every job requires top-of-the-range productivity technology. They simply need the job done well,…

1 min.
smooth operator

Caterpillar showcased its latest range of wheel loaders and articulated trucks at a special national event in WA recently. Hosted by local Cat dealer WesTrac, the event featured Caterpillar’s new XE range, including the Cat 988K XE and 972M XE wheel loaders. WesTrac product manager Mark Turkington says the XE range was built on the proven popularity and performance of predecessor models. “The 988K XE features an electric drive power train, leading to far better fuel economy and smoother operation,” Turkington says. “Operators who’ve spent any time in the new model say they end the day a lot less fatigued because of the more comfortable ride.” The Cat 972M XE features a continuous variable transmission that results in smooth shifts, fast acceleration, and speed on grade, he adds. Other recent additions to the Cat construction equipment…

1 min.
making it official

Covering all Rammer products, including rock breakers, boom systems and the Rammer line of demolition attachments, QLD Rock Breakers now offers genuine certified Rammer products, backing this up with the only Rammer certified service centre in Queensland, located in Rocklea, Brisbane. This will also see QRB service PNG and South Pacific Islands (excluding New Zealand) for Rammer products. Recently Sandvik-Rammer introduced the renewed Excellence Line of hydraulic rock breakers with integrated smart technology. In addition to a new and improved focus on safety, Rammer is the first on the market introducing RD3 monitoring device together with My Fleet platform, making it easy for customers to monitor their rock breaker fleet remotely. “RD3 uses the My Fleet Telematics service to track and monitor fleet equipment usage without needing to go to the site to collect…

2 min.
machine control

Machine control systems can help improve the quality of work and reduce the time it takes to do jobs such as paving, loading, hauling and especially digging. Let’s look at the top five components that are helping machines to do more. SENSORS An inertial measurement unit (IMU) is an electronic device that measures and reports the specific force, angular rate and sometimes the orientation of the thing it is attached to – for example, a bucket, boom and arm of an excavator. An IMU works by detecting linear acceleration using one or more accelerometers and the rate of rotation using one or more gyroscopes. Some also include a magnetometer, which is used as a heading reference. Typical configurations contain one accelerometer, gyro and magnetometer per axis for each of the three machine axes: pitch,…

3 min.
flying high

Jarryd McNeil grew up on a farm in Kerang, Victoria and has been riding dirtbikes all of his life. Today McNeil lives in the US, has collected 15 X Games medals and tours the world with Nitro Circus. This year, he and Jacob Johnson entered the X Games Real Moto contest and filmed their video in Australia. McNeil used a Hidromek HMK140LC excavator from Onetrak to build the track seen in the video. “I grew up on a dairy farm in regional Victoria. When I was eight, dad handed me the keys to our 16-ton excavator and I learnt how to operate it, cleaning the irrigation channel and dams, and used it to pick things up on the property. In my spare time I used the excavator to build tracks and jumps,” he…