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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 344

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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2 min.
double dash-8

Komatsu Australia has added two new wheel loader models – the WA270-8 and WA320-8 – to its Dash-8 range. Both feature Komatsu’s fourth-generation hydrostatic drive transmission system and its versatile parallel Z-bar (PZ) linkage system, which combines high breakout forces with parallel lift throughout the lifting cycle. The WA270-8 replaces the WA250PZ-6 and has a 111kW Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 engine, offering bucket sizes from 1.9-2.7 cubic metres. The WA320-8 replaces the WA320PZ-6 and is powered by a 123kW Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 with bucket capacities from 2.3-3.2 cubic metres. Both are configured to Tier 4 Final emissions standards. Komatsu Australia says it skipped the Tier 4 Interim-equipped Dash 7 range, going straight from Dash 6 to 8 to ensure customers are getting the latest in emissions and fuel-efficiency technology. “These latest wheel loaders incorporate all the…

1 min.
digging deeper

JCB Construction Equipment Australia (JCB CEA) has added a new model to its flagship Hydradig wheeled excavator range. The new model offers customers the option of a rear-mounted parallel dozer blade with front stabilisers, giving users greater choice when selecting the right machine for their particular job. JCB CEA says the decision was made to introduce a new Hydradig model to Australia after the company was overwhelmed with the positive response to the Hydradig’s launch last year. With initial demand confirmed, the company spotted an opportunity to expand even further. “Some customers require a blade and outrigger option to assist with levelling the machine in certain applications,” JCB CEA Hydradig national product manager Deon Cope says. “Others don’t need the front outriggers and opt to tow a trailer directly mounted to a hitch bolted to…

1 min.
tough teaspoon

Kobelco has introduced the new SK12SR mini-excavator, a 1.2-tonne model that sits between the company’s 1-tonne and 1.7-tonne machines. The SK12SR is set to be launched officially on to the Australian market at the 2018 Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo in Penrith, NSW from Friday to Sunday, April 13-15. The mini-excavator will form a central part of the Kobelco display. The company says the new model is an easy-to-use workhorse particularly suited to working in confined spaces and features pilot-controlled operation rather than front-control levers. “Kobelco mini-excavators are known for their toughness and durability,” Kobelco general manager of sales and service Doug McQuinn says. “The SK12SR is a versatile machine, great for those jobs in closely confined spaces, and the pilot-controlled operation offers exceptional manoeuvrability that gives the operator the confidence and comfort…

1 min.
green machine

Launceston’s Pro-Dig Earthworks is the first company in Australia to take delivery of the new Kobelco SK135SR-5 midi-excavator. Pro-Dig Earthworks was established in Launceston, Tasmania in 2008 by Callum Roberts and his wife Candice with one excavator and a truck. Ten years later and the business now employs 20 staff and has a fleet of 35 machines, 14 of which are Kobelco excavators. The SK135SR-5, to be officially launched in April at the Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo in Penrith, is the first Kobelco midi release in Australia with a Tier 4 Final engine, which meets the highest international diesel exhaust emissions standards. “A big plus is that it’s got the new Tier 4 Final engine – a good green tick for the larger projects we go for,” Callum Roberts says. “Larger corporations…

1 min.
keeping on trax

The Komtrax system uses satellite-based information communication technology (ICT) to provide constant monitoring of every machine, including operational conditions and status to help increase machine safety, productivity, uptime and availability, as well as reduce customers’ costs per tonne and per hour. Leading the changes in the update is the new website interface. Compatible with smartphones, tablets and computers, it gives users access to information in a more understandable format. Komatsu says the new Komtrax is geared towards helping customers get the most out of their machines and is much more interactive and user friendly than previous versions. “We are leading the industry into the future with our use, application and understanding of telemetry technology, and how it can help our customers reduce their machine operating costs, and increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability,” Komatsu…

1 min.
laser precision

The Disto series of laser distance meters are specialist surveying tools for calculating distances and accurate to within one millimetre. Equipped with a high-powered laser, the Disto units aim to make measuring out sites as quick and simple as possible. The Disto X3 is designed primarily for indoor applications and has a certified range of up to 150 metres. The Disto X4 has been engineered for both indoor and outdoor use and is equipped with a Pointfinder camera. This camera allows users to target distant objects in bright sunlight. Even if the laser can’t be seen with the naked eye, the target will appear on the unit’s colour display. Both models have been ‘ruggedised’ and feature IP65-class dust and water protection. Leica says the units have been drop-tested and can withstand a fall of…