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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 346

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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1 min.
building strong

The Australian construction industry has recorded its fifteenth consecutive month of expansion, according to the latest Australian Performance of Construction Index (PCI). The monthly industry survey, compiled by the Ai Group and Housing Industry Association, gave a reading of 55.4 for the month of April (readings above 50 indicate growth). The result represents a slight slowdown in expansion, with nonresidential construction leading the way. “Australia’s construction sector continued to expand in April,” Ai Group head of policy Peter Burn says. “However, there are suggestions of an easing in conditions. April saw a moderation in both activity and new orders growth, although businesses continued to increase their employment levels in a strong sign of an industry still confident in its overall near-term outlook. “A growing pipeline of major project work saw strongest growth in the…

1 min.
magic milestone

JCB CEA – part of the CFC group of companies – began selling construction and agricultural equipment in Australia almost 20 years ago, and today there are five JCB CEA branches and over 60 dealers throughout the country. The magic 10,000th machine was sold by the Michaels Group, the largest JCB dealer in Australia. To celebrate the occasion JCB CEA CEO Hylton Taylor, group executive chairman Philip Cardaci and dealer network GM Matt King presented a silver-plated JCB telehandler to Brad and Terry Michaels. Michaels says selling the 10,000th machine was a privilege for the group, which started out as a small family-run business in Donald, Victoria. “Michaels has been around for over 25 years, and now our dealership spans four locations, from Ballarat to Moama,” he says. “We’ve been selling JCB machinery…

2 min.
mighty midi

Pro-Dig Earthworks, a Launceston-based professional excavating service, was the first company to take delivery of the new Kobelco midi-excavator SK135SR-5 and it’s already giving them a boost over their competitors. “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. Larger corporations and governments have stringent environmental policies, and this gives us a nice edge when competing for tenders,” Pro-Dig Earthworks director Callum Roberts says. The SK135SR-5, officially launched in April at the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo in Penrith, New South Wales, was the first Kobelco midi release in Australia to showcase the Tier 4 Final engine, which meets international diesel exhaust emissions standards. “Fuel consumption on the SK135SR-5 is excellent – it has only done 200…

1 min.
rigid range

Volvo Construction Equipment officially launched the new machines in front of customers and dealers at the company’s Motherwell facility. The four new machines include the 45-tonne R45D, 60-tonne R60D, 72-tonne R70D and the big 95-tonne R100E. The R100E is a completely new rigid hauler that proven components, new technologies, and a striking new design. Volvo’s new rigid haulers are made for surface mining and quarrying applications where operational costs and safe operations are critical. Attributes include a competitive power-to-weight ratio, as well as effective gearing and weight distribution that allow the machines to traverse steep slopes with control. Guests at the launch had the opportunity to test drive the flagship R100E, see how the rigid haulers are designed and made and watch them in action at a nearby quarry. With customer input…

1 min.
budget boom

The 2018-19 Budget includes investments in new major rail and public transport infrastructure, including: – A commitment of up to $5 billion for construction of a rail link to the Melbourne Airport – $1.1 billion towards further components of Perth’s Metronet program – $400 million to duplicate a section of the Port Botany Rail Line and construct the Cabramatta passing loop – $390 million for the upgrade of the Beerburrum to Nambour Line on the Sunshine Coast – $300 million for the Brisbane Metro project – $220 million for the electrification of the Gawler Line in northern Adelaide. It also delivers major urban and regional road projects, including: – $1 billion for the M1 Motorway corridor – $3.3 billion for the Bruce Highway in Queensland – $1.4 billion for Adelaide’s North–South Corridor – $971 million to build the Coffs…

2 min.
mega ute shootout

Get ready for the most comprehensive-ever evaluation of all the popular utes on sale in Australia! In early May, Bauer Media’s Transport and Machinery titles, in conjunction with Australia’s leading 4WD magazine, 4x4 Australia, and Australia’s leading car magazine, Wheels, gathered together all of the popular utes for a week-long knockout to find out just what is Australia’s best ute overall. The contenders • Ford Ranger: Big and brawny and Australia’s most popular 4WD ute in 2017 • Holden Colorado: 500Nm of torque can’t be wrong! That’s more than Ranger • Isuzu D-Max: Much loved thanks to its service simplicity and reliability. The mechanic’s favourite • Mazda BT-50: Shares much with the Ford Ranger including a 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine but generally cheaper to buy • Mitsubishi Triton: Smaller than most competitor utes but Australia’s cheapest mainstream ute…