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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 348

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.
heavy haulers

The 28-tonne capacity HM300-5 is powered by Komatsu’s SAA6D125E-7 engine rated at 242kW, while the 40-tonne HM400-5 is powered by the SAA6D140E-7 rated at 348kW. Both engines are Tier 4, cutting both nitrous oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions by 90 per cent compared with their Tier 3 equivalents, while delivering up to 14 per cent lower fuel consumption compared with previous models. These engines incorporate an advanced electronic control system that performs high-speed processing of all signals from sensors installed in the vehicle, providing total control of equipment in all conditions of use. Engine condition information is displayed via an on-board network to the monitor inside the cab, providing all necessary operating data to the operator. Additionally, this data can be accessed and managed via the Komtrax telematics remote monitoring system (supplied…

2 min.
man's best friend

A Victorian owner-operator is claiming records for hours operating Toyota Huski skid-steer loaders and the number of machines owned. Frank Blasi of Balwyn-based FBI Excavations has clocked up more than 33,000 hours in his ten Huski loaders over the past 32 years, and has enjoyed each day’s work. “A sales guy once said to me that when you buy a skid-steer loader you’re buying a lifestyle and he was right – that’s what you have as an owner-operator,” he says. “These days I concentrate on plant hire and I’m happy to tackle whatever tasks they give me. After 32 years, I’ve done it all and I can level to within 10mm by eye over a large area.” Frank says he was selling hi-fi equipment for a living when a friend let him test-drive a…

2 min.
innovative design

The SQR range has full-size decks and can be fitted on the top deck with punch plate, grizzly fingers, tines or traditional mesh. Onetrak was announced as the dealer of Striker in Australia in September last year, with the Striker team now focusing more on manufacturing and product development. “When we began looking for a crushing and screening supplier, it became obvious that Striker indeed manufactured high-quality and productive machinery,” Onetrak managing director David Hazell explains. “More importantly for us, they understood the Australian market explicitly and shared a very simular can-do culture to Onetrak. “A key ingredient we feel Onetrak can bring to this partnership is increased aftersales support from either of our six facilities located across Australia or any one of the 25 field service trucks that can attend our more…

2 min.
japanese dream

Kanga Excavation Services (KangEx) specialises in very tight excavation work associated with basement extensions and complex residential and commercial renovations. These jobs are often located in densely populated areas that have narrow streets, steep slopes and present a real challenge to access. “When working to a client’s budget, it’s important to ensure no time is wasted,” KangEx spokesperson Stefan Millar says. “We need to work quickly, to minimise the cost of trucks and skips, as well as avoiding disruption to traffic flow on busy roads.” The purchase of the TB225 was not the first Takeuchi excavator for KangEx. The company has been operating several models, including a 1,180kg TB210R that was added to the fleet last year. The decision by KangEx to purchase another Takeuchi was based on the productivity, durability and reliability it…

2 min.
toy story

The collaboration produced the Lego Technic Volvo Concept Wheel Loader Zeux set, scheduled for release in toy stores in August 2018, as well as a digital prototype for a real-world autonomous machine. What started out as a fun, informal team building event to inspire The Volvo CE and Lego Technic design teams in 2016, gradually evolved into an idea for an actual Lego Technic product. The teams’ goal was to design the construction machines of the future and the collaboration has led to number of potentially revolutionary patents. “We have enjoyed a truly fun and productive collaboration with the Lego Technic team over the past few years,” Volvo CE brand communication and partnerships Arvid Rinaldo says. “It allowed us to test ideas for new types of construction machines for the future, both in…

1 min.
wising up

Established in 1996, C-Wise recycles a wide variety of wastes into organic compost. The company is a leading Western Australian supplier of high-quality carbon-based soil improvement products. At C-Wise’s 40-hectare organic composting facility in Nambeelup in the state’s southwest, the company’s Volvo wheel loaders are humming along quietly as they shift compost loads with an average bulk density of between 600kg and 1,000kg per cubic meter. “We currently use four Volvo loaders on site, and just purchased our 13th Volvo loader to replace the oldest one, which had logged about 10,000 hours,” C-Wise operations manager Clint Liddelow says. C-Wise opted for Volvo’s new L110H wheel loader – the first to arrive in Australia – and the new machine is being used solely for dispatching organic compost for around 50 hours per week. “We really…