Earthmoving Equipment Magazine April - May 2024

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Electric impressions

Komatsu will display two electric excavators at this year’s Diesel, Dirt and Turf Expo.



+ Pacific Hire & CJD Equipment

+ Metropolitan Memorial Parks & Cat® Equipment

+ Gorilla EPH & Kobelco

+ ABM & LiuGong

+ Earthworx and Cat Equipment


+ Innovative Products

+ Eye On The Industry

+ Industry Events

+ Association News

+ Dealer Profile

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Proven performance

• Same performance as a diesel equivalent

• Outstanding visability and operator comfort

• Range of Volvo attachments

Innovative battery technology

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The Volvo Electric Range is backed by a 2-year/2000-hour warranty on genuine Volvo parts, while the battery and electric components are covered for 5 years/5000 hours, whichever comes first.

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What a bumper issue you hold in your hands! At more than 200 pages, it’s the biggest edition we have produced in recent times. And as such, it’s filled with some great content.

As always, our case studies prove to be indispensable reading.

We often link earthmoving activities to building projects or landscaping work, but what about burial site management? Find out about how Metropolitan Memorial Parks in Sydney has chosen a range of Cat® machines for excavation and maintenance work around the cemeteries it oversees.

Across the border in Adelaide, leading earthmoving company Gorilla EPH is beating its chest over the performance of its Kobelco excavator, while in Melbourne, equipment hire specialist Pacific Hire tells us about why its fleet is always stocked with the full suite of Volvo products.

The spotlight also shines on family business Earthworx, which has evolved into a leading provider of site preparation and early works services, thanks

largely to the performance of its fleet of Cat® New Gen excavators; and we discover how a set of LiuGong machines is helping a civil industry specialist fill a gap in the market for mid-size contractors.

Meanwhile, there are interesting articles on how Leica Geosystems tools have navigated a budding Victorian earthworks company towards prominence in the industry; and on how a fleet of Doosans and Develons are transforming a civil construction business as much as they are the red landscape of WA’s Mid West.

Of course, there’s plenty more in this jam-packed issue: a plethora of innovative products, dealer profiles, and plenty of eyes on the industry.

We also welcome the National Association of Women in Construction to our ranks of industry partners, who continue to provide updates on their respective industries.

Happy digging!

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The Komatsu team is excited to showcase the next steps in the company’s electric offering to Australian customers at Australia’s largest construction industry expo.

Located at Stand B1, on the aptly named Komatsu Street, Komatsu will have one of the largest displays of machinery and technology at the event, with everything from excavators to wheel loaders and graders on display.

Komatsu’s Sales Manager - Central Region, Chris Moroz, says the annual expo is an opportunity to showcase the latest equipment and technology, which this year includes two electric excavators for customers to get a first look at.

“The PC210LCE-11 hydraulic electric excavator prototype will have its first official appearance at the expo, alongside the PC33E-6 electric mini excavator,” he said.

“Both these pieces of equipment are batterypowered and deliver zero-emissions, without compromising on productivity or comfort, something that is a big focus for us as a brand as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

Komatsu has committed to reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050 and halving its CO2 emissions from product operations from 2010 levels.

Komatsu will also have some of its Smart Construction offerings on display, with Retrofit Good

“We’re excited to have them both on the ground and get real time feedback from customers and attendees on what they think of the machines, before they head off

on a roadshow right across the country,” Chris said.

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The PC210LCE-11 hydraulic electric excavator prototype will be on show for the first time in Australia at DDT. Images: Komatsu Visit Komatsu at the DDT Expo at stand B1, located on Komatsu Street.

Kit (RFK ) on the PC138US-11 mid-sized excavator.

RFKs allow conventional machinery to perform digital construction techniques, using ICT features such as 3D machine guidance, payload management and 3D construction data collection.

“RFK can be fitted to a variety of machine sizes, makes and models, including older machines, making it an appealing addition for many attendees at DD&T, who come from a variety of businesses, whether that is large earthmoving fleets to smaller weekenders looking for their next piece of DIY equipment,” Chris said.

“We’re excited to have these machines on site for all to have a look at and showcase Komatsu’s latest innovations.”

For those interested in a career with the global machinery brand, the team will be onsite to chat about the opportunities and roles available with the award-winning company.

“We’re always on the lookout for more people to join our team, whether that be in service tech roles, sales, IT, or even engineering and whitecollar roles,” Chris said.

“The opportunities at Komatsu are endless. So come by Stand B1, and find out more about Komatsu, its products and services, and its people. We look forward to seeing you there.”

The National Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo will be held from Friday to Sunday, April 12-14, at Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek, NSW.

Komatsu employs virtual reality as part of its training for new employees. For info on opportunities available, speak to the team on stand B1. The PC360LCi excavator going through its paces at last year’s DDT Expo.

Racing into the future

Leading heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu has signed a multi-year deal with Williams Racing to become the Principal Partner of the British team from the start of the 2024 FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) season.

Komatsu was a key partner of Williams Racing in Formula One during the 1980s and 1990s, a period of abundant success for the team.

The most notable achievements were in 1996 and 1997 when Komatsu supported Williams Racing to Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, respectively.

With an eye to the future, both brands are excited to build on their shared history as they embark on a new era.

Tokyo-based Komatsu has been leading innovation in the equipment manufacturing sector for more than 100 years.

As embodied by its brand promise, “Creating value together”, the company believes that collaborative partnerships are the optimal way to create a lasting positive impact.

Komatsu’s official designations with Williams Racing reflect the companies’ shared focus on the long-term development of engineering, technology, and new generations of talent.

It will be the Official STEM and Early Careers Partner, Esports Partner, and Construction Machinery Partner.

These areas will overlap and combine within the partnership.

Komatsu endeavours to engage and bring focus to the next generation of innovators through STEM events enriched by the Williams Racing Esports platform.

Komatsu president and CEO Hiroyuki Ogawa said Komatsu and Williams Racing had shared values around innovation and the development of their people.

“Through our partnership, we look forward to creating value together, both on and off the track,” he said.

“Our partnership with Williams Racing is aligned with Komatsu’s mission to create value through manufacturing and technology innovations to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses, and our planet can thrive together.”

One of the driving forces behind the partnership was the alignment of vision that the two brands share.

The characteristics embedded in Komatsu’s DNA and values, such as cutting-edge

technology, outstanding quality, and unwavering reliability, are all demonstrated by Williams Racing at the highest level of motorsport.

This new partnership creates a foundation for future cross-collaboration between Williams and Komatsu.

Komatsu is looking forward to working with Williams across a range of disciplines, especially relating to the development of their people and exploring potential opportunities in the technical engineering ecosystem.

Williams Racing Team Principal James Vowles said Williams Racing was delighted to

The 2024 Williams Racing FW46. Images: Williams


be rekindling its relationship with Komatsu.

“We have enjoyed huge success together in the past, and reuniting is a significant step in Williams Racing’s long-term mission to return to the front of the grid,” he said.

“Both Williams and Komatsu are committed to attracting and developing the best young talent in pursuit of our goals, and we look forward to working together again.”

Komatsu’s logo and branding will feature prominently on the 2024 Williams Racing livery, as well as the team’s overalls and kit, during the upcoming Formula One season.

The livery is a contemporary tribute to Williams Racing’s legacy, which includes nine Constructors’ World Championships, seven

Drivers’ Championships and 114 race wins.

It will adorn the FW46 car, following the FW naming tradition introduced by legendary team founder Sir Frank Williams.

The livery seamlessly blends past glory with future aspirations to make history again, featuring a vibrant colour transition from Heritage Navy Blue to New Era Williams.

A red and white pinstripe, reflecting Williams’ position as a British icon and inspired by historic cars from the 1985 FW10 driven by Nigel Mansell and Keke Rosberg to the 1997 Championship-winning FW19 piloted to glory by Jacques Villeneuve, is meticulously integrated for a classy yet powerful look.

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team partners injects an energetic feel to this year’s design.

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The company introduced the world’s first autonomous dump truck in 2008 and is helping customers advance towards carbon neutrality with its growing range of electric, hybrid and fuel cell construction and mining equipment.

Williams Racing is one of the world’s most iconic Formula One teams. The British outfit has been competing at the highest level for almost five decades, amassing 114 victories, 313 podiums and 128 pole positions in that time.

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R Con Civil’s Cat® 140H Motor Grader is ‘rebuilt and ready to rumble’

R Con Civil has given its 17-year-old Cat® 140H Motor Grader a new lease on life with a Cat Certified Rebuild

After 17 years of faithful service, R Con Civil Managing Director Ryan Hewatt decided his beloved Cat® 140H Motor Grader was ready for a rebuild.

“We know what it’s like, its history, plus our operators know and love its steering wheel and levers,” he said.

On a cost basis, it made sense for Ryan and his team to choose to rebuild, rather than replace.

“We’re looking forward to getting another life out of our machine and being back on the job quickly,” he said.

Every component rebuilt in four weeks

The rebuilt machine was returned to R Con Civil in just four weeks.

“It was a quick turnaround on the 140H Cat Motor Grader," Ryan said.

"It looks amazing, we’re really stoked with the outcome and can’t wait to get it back to work."

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WesTrac Rebuild Specialist Julian Caruana recommended the rebuild to R Con Civil.

“This Cat 140H has undergone a Certified Powertrain Rebuild. What that means is all the major components such as the engine, transmission, torque converter, differential and final drives have been restored to zero hours.

So we expect this machine to see an entire second life,” Julian said.

Great communication - the key to a successful rebuild

WesTrac offers its customers a collaborative rebuild approach. R Con Civil took up the offer and chose to be involved from day one.

“When we dropped the machine off it was all hands on deck scoping the work. Throughout the build I came back in to make sure we were going ahead with an item, or if there were things to add on or touch up. The WesTrac Canberra brand team was in communication from start to finish,” Ryan said.

Consistent communication meant that R Con Civil was able to provide input and make decisions at all stages.

“Ryan did identify a few more items that he wanted to restore when the machine was apart and we were able to address all of those items without deviating from the original timeline,” Julian said.

New look, new technology

Ryan’s Cat Certified Rebuild included the installation of new Product LinkTM hardware, which will allow him to monitor his machine using VisionLink® fleet management technology.

This technology can help customers stay upto-date with machine requirements.

“VisionLink will keep us ahead of the game in terms of servicing and maintenance. We’ll be able to keep our clients happy and the ball rolling,” Ryan said.

Rebuilding was a great decision

Ryan and R Con Civil couldn’t be happier with the rebuild experience.

“It’s met all our expectations. The WesTrac Canberra branch has been really great to deal with throughout the whole project," Ryan said. WesTrac returned the sentiment.

“For the most part, everything went to plan. This is a 17-year-old machine so we did expect to see a couple of surprises when we pulled it apart, but thanks to Ryan and his team and the top notch maintenance that these machines undergo, a lot of what we anticipated wasn’t required,” Julian said.

Cat Rebuilds mean a lot to WesTrac. “It’s an important part of our business so we want to make sure that every customer has the same experience whether it’s done at our business here or any of our other branches in the state.” Julian said.

For R Con Civil, the inclusion of a Cat Equipment Protection Plan (EPP) with five-year warranty and Customer Value Agreement (CVA) which includes three years’ servicing, has reinforced that they made the right decision. “It gives us more peace of mind,” Ryan said.

More rebuilds on the cards

On the back of the 140H rebuild, R Con Civil is looking to rebuild again.

“This has given us confidence to move forward with more Cat Certified Rebuilds in the future. We’ve got a massive amount of work in the pipeline. Giving this machine a new lease on life couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s rebuilt and ready to rumble,” Ryan said.

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The importance of industrial events in 2024

It’s time to get the engines revving in the lead-up to the National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo in Sydney.

In the dynamic landscape of Australia’s construction sector, events serve as a crucial platform for networking, innovation, and community building.

As the industry prepares for the national DDT Expo, auction house Pickles delves into the importance of events in 2024 and why they are important not just for businesses, but as a catalyst for progress, collaboration and market growth.

To gear up for the event, Pickles is outlining why these events are important to attend in 2024 and for many years to come.

Building communities

The 20s have so far been greatly impacted by difficulties in hosting events, which makes it more important than ever to keep kicking Australian affairs back into gear.

Not the least of which because industrial events serve as a focal point for community building, drawing people of all backgrounds and regions to come together and discover more about each other as they learn about the industry.

Whether it is a large event like DDT, or

smaller opportunities, coming together to create a sense of belonging and unity, create connections and uplift the construction community is key.

Coming together to view exhibitors is a way to share stories and experiences, and use these gatherings to strengthen the fabric of local communities and promote pride in Australian industry.

Networking opportunities

One of the most important reasons to attend Australian industrial events such as DDT is that they hold immense networking opportunities.

Industrial events often serve as a hub for professionals, businesses, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to meet and exchange ideas, create partnerships and explore business collaborations. These events provide a fertile ground for growing meaningful business partnerships that can move the industry forward.

Showcasing assets

For businesses like Pickles, renowned for its surplus of incredible assets, having the

opportunity to display the biggest and best of these to the general public is something that cannot be missed.

While Pickles has many civil construction buyers who get up close and personal with its assets, it’s not often that the wider community has occasion to see large industrial machinery and equipment on display from the auctioneers.

From the everyday enthusiast, to the business owner looking for their next buy, industrial events are the perfect opportunity to check out Pickles’ latest and greatest assets.

Uplifting the industry

Pickles understands the value of fostering a thriving community, recognising that a healthy industry supports healthy businesses, which in turn supports Australia’s growth.

That’s why Pickles participates in large industrial events alongside other incredible industrial vendors, drawing in crowds and creating opportunities for growth.

Events like DDT act as a hub for knowledge exchanges, helping businesses come together to share new equipment, trends, market dynamics, regulatory changes, and foster a


culture of working together for the overall benefit of the industry.

Charitable giving

Pickles takes great pride in its commitment to a variety of charitable initiatives that it supports each year, with many Pickles-supported events like the DDT Expo contributing donations from proceeds recouped from the event.

Not only do these events generate donations, they serve as a way to network and create opportunities for other charitable initiatives.

The tight-knit construction industry often

comes together throughout the year for a range of events that generate funds for charity.

Recently, Pickles offered free auction services to raise funds for the Cancer Council, which saw State Sales Manager Matt Blanch successfully generate $13,950 for the initiative.

This event is one of many that happens throughout the year that features DDT partners in attendance for a good cause.

Educating attendees

DDT has evolved into the perfect platform to showcase Pickles’ extensive services,

recruitment opportunities, and update current clientele on all the exciting developments happening within the business.

For attendees, having the opportunity to speak with Pickles’ experts can be the most efficient way to source information on the range of sales and services accessible to Australian buyers.

Instead of searching themselves, visitors are able to gain valuable insight through informal conversations with Pickles staff. It is also a way for Pickles to encourage industry enthusiasts to check out job listings and traineeship programs available for those looking to stick their foot in the door of the sector.


DDT needs little advertising: as Australia’s largest construction industry expo, it is a must-attend occasion for industry insiders.

From networking opportunities, to showcasing the power of Pickles, the importance of attending industrial events cannot be overstated.

By actively participating in these gatherings, the industry can thrive through collaboration, innovation and joint strength.

The National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo is Australia’s largest construction industry expo and will be held from Friday to Sunday, April 12-14, at Sydney Dragway.

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One of the highlights each year at DDT is the feature auction run by Pickles.

The Pickles stand at last year’s DDT Expo.

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Based in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Dirtworx has made a name for itself in the earthmoving industry since its inception in 2014.

From humble beginnings with just a Kanga mini loader on the back of a ute, director JC has grown the business to a boutique earthworks operation comprising a team of nine and a fleet of about 23 plant machines, trucks and trailers.

And for the company to make such an impression in such a short space of time, it was important for it to keep an eye on the latest technological innovations and use them where needed to improve efficiencies.

JC said a great example of this were the geospatial units offered by positioning specialists C.R. Kennedy.

The company is the sole and exclusive distributor in Australia for Swiss solutions provider Leica Geosystems and a host of other manufacturers and brands.

“On our equipment, we currently have two Leica Geosystems MC1 units and an iCON iCG160 Rover from C.R. Kennedy,” JC said.

“They have enabled me to save money on labour costs and it has enabled me to work three times faster than if we were doing it by hand.”

The Leica Geosystems MC1 is a one-for-all software solution platform that consolidates all machine applications to help guide and automate all heavy construction equipment.

It simplifies design data handling and is open to all standard design data types, enabling a flexible dataflow to support common workflows on a job site.

It works in tandem with Leica’s iCON site software, which offers smart and customised positioning solutions for road construction and civil engineering applications.

With all platforms running on the same design data structure, a seamless data transfer between machines, field units within the job site and office is guaranteed.

“With the MC1 unit, you are able to upload survey plans straight into the system and then we are able to dig and be guided according to those plans,” JC said.

“Through allowing my team and I to see things faster, we are able to correct and adjust the way we are working and avoid errors, in turn enabling the team to be able to think on their feet faster and be able to make decisions quickly.

“The benefit is not just about saving money; it is about the speed that we are gaining information and picking up on errors that we normally wouldn’t. It helps us troubleshoot issues on the fly and allows us to get the job done quicker and accurately without any help.

“Our quality of work has improved significantly and our attention to detail is now on an elite level.

“The Leica system has allowed us to learn about earthmoving on a different level and how

we gain information. It has really changed the way we run our business and it has given our team the opportunity to upskill in a way that we are able to stay sharp, keeps us thinking outside the box and delivering a competitive advantage.”

JC said the whole setup had given the company the ability to not require any additional labour onsite, saving more than $80,000 a year.

“We can now work faster than ever, as a labourer is never as fast as the operator in the machine,” h said.

“The MC1 system is able to keep up with our needs, giving us the opportunity to have more trucks on site and move more material than we have ever done before. This allows us to complete quoted jobs faster, increasing profitability for our customers and our business.”

The Rover uses a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) smart antenna designed to deliver unparalleled versatility and reliability in the construction industries.

It provides unmatched versatility supporting rover, base station, vehicle and various onmachine applications.

“The hand-held iCG160T tilt Rover device features a large colour display with intuitive navigation,” JC said.

“It enables quick and effortless setup without the need for extra hardware, while its user-friendly interface ensures a seamless experience, allowing users to get started promptly.

“The Rover is a pole-mounted GNSS unit with touch screen tablet. It communicates with the MC1 unit and gives us the opportunity to do spot checks.

The Leica iCON GPS100 GNSS machine antenna. Dirtworx’s Takeuchi skid steer has been installed with the Leica Geosystems MC1 system. Image: Dirtworx

“It’s easy to set up and use. All you have to do is turn it on and click one or two buttons and that is how easy it is. Even with no experience you would be able to use the system easily.”

JC said the screens had so much detail that users were able to zoom in and see the finest details.

“This increases our ability to deliver our customers the most accurate earthmoving service. The products have no limitations and have been able to handle anything we throw at it,” he said.

“The MC1 unit is compatible with our tilt rotator and swing boom excavator, affording the ability to dig in all types of environments and bucket angles whilst giving us precise cut fill levels in any orientation.”

JC said he first contacted C.R. Kennedy about three years ago, when he was curious to see if its products suited the company’s needs.

“About one and a half years ago I made the jump. I was initially apprehensive about the purchase because of the outlay, but as soon as I used the equipment, I knew I had made the right decision,” he said.

“All the staff at C.R. Kennedy from sales to tech support were highly invested in my business and they took the time to learn about me and how I run my day-to-day operations.

“They took the time to analyse what I needed and made sure the Leica Geosystems product was the product for me. They were not just there to sell the product, but wanted to ensure the solutions were the right fit for my business, whilst helping realise a good return on our investment was achievable.”

The first machine to be fitted with the MC1 unit was a Takeuchi TB2150 16t excavator, which was complemented by a subsequent purchase of an iCG160T tilt Rover.

“We have used the MC1 system as a tool to be able to show our customers and other people that do not have an earthmoving background how the system works, and it also gives us the opportunity to show our customers what the requirements are on their sites,” JC said.

“This gives them and us the confidence that we are quoting and completing jobs accurately and correctly. We have all the appropriate information not to make mistakes.”

Dirtworx has recently purchased a Takeuchi TL12 V2, on which the MC1 system was also installed.

“This decision was a no-brainer and has become one of our greatest achievements,” JC said.

“The thing we are most excited about is the amount of effort the team at C.R. Kennedy have gone into to find a solution for our TL12.

“The setup enables the GPS and total station to give me heights and dig according to the plans, by taking levels from the bucket and multiple other attachments.

“We have already pushed it to our limits and we can’t wait to see what else it can do. We have no plans of changing from the Leica Geosystems and in particular C.R. Kennedy and will continue using them for many years to come.”

JR reiterated that the customer service from C.R. Kennedy was second to none.

“I am very fussy about my machines and I was very impressed by the installation and attention to detail,” JC said.

“They also provided me with training and they were happy to answer any questions I had. C.R. Kennedy conducted multiple training days at our yard and have call and text support whenever I need.

“C.R. Kennedy machine control manager Luke Fulton-Tindal has come out on site a handful of times to make sure everything was uploaded correctly and to ensure I was up and running perfectly.

“I am not a very tech savvy person, but the team at C.R. Kennedy have given me and my team the confidence to be able to use a system like this. The fact that they could set up the MC1 unit on our TL12, has enabled us to integrate the MC1 unit with the rover so they can work hand in hand.

“We have now created a more efficient business model and we can now push our limits further than we could have before.

“It is incredible to see how far the earthmoving industry has come and it has been an honour to be able to experience such a revaluation in the industry. The system is actually amazing and I don’t know what I would do without it now.”

About C.R. Kennedy

With its head office in a landmark Melbourne building C.R. Kennedy also runs major state offices in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Perth with Regional offices in Cairns and MacKay servicing Far North Queensland. The family-run business celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

C.R. Kennedy also offers a complete national after-sales service network, including training, service and repairs, technical support, hire equipment and customer care agreements.

The company services local Government, utility providers, mining companies, builders, surveying professionals, civil construction, and geospatial industries, delivering a level of service that matches the calibre of the brands it carries.

Luke said a significant aspect of the C.R. Kennedy offering was that it had access to partners around the world to source the latest in high tech spatial measuring equipment and related software solutions.

“The real success comes from our ability to partner with Leica Geosystems, and more importantly our customers, to offer them solutions that fit their business today with the ability to grow with them as their business grows,” he said.

“We also offer industry leading support and service and focus on the customer first, understanding the importance of clients having the right solutions for their business and coming alongside them as a consulting partner when it comes to their technology needs.

“Our products include land surveying equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), high definition 3D scanners, machine control, mobile mapping tools, underground service locators, ground penetrating radar, geospatial information systems (GIS) and an extensive array of software packages to suit the equipment and the application.

“To support our valued clients and customers, we now employ more than 260 people across all divisions.

“All our product specialists, qualified surveyors, support staff and factory trained service technicians can advise on the best solutions and provide customers with the very best equipment for their needs. Customers have support and service from an unmatched national network.”

JC is more than happy with the performance of the Leica Geosystems products, and service from C.R. Kennedy.

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Owning the first machine: a finance roadmap

Starting an earthmoving business takes guts, and securing the right financing shouldn't be the biggest obstacle.

While traditional banks might hesitate to lend to newcomers, there are smart ways to get the equipment needed to build the future. Finance broker Finlease offers these recommendations.

Alternative finance options

Banks often favour established businesses, leaving start-ups feeling frustrated. Fortunately, alternative lenders understand the potential of new ventures and offer specialised equipment finance options.

Options for used machines and private sales

A reliable, used machine can be a wise first investment, allowing companies to start generating income and build equity, instead of spending money on rentals.

Used equipment can come at a significantly lower price point, reducing upfront costs. Plus,

with proper maintenance, it can deliver years of reliable service, getting the business off the ground without breaking the bank.

The 12-month strategy

A common approach for newcomers is to finance with a second-tier lender for 12 months, often with a 60 per cent or 70 per cent residual. After a year, there’ll be “runs on the board,” making it easier to refinance with a lower-rate lender.

The power of a small deposit

If you're a homeowner, consider leveraging equity to secure a deposit for the equipment loan. This can unlock better interest rates and more favourable terms.

Timing your ABN registration

If you’re planning to start a business, consider

registering your Australian Business Number (ABN) sooner rather than later. Having an ABN for over a year can make financing easier, even with mainstream lenders.

Consult a trusted broker

Finally, finding the right finance broker is crucial, especially for a new business. Seek a broker who understands the earthmoving industry and can connect to lenders who specialise in new businesses. They'll guide you through the options, advocate on your behalf, and help you get the best deal to launch your business with confidence.

Ready to get your earthmoving business off the ground? Contact a Finlease Equipment Finance Specialist to discuss financing solutions tailored to your needs.

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If you’ve had an incident with your mobile plant or equipment (MPE), the first thing to do is call your insurance provider.

Ideally, your insurance provider should connect you with a specialist MPE recovery team. A good team will handle the entire process for you, including site recovery, cleanup, and salvage.

That's where NTI comes in.

Recovery specialists can save your business

When things go wrong, you want the right people to turn up on the scene. As NTI Technical Claims Officer Lisa Naylor says, the company carefully selects its preferred recovery partners to ensure they can do the job quickly and efficiently.

“We’ve got strict criteria,” Lisa said. “An important part of that is to be using up-to-date equipment. We require constant training and updates because there’s new technology for things all the time.

“Say a piece of equipment falls off a trailer for some reason.

"An experienced team will right the machine and lift it in such a way as to minimise any additional damage.”

It’s similar with site clean-up and remediation.

“You need to have an accreditation to be able to appropriately clean up and manage these sites,” Lisa said. NTI’s preferred suppliers aren’t just skilled; they’re also more cost-effective.

“We’ve seen clients use external contractors who’ve billed a million dollars for a site cleanup,” Lisa said, “where our preferred suppliers could have done the job for $700, 000.”

Case study: Bogged or total loss?

Not getting the right people on-site to deal with an incident can turn a relatively simple situation into a total loss. Lisa recalls a case involving a $392, 000 Kobelco excavator with only 50 hours on the clock.

On its first job, working on boggy land near salt water, it bogged with mud about halfway up its tracks.

The operator tried pulling the machine out with its boom and bucket, which only sunk it further.

Over the next four days, the operator tried several times to free it, from dragging to digging and putting down logs to create a solid path. But with tides coming in and out, rain, and the suction of the mud, the excavator was eventually fully submerged.

Only then did the operator call NTI. After spending nearly $100, 000 on failed recovery


MPE incidents: get the right

attempts and losing five days’ work on the project, the unit was deemed a total loss (due to the damage to its electrics) – adding nearly another $400, 000 to the bill. Then, they had to wait almost 12 months for a replacement machine.

If the owner had instead called NTI as soon as the excavator became bogged, a specialist team could have recovered it that day likely with less damage and with only minimal delay to the project.

Call the experts

NTI’s expert MPE claims team includes technical MPE claim specialists, risk surveyors and specialist MPE repair managers.

Team members have hands-on, real-life experience operating all types of plant and equipment. This experience gives them a deep understanding of the machines they look at every day when assessing claims.

Its specialist MPE repair managers come to NTI from backgrounds in servicing, maintaining and repairing plant and machinery. As with other team members, their previous experience means they can offer invaluable insight, support and guidance to our customers.

In short – NTI has got the right experts on the job to get you back to business faster.

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Common sense equipment solutions

When Terry Danda relocated from Zimbabwe to Australia, he had to start from scratch with very little help on the equipment procurement front. Now, with the assistance of Yellowgate, his dedication and hard work is paying off in a big way.

As any business owner in the earthmoving and mining industries will tell you, getting equipment procurement right is a cornerstone for sustained success.

But for some, doing all the right things is not always enough. Some have to go the extra mile and work harder than the rest to get the results they need.

Terry Danda of Bunhu Mining is a perfect example. Since relocating from Zimbabwe several years ago, he has had to do many things the hard way.

“I started my business here in Australia in 2017 as a sole trader, but I’ve worked in the industry since 2003,” he says.

“I’m a qualified boiler maker, but when I first moved to Australia, I couldn’t get any work doing that. So, I started doing little bits of everything – working as a bricky’s labourer, doing home renovations, gardening, fencing, and roofing.

“I raised money to start buying earthmoving gear. I was buying equipment from farms down south, refurbishing it and using it.”

Digging deep

Off the back of his hard work, Terry laid the foundations of Bunhu Mining, which now offers a wide range of services.

“We do mining, haulage, crushing, processing, civil works, a bit of construction, and we’re working on starting a full-blown marine side too,” he says.

“I started doing earthmoving and demolition first. From there, I bought trucks and got into civil works in Marble Bar, WA in 2020.

“I got a contract to do mining and haulage in Port Hedland, then expanded into processing

and crushing, as well as major civil works.

“We’ve done some very rewarding jobs as a contractor for Main Roads WA projects, including for major civil company Fulton Hogan.”

Despite setbacks, the business has grown quickly – but much of that can be attributed to Terry’s wealth of experience.

“I used to run a business back in Zimbabwe, where I ran about 26 haulage trucks, carting coal, grain, and general goods,” he says. “I also have experience doing site works for acreage properties, as well as demolition and earthworks.”

In getting the Bunhu Mining business off the ground, Terry says his equipment procurement options were limited. As a result, everything was financed off his own back – raising money and funnelling it back into the business.

“Whatever money I was being paid was going back into Bunhu Mining, because as

Yellowgate has helped Terry Danda raise money for his earthmoving gear. Images: Yellowgate Terry gets to work with one of his dump trucks.
Bunhu Mining offers a wide range of services, including mining, haulage, crushing, processing, civil works, and a bit of construction.

such a new business, my other options were limited,” Terry says.

“That changed in 2019 when I started getting a bit of funding. I was able to buy some small earthmoving gear to do some demolition work, but still needed to find another solution to help keep the business growing."

This process of hard work kept Terry going, but it still felt a little like treading water.

Things turned a corner when Yellowgate entered the picture. With its versatile rent-tobuy options, backed by industry knowledge, Yellowgate turned out to be just the right solution for Terry’s business.

And in the past few years, the two businesses have worked together to acquire four pieces of equipment, with more on the horizon.

“Yellowgate is structured in a way that they are very flexible, and willing to go that extra mile,” Terry says.

He says this is owing to the Yellowgate team's understanding of the industry, and a willingness to see the bigger picture. This means the kinds of work Bunhu Mining is undertaking, which Terry says is tied to some very stable resources markets, is factored into the equation.

“There’s a high demand for iron ore, as well as for lithium,” he says. “There’s a lot of jobs that need doing, and that could keep us busy for up to four years. But nowadays it can be very difficult to find equipment solutions backed by common sense.

“For some, procuring equipment is just about numbers and spreadsheets. They haven’t been on the ground to see what’s really happening. But Yellowgate speaks the language of the earthmoving and mining industries, and is willing to provide an ear.

“And for any business owner who can take an opportunity like that and use it wisely, they can very quickly build something successful.”

About Yellowgate

Yellowgate Group is a versatile company offering equipment rentals across various sectors including construction, civil, mining, agriculture, transport, and manufacturing.

It is known for providing quick and easy rental solutions, catering to a wide range of industry needs.

Yellowgate’s “Rent Now, Buy Later” offering is designed to maximise flexibility for businesses of any size and shape.

The process is a matter of three simple steps:

1. You specify the equipment you need, or Yellowgate can help source it

2. Yellowgate purchases the equipment and rents it to you

3. At the end of the rental term, you can Rent, Recontract, Purchase or Return the equipment.

To find out how you can leverage Yellowgate’s service on your nextproject, visit: www

Terry Danda on one of his excavators. Yellowgate has helped Terry drive his business forward.

Being a top gun roller operator

Scott Lidster elaborates on soil compaction, a critical process in earthmoving operations, essential for creating stable foundations, roads, and infrastructure.

Following on from a healthy stint on a “banjo” (shovel), the roller was generally the launching pad for most operators.

Proper compaction ensures that soil particles are densely packed together, minimising settling and improving load-bearing capacity.

To achieve optimal results and maximise efficiency in soil compaction, there’s a process you must follow to get the ground you’re working harder than trying to decipher a Jo Biden sentence.

Follow on to learn more soil compaction.

Understanding soil properties

Get down amongst it! Before beginning the compaction process, it's crucial to assess the soil's properties, including its moisture content, particle size distribution, and compaction characteristics. Different types of soil require different compaction methods, so understanding these properties is essential for selecting the appropriate compaction equipment and techniques.

Moisture management

This is critical. Proper moisture content is vital for effective compaction. Soil that is too dry will not compact well, while soil that is too wet will become muddy and difficult to work with. You need to constantly monitor soil moisture levels closely and adjust water content as needed to achieve the optimal moisture range for compaction.

Equipment selection

Get the right tool for the job. Choosing the right compaction equipment is key to achieving desired compaction results. “Sheep’s foot” rollers, smooth drum rollers, and pneumatic tire rollers are commonly used for soil compaction, each offering unique advantages depending on the soil type and project requirements.

• Sheep’s foot rollers: These are a type of compaction equipment used in soil compaction, featuring cylindrical drums

studded with protrusions resembling the hooves of a sheep, hence the name. This design helps to break up rock, knead and compact cohesive soils effectively.

• Smooth drum rollers: These rollers have smooth steel drums and are ideal for compacting asphalt and fine-grained soils. Pneumatic tyre rollers: These rollers use rubber tires to apply pressure and knead the soil, making them suitable for compacting cohesive soils and finishing surfaces.

• Selecting the appropriate equipment size and configuration is essential for achieving uniform compaction across the entire surface area.

Proper technique

When compacting soil, it's important to follow proper technique to ensure even compaction and avoid over compaction. Operators should make multiple passes over the soil surface, overlapping each pass slightly to ensure uniform compaction. It's also important to vary

the compaction direction to minimise the risk of soil layering and achieve consistent compaction throughout the depth of the soil.

Quality assurance

Obviously testing and monitoring are essential for ensuring compaction quality. That’s when the soil testers, aka ”dirt doctors”, join the chat. They perform field density tests, such as the sand cone or nuclear gauge test, to verify compaction levels to see what kind of compaction job you’ve done.

Righto, there you have it. By following these guidelines and utilising best practices in soil compaction, you can become a “top gun roller operator” and achieve optimal results, ensuring the long-term stability and durability of infrastructure projects across Australia.

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There are proper procedures to follow to achieve optimal results and maximise efficiency in soil compaction. Image: Australian Earth Training Choosing the right compaction equipment is key to achieving desired compaction results. Image: LiuGong

The link to greater jobsite efficiency

VisionLink® Productivity offers high-level fleet and jobsite visibility to users, allowing them to keep track of operations and maximise efficiencies.

See more, know more, and do more with VisionLink® Productivity. The easy-to-use, cloud-based platform offers high-level fleet and jobsite visibility to users, allowing them to keep track of operations and maximise efficiencies.

It gathers, analyses and summarises machine telematics and jobsite data from equipment. By delivering actionable insights, VisionLink ® Productivity allows businesses to:

• improve site productivity

• lower cost per tonne

• improve fleet utilisation

• lower fleet costs

• decrease idle time

• reduce fuel burn

One construction business reaping the benefits of VisionLink Productivity is MDM Mining and Civil, a 100 per cent Indigenousowned and operated business on a mission to return the decommissioned mine to its pre-mining formation through remediation and rehabilitation work.

Led by Tiltuwam Traditional Owner Mika McLennon, their mission is personal; and partnering with VisionLink Productivity means the next generation of custodians can connect technology with traditional Indigenous knowledge.

The Argyle diamond mine rehabilitation program

At Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in Australia’s East Kimberley region, MDM Mining

and Civil is delivering a major rehabilitation program. The rehabilitation program is a comprehensive and detailed process that’s expected to take five years.

Mika is the Director of MDM Mining and Civil. As a Traditional Owner of the land himself, he ensures operations are environmentally safe, culturally respectful and that he can contribute to his family’s obligations to continue being for the country that had been disturbed by mining operations.

“Argyle’s actually my grandmother’s country,” Mika said. “I had a very strong connection with my grandmother, she’s passed now but I know she’d be proud that we’re all involved in healing country.”

Taking the load off

Mika would rather not waste time tracking and monitoring his 22 Cat® machines when VisionLink Productivity can do it for him.

“We’ve seen the competitors trying to use outdated methods, having the whiteboard up there and tracking all their utilisation, manning and resourcing,” Mika said.

“With VisionLink Productivity, we’ve got all our data and information at our fingertips. It doesn’t take a lot of manhours to capture it or display that data back to the team, which then generates conversation about how to do it better. That’s our advantage.”

Making better decisions

WesTrac Technology Application Specialist

Neil Dodge says customers who measure their productivity can generally improve their operations.

“If you haven’t got any data to understand where you’re currently at, all you’re doing is really making assumptions,” Neil said.

“Once you have data, you look at your data, you analyse it, and then you start putting in ways of improving simple stuff like idle times, or shift management when people take meal breaks.”

Visibility from afar

With most of Mika’s operations occurring in remote parts of the East Kimberley, VisionLink Productivity acts as an extra set of eyes watching his machines and operators.

“We have another project, towards Halls Creek, on the Tanami, 200kms away from Argyle,” Mika said.

“We can tell if a person has their seatbelt on in a machine, so it’s a tool I would use to help train and monitor safety on the job as well.”

Want to get started with VisionLink Productivity? Contact your local Cat dealer or visit

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Pipe movement and placement can be undertaken mechanically via the PIPEBOSS attachment, with workers able to be within a safe distance to minimise injury. Because the pipe is being held in a fixed position and it’s movement being controlled by an operator, worker injuries are minimised due to the pipe not moving freely on a chain or sling while the worker is in the trench.

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Mastering TikTok for your brand

Even if you’re not on TikTok, even if it’s not the right channel for your brand, even if you don’t care about it one bit – TikTok is shaping the content that performs well in every other social channel. The team at Hardman Communications has advice on getting the tik without the tok.

Did you know that TikTok has 1.5 billion users globally and one billion users are active each month? Those are not figures you ignore.

A lot of TikTok content makes it to other channels and performs really well there. That Instagram video everyone is talking about could very well have shown up in TikTok first.

So if you are on other channels, think about how you can inject a little TikTok magic by trying ‘TikTok style videos’ on Instagram or Facebook.

You don’t need a TikTok account to make this happen. There are several software programs you can use to create these styles of videos, like Canva or CapCut (both free).

Here are some tips to make TikTok style videos for your business:

• Just start. Don’t over think or over plan your content because trends might change by the time you think you’re ready.

• You don’t need to run paid ads to be successful

• Your video determines the success, NOT the time of day you post or the hashtags you use. If your video falls short, it’s because the early viewers didn’t like it, so the algorithm didn’t promote it. It’s time to test something new

Your first goal should always be brand recognition. People need to get to know you before you build leads. Remember, Gen Z might not ‘buy’ from you now, but they could later

Try lots of different video styles at first to see which ones perform best. Adapt that formula for a while then test again. Keep some consistency so people get to recognise your videos but don’t be afraid to experiment Dedicate some time to it: allocate one day a month for shooting video content. Post two to three videos per week, ideally.

• Social media users LOVE finding mistakes. Consider having something funny in the background or give four tips instead of five. Even ‘bad’ content can be good, and the more comments and engagements you get, the higher your reach. A word of caution, though: stay true to your brand and don’t undo your brand work to get some extra engagement on a video

• Videos with people in them perform better, especially if they evoke emotion. Have a face for your brand, if possible

• B2B content should be informative but not boring – for example a cyber security company went viral for “How we saved our client $500,000” and spoke of preventing a firewall break in

Tik Tok-style videos can be a big boost to businesses. Image: Rokas/AdobeStock

• Media often reports on TikTok videos. If you have a great video, you can outreach to media to feature in their news

• Don’t blindly copy trends, incorporate some of them into your campaign or adapt the trend to suit your style. Always revert to your social media strategy to stay on track.

About Hardman Communications

The company offers the full spectrum of strategic communications and PR support, whether you are running a single campaign or need a complete communications program.

With extensive experience in complex project development and delivery, the team helps customers find the sweet spot where business goals intersect with meaningful stories, and uncover the insights that will drive your business forward.

Specialist fields include agribusiness, at every point in the supply chain; infrastructure,

mining, and construction; regional communications – especially for big businesses who want to connect with regional audiences; and Western Sydney clients who want to be part of the transformation of this region. Their work covers the full range of communications activity:

• Planning starting with understanding the client, goals and market

• Doing includes everything from writing content to training staff to setting up social channels and getting your business in the media (or keeping you out of it)

• Measuring is about looking at the results and learning from them

Connecting is about bringing together clients with others in the industry and creating winwin opportunities.

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Knowing precisely how long specific functions take — including travel loaded and empty times; load, dump, and roading times; swing, dig and wait times — is key to making smart, informed decisions. Images: CAT

Gaining the edge

Caterpillar® Senior Strategy Consultant Michael Miller outlines the benefits of using a production-management system. This advanced construction technology delivers timely, accurate information that can help spot inefficiencies, improve production and enhance safety.

With today’s construction technology, contractors can get a wealth of accurate data that tells them exactly what’s going on with machine health, production levels, fuel burn and idle time. That’s highly useful for operations of any size.

But for bigger operations, with multiple jobsites running fleets of machines, being able to view the data from an individual machine level all the way up to the organisation level is essential. And that’s what a production management system does. It allows a high-level overview of an operation, and drills down to find the detailed information needed to make decisions that will reduce costs and enhance safety.

An accurate picture with productivity management

Specialising in productivity, Michael said it was all about giving the decision maker an accurate picture of their operation and providing them with opportunities to implement change and make improvements to machine utilisation and operational efficiency.

Knowing precisely how long specific functions take — including travel loaded and empty times;

Implementing a production-management system like VisionLink Productivity can open up new opportunities to get more from your operation.


load, dump, and roading times; swing, dig and wait times — is key to making smart, informed decisions. Production-management systems help managers track all those measurements and analyse them to spot bottlenecks and inefficiencies.

As an example, Michael cited the issue of excessive waiting time in the load area. Using the analytic tools built into a good productivitymanagement system such as VisionLink® Productivity, he said: “You can track material movement and, importantly, see how much time is spent in each part of the cycle. By slowing the machines down on the return, you could keep a more consistent flow of traffic and potentially reduce the non-productive waiting time and fuel consumption.”

Engage your operators

“Better still,” Michael added, “imagine being able to replay an event to identify areas for improvements based on relevant, real-time data. Guesswork is eliminated.

“Being able to include your operators in this review, with powerful visuals including maps and graphs, allows you to work together to identify inefficiencies and find solutions. Discussions like these – based on hard data – strengthen partnerships with operators. It facilitates objective, informed conversations that promote solid operator buy-in.”

Tighter, more accurate estimates

Michael went on to explain reliable construction data is a huge help when pulling together quotes for future work. With a productivity-management tool, an assessor can feel confident in their ability to estimate competitively because they’re using actual machine and project data from the past.

Relying on accurate data helps put together a tighter, more competitive bid. It’ll also allow monitoring the project as it happens and measuring against targets to ensure completion on time and on budget.

A good productivity-management tool also allows the building of cost dashboards that show where and when the key cost impacts are happening. Miller noted these kinds of dashboards the real cost of moving material at a glance – the operating cost-per-hour and payload, and whether there are idle time costs that could be reduced.

Construction technology gives an edge

Modern construction technology has the power to help you to reduce costs and inefficiencies, increase productivity and profitability, and enhance worksite safety. Michael concludes that implementing a production-management system like VisionLink Productivity can open up new opportunities to get more from your operation every day.

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Built to outlast, outwork and outdo

Wacker Neuson has a range of mini loaders, skid steers and compact track loaders that are the ideal fit for a variety of applications.

Today’s generation of Wacker Neuson mini loaders, skid steer and compact track loaders is anything but ordinary.

Designed and engineered to handle the tough stuff, these machines will exceed expectations.

All machines offer the latest in design and industry-leading service accessibility.

Performance, versatility, convenience

If material is needed to be lifted to greater heights, the vertical-lift units provide a competitive edge when loading trucks and material bins.

The brand’s class-leading hinge pin height on vertical lift units offers maximum loading and unloading capabilities. The variable-speed cooling fan increases efficiency, improves fuel economy and assists in cold starts.

An intuitively designed, high-visibility cabin includes angled pedals and foot bed.

In addition, conveniently located switches help reduce operator fatigue. A wide door offers easy access with no restrictive lap bar.

Controls ensure operators with a variety of machine experience can efficiently work with the loaders.

The best service access is provided with a cabin that fully tips forward with the arms down.

Easy to use

Versatility comes standard with every Wacker Neuson loader.

The universal skid-steer attachment plate enables attachments to be switched out easily, accomplishing more in less time. Categoryleading hydraulic horsepower is standard.

Wacker Neuson has created a cabin environment with operator comfort and convenience in mind. Access in and out is easy, with the medium frame range there’s no restrictive lap bar and controls are intuitively placed.

Selectable Electric- Hydraulic options (ISO/HPattern) on certain models ensure operators with a variety of experience can efficiently operate these machines.

Additionally, these machines offer the only one-piece pod-style cab that fully tilts forward with arms down, providing complete access to all maintenance components.

The range

Wacker Neuson’s compact track loaders (ST models) include a selection of engine horsepower and radial or vertical lift machines. The Wacker Neuson range of compact track loaders and skid steer loaders need to be seen to believe how good they are.

• Mini Track Loader SM60

Comfortable for operators, while maintaining its trim and compact profile, utilising its wide spring suspension for both enhanced comfort as well as enhanced stability. The SM60 utilises a petrol motor for DIY home owners and landscape contractors who use petrol to power their equipment. With a purpose designed lift capacity and high hinge pin, the SM60 excels at loading onto high sided trucks and dumpsters.

The Wacker Neuson vertical lift units offer maximum loading and unloading capabilities. Images: Wacker Neuson

• Mini Track Loader SM100

Comfortable for operators with ergonomic joysticks and reference handles, plush padding, and a wide spring-suspension platform for added stability. The strong lift capacity and high hinge pin of the SM100 height allows for easy loading into high sided trucks and dumpsters. The heavyduty undercarriage construction and fast travel speeds mean you can do more with less.

• Mini Track Loader SM120

The SM120 uses Wacker Neuson's ergonomic mini-loader controls, while maintaining operator comfort features such as padding and a spring suspension for a better ride and added stability. The high hinge pin of the SM120 provides a 1595mm bucket dump height and allows for easy loading into high sided trucks and dumpsters. The wide (230mm) track width provides among the lowest ground pressures on the market, minimising incidental damage to the work site.

• Compact Track Loader ST11

At 1250mm wide with a 2.2t operating weight, ST11 is perfect for tight construction sites and landscaping. Powered by a 41hp Kubota diesel engine, ST11 has plenty of pushing power and 39L/min at the auxiliaries for a range of high-powered attachments.

• Compact Track Loader ST31

Matches the compact size of a medium frame with lift capacity of larger loaders. The vertical lift arm, 3.2-metre lift height and 55kW regeneration-free engine make the ST31 an accomplished material handler, perfect for use in a wide range of applications, from moving palletised material around a construction site to truck loading. The wide, double-steel reinforced tracks provide stability and reduced total cost of ownership.

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The largest and most powerful track loader in the Wacker Neuson line-up. Equipped with a 75kW Kohler engine making 499Nm

of torque, this machine is a productive workhorse. The extra power enhances the auxiliary flow for improved performance with high-flow attachment applications like cold planning and brush clearing. Contact your local dealer for specific products and services for your landscaping or construction requirements.

• Skid Steer Loader SW10

1200mm wide with a 1.8t operating weight, the SW10 is perfect for tight construction sites and landscaping. Powered by a 25hp Kubota diesel engine, SW10 has plenty of pushing power and 32L/min at the auxiliaries for a range of high-powered attachments.

• Skid Steer Loader SW21

The Wacker Neuson SW21 has the power and performance to take on the toughest jobs. Powered by 55 kW regenerationfree T4F engine, and available with high flow hydraulics, the SW21 maximises the performance of hydraulic attachments.

The SM120 uses Wacker Neuson's ergonomic mini-loader controls, while maintaining operator comfort features. The Wacker Neuson SW21 steer loader has the power and performance to take on the toughest jobs. The ST11 has plenty of pushing power and 39L/min at the auxiliaries for a range of highpowered attachments.

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Experience, expertise and excellence

The STM Trucks and Machinery team is a shining example of how the success of a business depends greatly on the dedication and knowledge of its employees.

With more than 45 years in the business, the family-owned and operated company in Western Sydney has often been the first port of call for operators wanting not just an opportunity to choose from a wide selection of equipment, but also for friendly service and honest advice provided by a team with plenty of experience and skillsets.

Indeed, the understanding of customer requirements by the sales staff, along with their willingness to go the extra mile where needed, has been a major reason for the success of STM, and why clients keep coming back to the showroom and workshop for their needs.

Earthmoving Equipment Magazine talked with some of the sales personnel helping to power STM and build partnerships with exceptional service and comprehensive solutions.

• Adrian Martiniello

Adrian is kept busy at STM managing five sales representatives for the machinery section, while also looking after the business’ major accounts.

In his 10th year at the company, Adrian first made the move because it was a good opportunity to sell a great product in the form of Kobelco excavators.

Imparting that expertise to clients has been a strong reason for a solid business showing, with the company coming off some of the biggest years in its history.

In his role, Adrian knows many of the company’s customers, and makes it a point of ensuring he keeps in regular touch with them.

“Personally, I want to continue to grow my sales and management knowledge bank,” he said.

“And of course, sell a lot of excavators and continue to be the market leaders.”

Always friendly and easy to deal with, Adrian makes it a point to ensure details such as specific turnarounds and delivery dates are met.

Adrian’s experience and product knowledge has allowed him to give the most up-to-date, current advice and feedback to clients about their purchases, ensuring they get the absolute best bang for their bucks.

• Peter Moore

Territory Manager – North Sydney Peter is a stalwart of the industry, selling machinery and supporting STM customers for several decades.

Having grown up around earthmoving gear and learning the ins and outs of the industry from his father, Peter’s wealth of knowledge is hard to top. And he uses it to best effect, providing valuable information about equipment to clients.

Customers who chat with Peter will be able to glean knowledge gained from his long career, and be assured they will be receiving expert advice.

“At the end of the day, customers pretty much know what they want. We are on hand to answer their questions with expertise," he said.

"Our years of experience let us explain the features and benefits of our equipment, as opposed to machines from competitors.

“We have the experience and intuition to understand customer needs and make them feel at ease when dealing, and looking after them with top sales, parts, and service.”

The key was setting a good rapport and maintaining friendly dialogue. As an example, even at the height of the pandemic, when no-one was buying, STM kept on visiting and communicating with them.

“We just wanted to keep the relationships going. Then, when things started to turn around again, the phones started ringing again, and it was all those same customers,” Peter said.

• Sean Petrie

Territory Manager - North West Sydney Sean’s been with STM for two years, where he is enjoying selling the quality equipment in the company’s repertoire.

“The role gives me a chance to be involved with new equipment and new projects, and it’s an exciting place to be,” he said.

Clients can also expect highest quality service, as Luke’s personal targets are to keep on learning, securing better relationships with clients, and establishing himself as a wellknown authority on machinery in the region.

And there’s no doubt Luke has the experience to back him up.

“I have worked in the industry for 13 years, including 10 years in a range of roles spanning different expertises, but my largest focus was in parts and customer support,” Sean said.

Sean’s extensive parts and sales experience has provided him with an impressive bank of

Part of the team: Byren (left), Peter, Robert, Sean, and Christian. STM Heaquarters in Smeaton Grange. Images: STM

knowledge in the utility, construction, rental, civil and mining industries, as well as the parts and functions of a wide range of machinery, including excavators, loaders, dump trucks, dozers, graders, crushers, backhoes, positracks and skid steers.

"I bring my technical experience along with relationships and local knowledge of the greater Sydney area to STM customers,” he said.

• Christian Bono Territory Manager – South Sydney

Christian came into his role four years ago, and is currently responsible for mini and medium Kobelco excavator sales (1-8.5 tonnes) as well as other products STM offers, such as ASV tracked loaders, D’Avino site dumpers and CNF mini dumpers.

“This was my first job in the earthmoving industry and in the time I have been at STM, I have retained extensive knowledge on a variety of earthmoving equipment and sales,” he said.

“With each sale I gain even more experience and aim to continue to grow as a salesperson.”

Christian is always eager to talk to customers, who he says can expect to connect with a youthfully energised, well organised and knowledgeable salesperson.

“I spent a lot of time in my first few months at STM with each department (sales, service, and spare parts) to gain a stronger understanding of how each aspect of the business operates,” he said.

“This allows me to answer a lot of the questions my customers may ask, and to provide the best possible service.

“I am also happy to put in the extra effort for my customers, which includes after-hours calls, informative machine handovers, and meeting with customers on weekends in our dealership to have a walk around potential machinery.”

• Robert Thompson-Laing Territory Manager - East Coast, Sydney In his role, Robert sells mid to heavy earthmoving machinery, primarily to Tier 1 customers.

He moved to STM about 18 months ago, after having previously been a customer when he was in the wet and dry equipment hire business, thus giving him the perspective of seeing sales and purchases from both sides of the fence.

“I know what customers want and I am able to offer insights and information into what they are looking for,” he said

“With a decade of experience in the civil and construction sectors, I have cultivated expertise in selling and renting earthmoving equipment.

“My specialisation lies in discerning pertinent inquiries and verifying the scope of work essential for the customer's utilisation of earthmoving machinery. Additionally, I ensure seamless alignment between the customer's requirements and the optimal machinery selection, thereby enhancing return on investment.

" Our foremost selling point is our unparalleled commitment to after-sales support. Whether it's a farmer purchasing a 1.7 tonne machine for his property or a Tier 1 customer acquiring their 15th machine from us, my dedication to

providing assistance knows no bounds.

“My phone remains readily available, accepting calls seven days a week, to ensure that I am always accessible to offer assistance in any way possible."

• Luke Johnston

Territory Manager - South Coast, Sydney

Over at Wollongong, Luke is kept busy selling excavators, posi-tracks, loaders, and pretty much any earthmoving equipment, old and new.

A regular STM veteran, Luke came on board the STM team straight out of his plant mechanic apprenticeship, starting work as a mechanic for the fleet of excavators, which included Kobelco, ASV, Terex and D'Avino brands.

He is also fully qualified in Cert 3 Automotive Technology for Plant and Diesel.

“Working at STM for 10 years has given me a diverse range of skills across service, parts and sales, allowing me to participate and oversee all aspects of the business,” he said.

"While my knowledge of the Kobelco product is extensive, given my service background I have strong ability to source information to answer any enquiry on any product.

“I strive to provide a great experience for customers when they purchase a machine that meets ther needs, and then support that machine and client for years after.”

• Ross Forsyth

Territory Manager - Canberra

In the national capital, Ross holds up the STM flag. Ross came on board with STM a year ago, having previously worked at a range of wellknown companies in the machinery industry, including Cummins, Liebherr, Porter Equipment and CJD Equipment, and is therefore no stranger among machinery circles.

“One of the main reasons for my position here was down to my having a lot of contacts in the agricultural and mining sectors. So, I’ll be looking to push STM equipment strongly in those areas in 2024,” he said.

Enjoying talking to and taking care of customers, Ross enjoys nothing more than providing valuable insights on the machines and explaining how they can revolutionise business operations.

"For customers pondering upgrades or a brand new addition to their fleet, local service is

also a priority for us at STM,” he said.

“A lot of people in the area already have a fair idea of what they want, and will come in requesting a specific model for their application. I’ll talk them through it, find what they’re after, then liaise with STM headquarters to sort out a price and a quote, and streamline the whole purchase process.”

A mechanic and auto electrician by trade, Ross also is well-versed in machinery knowledge and will be able to answer most equipment-related questions that customers might have.

“STM supplies only robust, trustworthy machinery,” he said.

“We don’t deal in anything that’s going to let us down. We’ve always worked closely with our OEM partners to make sure things are going the right way for everybody.”

• Byren Meers

Used Equipment Manager, Sales and Coordinator

For those seeking the best of used equipment, Byren is the man to call. Originally a sales consultant with a lawn care company, he’s a font of knowldge when it comes to mowers, edging tools, hedge trimmers, robotic units and ground care supplements.

But wanting to expand his horizons, Byren felt the earthmoving industry seemed like “the place to be”.

“In my time here at STM, I have gained experience on a range of machinery, including Kobelco, ASV, D'Avino, CNF mini dumpers, as well as understanding how to operate the machines and how they work,” he said.

“Selling used equipment has given me experience to understand a range of different brands and machinery options that I otherwise wouldn’t have access to if selling new equipment. This includes a wide range of machinery, for example rollers, crushers, wheel loaders, and skid steers.

“I am mechanically minded and have a natural affinity with people and enjoy daily interactions with our customer base, as I find achieving customer satisfaction a rewarding experience.”

He said he ensured that there was always a great service for used equipment buyers, that his customers were looked after and that there were no issues with after-sales service.

Adrian Martiniello (third from left) and Luke Johnston (fourth from left) speak to STM customers.


For almost half a century, STM has made it possible for businesses across NSW to power up – supplying and servicing quality trucks and machinery to meet the demands of any job.

Starting out in a single shed in the 1970s, we know what it takes to build a business – and are passionate about helping you grow yours. Today, our family owned and operated enterprise is proud to offer a multi-site, modern service, with a team of more than 120. We care about giving every customer the best experience possible – with a wide range of trusted brands, flexible finance, spare parts, repairs and personal service.

We may have come a long way from that shed, but our family commitment to quality remains. Whatever your size, whatever your budget, STM is your one stop shop – with everything to keep your business moving.


The might of Merlo

In a working relationship that has stood the test of time, SA Tractors and Merlo Group Australia are a match made for the earthmoving industry.

South Australia’s leading supplier of attachments to the earthmoving industry, SA Tractors, has been in a solid partnership with telehandler specialist Merlo Group Australia for five years.

A South Australian-owned and operated business located in Cavan, 10km north of Adelaide, SA Tractors supplies equipment, parts and service solutions to the earthmoving, mining, and farming industries, with a range of stock available for immediate delivery backed by local backup support. This includes attachments for skid steers, excavators and wheel loaders.

Earthmoving Equipment Magazine speaks with SA Tractors part owner and sales director Matt Allen to learn more about the company’s connection with Merlo Group Australia.

Also looking after equipment sales, Matt is an authority on Merlo equipment and what it offers.

Matt said the association began when The Merlo Group wanted to place its machines in front of the Australian market, and SA Tractors quickly snapped up the opportunity.

“SA Tractors had been looking to partner with a high-quality dedicated telehandler distributor, and chose Merlo as it was simply the best on the market and complemented our other products really well,” Matt said.

“The company’s core values match those of SA Tractors, being a family-owned and operated business and having a customer-first attitude.

“Its mission is to provide personalised solutions to help businesses grow and return more profit to the bottom line.

“The Merlo machines are built for the customers and operators. We like to have our focus in that area as well.

“Performance-wise, anywhere heavy work needs to be done, a Merlo machine can and should be there.”

Merlo telehandlers are used in a range of industries including construction, defence, government and farming.

“Merlo is different to other telehandler brands, because they are built as a telehandler from the ground up,” Matt said.

“The Merlo factory is an amazing facility and one of the few factories that creates just about the entire machine on site from scratch.

“Any visit to the Merlo base really opens your eyes to how much care, quality and experience has gone into getting the product to where it is today.”

SA Tractors boasts a full range of Merlo equipment at its showrooms.

“We offer the full Merlo range from the new Cingo tracked carrier machines to large Roto rotating telehandlers. We have a range of six Merlo telehandlers available for use: the medium duty Turbofarmer II, Multifarmer, Panoramic HM, Panoramic CS, Panoramic with stabilisers, and Turbofarmer Heavy Duty.”

• The Turbofarmer II range consists of six models with three boom dimensions (7, 9 and 10 metres) and load capacity from 3300 to 4200kg.

• The Multifarmer is a cross between a tractor

and a telehandler. The Multifarmer family and its MF 40.7 and MF 40.9 models are heavy duty telehandlers with booms capable of handling 4 tonne loads at 7m or 9m height.

• Merlo has two distinct families in the highcapacity class: the first belongs to the highend Panoramic range with lifting capacities

Merlo Equipment on display at SA Tractors. Images: SA Tractors

from 6t and 7.2t in the 10 metre class; the second, named HM, completes the offering with load capacities up to an impressive 10t with booms from 10 up to 18m.

• The Panoramic CS is a revolutionary telehandler that introduces new solutions for design and engineering, and anticipates what telehandlers will be like in the next few years. This product family offers many unique technologies as standard in order to increase comfort, productivity and reduce the fuel consumption. Another exclusive Merlo technology, the EPD (Eco Power Drive), reduces the consumption by about 18per cent to guarantee low cost of ownership.

• The unique Merlo design of the Panoramics with stabilisers ensures good weight balance which, together with versatile drive/steer axles, extraordinary ground clearance, permanent 4WD and road travel at up to 40 km/h, ensure unrivalled driving ability in the most challenging of ground conditions. The Panoramic telehandlers feature a brilliant boom side-shift system uniquely developed by Merlo, allowing the operator to control the resulting sideways movement of the load with great accuracy.

• The Turbofarmer range expands with Heavy Duty, a new range of high-capacity telehandlers for the agriculture sectorspecially designed for emerging applications such as biomass handling. Heavy Duty telehandlers offer exceptional comfort, with handling capacity of 5t at 8m or 4.5t at 11m.

SA Tractors also runs a fully equipped warehouse and workshop facility, with a wide range of skilled and experienced personnel ready to support business.

“SA Tractors provides on-site after sales service for all Merlo products with trained service technicians and Merlo electronic tooling,” Matt said.

More on Merlo

Matt said Merlo Group as a family-run international industrial group based in Italy,which designs, produces, and markets its own products under the ‘Merlo’ and ‘TreEmme’ brands.

The Merlo strategy is based on proximity to the customer, thanks to a solid distribution network, and on the search for innovative avant-garde solutions that allow profitable and lasting activities with the utmost respect for safety and the environment.

The Merlo Group continues to expand its dealership network across the country, with dealers like SA Tractors in South Australia, and two headquarters on opposite sides of the country.

Its worldwide presence is ensured by a direct organisation of seven branches in Australia France, Germany, England, Spain, Portugal and the USA. With a distribution network of over 50 importers and 800 dealers, Merlo offers widespread coverage in terms of sales, service and spare parts.

The Merlo Group’s international approach remains to increase its global footprint, guaranteeing proximity to customers and opening up new markets by introducing high-

tech products with superior safety standards.

The Group is also committed to respecting the environment and making the work of the operator more functional, safe, and comfortable.

Its goal is one shared by SA Tractors: to innovate compact manageable machines to deliver unrivalled operating features, comfort, efficiency, and unparallel safety.

Matt firmly believes that the solid alliance between Merlo and SA Tractors is one that won’t end anytime soon.

“We will certainly keep being a proud dealer for the Merlo product for many years to come,” Matt said.

Merlo Group Australia’s national dealer development manager, Chris Wilson, recognises the importance of a strong

partnership with trusted Australian dealers.

“SA Tractors are certainly a good fit for Merlo Group Australia with similar family traditions and longevity in the South Australian market,” he said.

It is evident that Merlo equipment is a favourite in the earthmoving industry, with South Australian buyers continuously replacing new models.

“We have seen a steady growth of Merlo telehandlers into the South Australian market with customers building on their Merlo fleet as well as replacing them with new models,” Chris said.

“As we grow our model mix and introduce new products into the market, we look forward to working closely with Matt and his team to keep the Merlo brand front and centre.”

The SA Tractors team at the Merlo factory. The Merlo P27.6 is a Panoramic light telehandler that is mainly used in poultry farming, pictured at the SA Tractors site.

Quantity and quality

A prominent player in the used machinery industry since 1998, Allied Equipment Sales is not resting on its laurels to consolidate its reputation as the leader in this market.

Anyone looking for quality used construction equipment in Australia knows the name of Allied Equipment Sales.

The business is renowned for making it simple for customers to buy or sell machinery, backed by the goal to identify the perfect equipment for any upcoming project.

As the company’s workshop manager Thomas Ingham says, it’s the customercentric approach that guarantees a tailored sales experience to precisely meet requirements.

“We have a strong presence across Australia, including branches in Western Australia and New South Wales," he said.

“Our extensive experience and expertise ensure that clients receive expert guidance and machinery solutions that align seamlessly with their production requirements.”

Taking stock

Thomas said Allied Equipment Sales was the undisputed authority in quality when it comes to used machinery: and what a range it boasts.

“We specialise in the procurement and sale of unused and low hour equipment. Machinery of every size from excavators, dozers, rigid frame and articulated dump trucks, graders, loaders, all on and off highway trucks, backhoes and skidsteer/posi-track machines,” he said.

“Our inventory encompasses machines ranging from compact units to those exceeding 100 tonnes.

“We supply unused ‘ready to work’ on-road truck options such as Isuzu 6x4 14000L water trucks, Isuzu 6x4 7000L service trucks and Fuso 4x4 field service utility ‘Battle’ trucks.

“Our facility here in Midland has the capability to provide a ‘start to finish’ experience for our clients,” Thomas said.

This ranges from procurement of the machine to:

• Repairs/maintenance

• Value adding of machines

• Full builds and site spec upgrades


• Fire suppression

• Grease systems

• Access and Egress systems

• Wear packages

Sand blasting/painting

• Hot and cold high pressure washing/destaining

Allied Equipment Sales stocks a veritable who’s who – or what’s what – of worldrenowned makes and models.

This includes:

• Caterpillar

• Komatsu

• Hitachi

John Deere

• Volvo

• Isuzu

• Fuso

• Case Doosan


Why use used?

But why would a company want to buy used equipment instead of new?

Thomas said the machinery market, in both Australia ad globally, was facing a persistent shortage.

“New machine production falls short of meeting client needs,” he said.

“Added to this, international shipping processes are expensive and time-consuming, driving a preference for locally sourced equipment. Our late model, low hour quality equipment message fills this gap.

“At Allied, we ensure that each machine is backed by our commitment to reliability and performance standards.”

Team effort

The dedication to customer service is matched only by the depth and knowledge and expertise possessed by its team.

“We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service backed by industry leading expertise, ensuring our client receive the support and guidance throughout the procurement journey,” Thomas said.

“Many of our team members started their careers “on the tools”, gaining first hand experience in the field before transitioning into various roles within the industry.

“This means we have a unique perspective and understanding of machinery operation, maintenance and repair processes, and a strong foundation which is a leverage

Allied Equipment Sales stocks a large range of world-renowned makes and models. Images: Allied Equipment Sales

for better understanding and meeting our clients' needs.”

The majority of the team boasts more than 35 years of experience in the industry, with their extensive tenure in the field enabling Allied Equipment Sales to offer unparalleled service and guidance to clients.

“Our professionals bring a deep understanding of market trends, product specifications and customer needs, allowing us to make informed decisions and provide tailored solutions and advice,” Thomas said.

“Our commitment to staying ahead of industry developments contribute significantly to our success and reinforce or positions as a trusted leader in machinery sector.”

What’s in demand?

Thomas said clients seeking late-model, lowhour machinery are not just looking for the equipment itself, but also valued the support and expertise that comes with their purchase.

“We understand that building lasting relationships with our clients is as important as delivering quality machinery,” he said.

“The ability in meeting client need promptly. Whether it’s modifying equipment or providing specialised attachments, we are committed to delivering tailored solution that align perfectly with our clients’ objectives.”

Fit for purpose

As well, the facility in WA specialises in the ‘build-up’ and ‘site-spec’ process.

“Once the machine has been sourced and brought into our facility, we can fit it out with any and all mine-site specific upgrades depending on the machine and client needs,” Thomas said.

These included:

• Electrical upgrades, isolators, two-way radios, lights, estopsFire suppression

• Fire extinguishers

• Access ladder and handrail upgrades

• Diesel fast fill

• Loadrite

• Oil evac service centres

• Autogreaser

• Wear packages

• Attachments

• High visibility decals and machinery ID numbers

• Painting

• Washing

• Transport

• Machine dealer specific upgrades such as High Ambient packages

Maintaining the edge

Thomas said Allied Equipment Sales recognised that it operated in a competitive business environment.

To maintain its advantage, it employed several strategies:

• E xceptional customer services – By providing guidance and prioritising customer service and prompt responses we can foster long term relationships with many of our clients.

• Expertise and knowledge – The team has extensive industry experience and expertise, enabling us to offer insightful guidance and recommendations tailored to each client’s needs. Wide network – The extensive network of local and global suppliers allows the company to access a diverse range of equipment, ensuring it can meet our various client requirements promptly

Continuous improvement – The business continually seeks opportunities to enhance its operations, whether through investing in technology, expanding the product offering or refining services and processes.

Back to the future

“We have plans to expand our current workshop facility, offer metro and on-site support and value-adding schemes for clients looking to sell their stock for the best return,” Thomas said.

“Ultimately, we plan to solidify our position as a leader in the machinery sector and continue delivering exceptional values to our clients,” Thomas said.

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Smooth operators

ESA is bringing in HST-powered wheel loaders into Australia, as the benefits of fluid transmission systems become increasingly recognised.

Hydrostatic transmissions (HST) have been available in the construction industry for a while now, on equipment such as excavators and small off road machines.

However, more recently, the number of dozers and wheel loaders with HST has exploded, as operators begin to realise that HST make machine operation easier, smoother and much faster.

HST involves the transfer of engine power using hydraulic fluid. The biggest gain from a HST is the elimination of mechanical items with fixed gear ratios or slipping torque converters, giving operators infinite variable speed control or more direct output control, without uncontrolled slippage by using engine speed or a lever setting to govern the oil flow amount.

HST offers excellent flexibility and torque, and minimal wear and tear due to the absence of gears, clutch packs and slipping torque converters.

Currently, about 70 per cent of loaders sold in Europe are now hydrostatic, with the likes of Cat, Komatsu, Hitachi and Liebherr releasing them for retail sale over there.

Curiously, such machines have not made it to Australia yet in the larger units.

But now Queensland-based Equipment Specialists Australia (ESA) is importing the equipment in a big way, under the Alfa brand of Chinese manufacturer Lovol Construction. Company Operating Manager Lawrence

Perkins said the fact that Alfa was producing such advanced units proved that the company was operating at the highest level in technology and quality.

“It’s important to distinguish the higher-end product I’m putting the ESA name to,” he said.

“Alfa pricing sits at the gap in the market between budget machines that don’t enjoy the level of backup support we offer or quality product, and the big-brand name machines that are out of many people’s budgets.

“Our commitment has always been to provide only the best to our customers. The Alfa brand represents the highest quality, distinguishing itself from other variants in the mid priced market.”

Lawrence said the perception to Chinese top manufactures is changing.

“It’s like Japanese vehicles; when they were first brought in, the reputation wasn’t good, but now they’re regarded as the best,” he said.

“This is what is changing in regards to Chinese high-level construction brands, and the HST wheel loaders are a good example.

“You could say that the time is arriving now where Chinese high class equipment has caught up and passed some of the big name brands in technology, performance, quality and certainly reliability!

“For wheel loaders, HST helps in operations such as precise pallet handling, operation in tighter areas, increased loading times and

advantages in fuel, tire and brake savings.

“What operators say they appreciate most when comparing an HST and a powershift transmission is how much easier it is to operate an HST machine.

“Operators gain more comfort in the smoother operation, precise control, no gear changes, increased performance without the need to operate it abusively and at high RPM to fill the bucket or high travel speeds – no time is lost on the job.

“The Euro 5 emission standard engine is selling well in Europe but we have pushed for Tier 3 emission engines in all our models, which has been done due to the high numbers we sell.

“The mechanics of the machines are a Kubota in the smaller loader with a Linde HST system and Cummins with Danfoss HST system in the larger machines, or a combination of the highest quality products in wet brake axles with full hydraulic four-wheel braking.

“There is a luxury sealed air-conditioned cab with all controls at your fingertips, as well as ISO standard quick hitches to match every possible attachment available.

“Powershift is old news, its days are numbered.”

The current Alfa HST loader range comprises:

• Alfa WL918K – 6t operating weight (2t rated)

“The WL918K is a machine that rivals the likes of a Cat 908/Komatsu WA70/100 and such, but

Bucket operations on the HST-powered WL962K are ‘as smooth as butter’. Images: ESA

nearly half the price,” Lawrence said.

“Those who have smaller yards, like garden centres, can’t justify sending $200,000 for a loader, and the only alternatives in the past were the cheap low-spec Chinese loaders with tiny wheels and less than desired performance, capabilities and comfort or used equipment that someone else doesn’t want anymore.

“But now the ALFA WL918K has a machine to fill the void, offering highest quality, specs, performance and comfort at a reasonable price.”

• Alfa WL948K – 16t (4.8t)

This compact design machine has a 16t operating weight, 4.8t safe operating load, radial L5 tires, quick hitch, and full hydraulic brakes so no need for an onboard air system,.

“With a hydraulic reversible fan, diff lock and more – this is a machine that rivals the best and surpasses most,” Lawrence said.

“It is highly capable and suitable for all concrete batching plants, urban tighter spaces, feedlots and much more.”

• Alfa WL962K – 20t (6t)

The Alfa WL962K is a high seller for all larger operations coming in at 20t operating weight with 6t-rated safe load capacity.

“It has quick hitch available as a factory option, which is a huge saving over costly attachment additions made in Australia,” Lawrence said.

“This machine has been proven to be unbeatable in stick raking work where full power to the ground is available at lower RPM over high RPM needed to drive slipping torque converters.

“The difference can be compared to driving an automatic car with the brakes half on –pushing trees or trying to fill a bucket requires full engine RPM while feathering the bucket or charging at it, but very limited action is taken place.

“Imagine filling the bucket or pushing over a tree with no more than ¼ RPM – this is possible with HST.

“HST has full torque and drive all the way through the RPM range being as smooth as butter on a hot day.

“The effortlessness keeps the operator happy in the seat for longer hours and the machines increased performance gets the job done faster - the key to a happy workforce.

“And with reasonable pricing, lower

operating costs, highest quality for more reliability than the big name brands with all there electronics – the return on investment can’t be beaten. This is the key to a happy owner.”

• Alfa WL982K – 27t (8.5t rated capacity)

Lawrence said that when loading trucks require one bucket fill, the popular Alfa WL982K has excelled with faster load cycle times than any of the competition.

“Loading trucks and coal trains alike without the need for braking, high engine RPM or multiple gear changes – nothing can beat the cycle time or performance of the HST WL982K in its range,” he said.

“Even put to the test in a third world country with multiple machines handling 10t every bucket fill, this machine stood up to the challenge despite overloading it year in, year out with little care factor to maintenance or safety – this is the true test that will make or break a machine.

“Operators will find it hard to drive a modern powershift big name brand machine once they have experienced the Alfa HST difference.

“And to keep the owner happy, the machine offers up to 25 per cent fuel savings and tire life, with 80 per cent-plus brake life saving, and a trusted and reliable Cummins engine with limited electronics.”

Lawrence said that without the huge overheads of using big name brands, business owners were standing up to take notice of the savings, including mining companies which have purchased multiple HST machines now.

“Even underground mines, which demand the highest level in safety, quality and reliability – without a thought of dollar savings - choose Alfa,” Lawrence said.

Passion for power

For those who do prefer powershifts, Alfa stocks the full range of powershift wheel loaders from 4t operating weight, 1t capacity to 30t operating weight and 10t capacity.

“We know some users are a little to hesitant to change up to HST. Sometimes the fear of the unknown is too much to overcome but as time goes on, HST will become more normal along with options of battery powered electric loaders,” Lawrence said.

“This is where the Alfa WL948K, WL968K and WL982K step a level above even the big names, with Alfa HST drive electric battery powered loaders currently in use.

“Conversions are done right here in Australia and distributed all over the country to mine sites, quarries and operations requiring low emissions.”

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The HST driveline in detail. The rear compact counterweight on the WL948K.

Big enough to trust, small enough to care

The loyalty, commitment and ethics of the people behind CJD Equipment have helped shape the collective spirit of the company that has contributed to its growth and development for more than 50 years.

When Chamberlain John Deere sold off its dealerships around Australia in 1973 to focus on manufacturing, two enterprising sales executives within the company saw an opportunity too good to pass up.

Ron Rafferty and Rob Jowett – work colleagues who had spent their early careers with agricultural equipment maker Chamberlain Industries before John Deere took over – made the leap of faith to purchase the WA dealership and start up a business in its own right.

The result was CJD Equipment, which began operations in February 1974. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, half a century on, CJD is regarded as one of the country’s leading distributors of construction equipment for the resources, civil, agriculture and forestry sectors. The portfolio includes world-class brands such as Volvo Construction Equipment (CE), SDLG, Kenworth, DAF Trucks, Isuzu and Fuso.

Still headquartered in WA, the company has spread its wings to 23 nationwide branches, many of which also serve as parts and service support outlets for every product the company sells. It’s among the top 100 listed private companies in Australia.

To celebrate the milestone, CJD held a gala celebration at Perth’s Optus stadium in February, attended by more than 400 past and present staff, guests and representatives of the

core manufacturers of the equipment that fill the company’s display yards.

Ron, now CJD Executive Chairman, told Earthmoving Equipment Magazine of the pride he and Jowett had in building the business up from its humble origins.

“CJD started with 28 employees and turned over $4.5 million (in 2023 dollars) in its first full year. Today, it has about 600 employees and brought in nearly $1 billion in sales revenue for the 2023 calendar year,” he said.

“Our success can be attributed to three main factors: determined leaders, committed employees, and the global brands we stock.

“The company’s leadership continues to maintain the family-oriented atmosphere of a much smaller organisation, reflected in the great lengths of time so many employees choose to stay with CJD.”

This connection is exemplified right from the top. Rob and Ron have been in partnership now for all those 50 years and been personal friends for more than 60. In 2008, they passed on the management reins to Alan Barnett, who first joined CJD in 2001, and remains at the helm today as Managing Director.

Rob reiterated that the company’s growth and achievements were “due to the quality of the people that we've employed”. “We've been very lucky. We've had some wonderful people come along on this journey with us,” he said.

“And it has been a memorable journey. When we began, we were of course selling Chamberlain and John Deere equipment, before establishing farm equipment dealerships throughout Australia, while still continuing with this business in WA. And we were selling enough to make the business very successful.

“Very early on, we acquired the White Truck franchise for WA. When they went bankrupt, we were very fortunate to be able to pick up Kenworth trucks in WA, and a little while later we became the Australian distributor for Volvo Construction Equipment, where we are the importer, the wholesaler and the retailer.”

Rob said the industry had seen a cavalcade of businesses come and go during the five decades.

“There isn’t one of those original truck and construction equipment businesses in existence in the way we used to know them. CJD is the exception,” he said.

“We’ve always been at the same address, doing the same thing, all the while expanding our offerings and adding other locations.”

Ron said the future for CJD holds great promise.

“Not only do we have a great team of people, but we also very fortunate to represent some of the best world's brands,” he said. “And with names like that, you can't help but attract other good people to the company.

“As a company, we are always exploring opportunities to grow. Our longevity is testament to the principles and core values that have always driven us, underpinned by our people.

“We look forward to the next 50 years of CJD Equipment.”

Alan said he was privileged to be able to build on the foundations laid down by Rob and Ron.

“I’ve been Managing Director for 15 years and the time has flown by,” he said.

“As we continue to grow, the key is to ensure that our people always feel part of the CJD family.

“We need to grow organically through improved performance and best practice. We need to grow by acquisition. We need to review our branch network continually to ensure we provide the highest levels of service to our customers. And we need to look for business opportunities that will enable the entire group to grow, not just for the company, but also the staff and their livelihoods.”

The Volvo connection

There’s no doubt that CJD’s acquisition of the Volvo CE franchise in WA in 1992 has been a

CJD founders Ron Rafferty (left) and Rob Jowett. Image: Prime Creative Media

major stepping stone towards its climb to its current heights. Less than 10 years after the agreement, the company had taken over as national importer and distributor for the entire Volvo CE business in Australia.

Now, almost 32 years later, the working association is rock solid, with the partnership continuing to reap dividends for both parties.

Volvo CE Head of Region International, Joakim Arndorw , flew in from Sweden to visit several CJD branches throughout Australia, a trip culminating in the 50th anniversary celebrations in Perth.

“Volvo has been very happy with the relationship and that's why it's still continuing,” he said.

“We have always looked at Australia as a market where we can develop the product better, we are always after feedback to improve.

“The machines that Volvo sell are tested for all the environments that they are being used in. Australian customers can be assured that the machines have been thoroughly trialled in local conditions.

“Australia has some of the harshest conditions in the world, from heat to remoteness to dust, and we regularly test our products so that customers know they're cared for and thought of that way.

“We sell about 800 units in Australia annually – articulated haulers, crawler excavators, wheeled excavators, wheel loaders, road machinery – and we're constantly improving our machines. I think we have the best in the business.

“And it’s important to have really good partners like CJD that take care of the machines when they are in the market being used by the customers. Because I think to be successful you need to have good products but also have good support.”

Joakim said that while Volvo continues to innovate and improve traditional engines, the big focus moving forward is on sustainability and the development of electric mobility machines.

It’s the next step forward in Volvo CE’s ambition to reach net zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 –alongside development of hydrogen fuel cell solutions and more sustainable internal combustion engine products – and is part of Volvo Group’s target to have at least 35 per cent of its sales of vehicles fully electric by 2030.

“That means that by 2040, all new sold Volvo Group products shall have net-zero emissions,” Joakim said.

“So our target is to sell 35 per cent electric machines by 2030 and we have taken the first step here now in Australia, by launching electric compact excavators and electric compact wheel loaders, which are being tested at the moment.”

Using them is relatively simple, Joakim said. “You can either charge with a fast charger or with a regular power socket for the smaller machines,” he said.

“There’s still a lot of development going on in this area when it comes to battery

management and battery capacity, but this will happen fairly quickly.

“We're moving to being solution providers: the days of just selling a product are changing. We're trying to provide the complete solution to customers for them to reduce their emissions and not just for the product, but for them.

“Our customers need full servicing operations, package support, the data connectivity; and it's information that we can provide to help them be more efficient, and get the right product offering.”

Joakim said CJD’s 50th anniversary was an achievement worth commemorating.

“When you have done 50 years, it's important that you celebrate that, because it's a really good achievement. And the dinner event showed how proud the people and

the employees of CJD were to work for the company and to carry the Volvo brand,” he said.

Alan said CJD worked well with Volvo because they shared the same goal and desire.

“Partnerships that have the same vision achieve greatness together. There's always the ups and downs over the journey, and with Volvo, we built not just the working relationship, but friendships, and I think that's the other thing that comes out of it,” he said.

“It becomes very personal. It's not just a job. It's not just a business. It's not an e-mail relationship. That makes a difference because we care.

“We represent ourselves to the customers. We're one together always. You know we can't do it alone. And Volvo can't. But together we can.”

At the 50th dinner anniversary dinner were Prime Creative Media Group Sales Manager Asanka Gurusinha (left), CJD Executive General Manager – Sales & Marketing Grayden Leaver, Volvo Head of Oceania Bertrand Collette, and Joakim Arndorw. Image: Prime Creative Media Ron (left), Alan Barnett and Rob at Optus Stadium, where CJD celebrated the 50th anniversary. Image: CJD



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Lay pipes like a boss

Revolutionising pipe handling, the innovative PIPEBOSS attachment facilitates mechanical pipe movement and precise placement, enabling workers to maintain a safe distance and significantly reduce injury risks.

PIPEBOSS is a pipe handling attachment that controls pipes from swinging, allowing easy, accurate pipe laying.

This reduces potential harm to personnel and pipe damage during the process of laying all kinds of pipes.

Pipe movement and placement can be undertaken mechanically via the PIPEBOSS attachment, whilst workers are able to be within a safe distance which minimises the risk of injury.

The pipe is held in a fixed position with the PIPEBOSS attachment, and the movement is controlled by an operator, rather than the freemoving pipes with the use of chains and/or sling combinations that require more personnel in the trench.

The innovation was developed by the team at Blue Water Engineering, which has just celebrated 40 years in business.

General Manager Steve Piacun said PIPEBOSS was among the three brands owned by the Gold Coast-based company, along with Blue Water and Vaclift.

"We have developed a respected reputation in both the architectural, industrial, manufacturing, mining, civil construction and marine sectors for our knowledge, technical experience and the quality of the products delivered to our customers,” he said.


“We recognised that pipe-related worksite injuries were on the increase, hence the introduction of more stringent safety precautions and sign-offs,” Steve said.

“These costs on a regular basis add up and aren't necessarily addressing the real issue of how to move pipes with more control and less requirement for people in the trenches, risking common injuries like crush injuries, neck

and back injuries, or worse amputation, spinal injuries, permanent disablement, or even cause wrongful death.

“The less the amount of time people are exposed to moving pipes, the safer the work site will be.

“It also improves efficiency as the pipe handling can be managed directly from the cab of the excavator via PIPEBOSS’s multi-camera screens and laser alignment tool.”

Steve said PIPEBOSS was extremely versatile and can grip/manipulate pipes from small plastic pipes, heavy fence posts, right up to large concrete pipes with a diameter range of 200mm up to 925mm and a maximum lifting capacity 3000kg.

“Changing diameter is easily adjusted by moving the jaws laterally to suit the pipe size being used,” he said.

“The jaws are held by a groove system and will not fall when sliding to a new adjusted position.”

PIPEBOSS also helps lessen product damage. Concrete pipes are easily chipped or cracked, so handling them with a padded jaw with the correct measured pressure is highly beneficial. The product is aimed at council civil works or smaller operators, who will be able to dig the trench and change over the bucket to the PIPEBOSS attachment and pick up a pipe off a truck and lay it in the trench and align it, all from his cabin.

“This negates the need for a worker in the trench guiding him, and provides speed, control, accuracy and overall efficiency,” Steve said.

Steve said an average operator would be competent at using a PIPEBOSS after half a day of operating.

“An experienced operator would be able to operate efficiently within an hour or two. The main areas to get familiar with are learning to trust the cameras as most have relied on a spotter in the past,” he said.

“PIPEBOSS allows the operator to view the whole pipe-laying process and ensure correct pipe alignment at both ends of the pipe, as it is being installed. With the camera on the PIPEBOSS unit, the operator is able to view the pipe pickup and joining process closer, without any personnel having to be down in the trench.”

Why not a traditional grab machine?

Steve said the jaw action of the PIPEBOSS was the point of difference.

“We have one fixed and one sliding jaw. Most grabs work in a scissor motion making loading and unloading more difficult, with a traditional grab,” he said.

“Once in the trench, typically as the scissor-

The jaws enable O-rings to be fitted at waist height. Images: PIPEBOSS Pipe movement and precise placement can be undertaken mechanically via the PIPEBOSS attachment.

type grab machine releases, the jaws move away together, and this can cause the pipe to drop.

“Firstly, PIPEBOSS only requires 200mm to open and close therefore requires a narrower trench, saving time and money.

It has a unique three-point gripping/holding system at both ends of the jaws enabling the pipes to be firmly gripped at six points, and therefore held at any position along the pipe — even at one end, which is handy for fitting O rings at waist height.

"There is no need to hold the pipe in the middle at a balanced position. Having one jaw fixed with power rotation, this allows for easier and more controlled handling.

“Once in the trench, the jaws of the PIPEBOSS allow for a more precise placement with its sliding jaw action while the other stays fixed, allowing the pipe to remain stable after release. “The changeover from the rotation motion to the clamp movement is achieved by a remote wireless system, operated directly from the excavator cab.”

Why not slings and chains?

There are many ways to move pipes and traditionally it is done using slings and chainsbut gravity is at play.

“If you are relying on a controller with a swinging one tonne pipe, it can be difficult to stop and can take the worker for a ride before they will be able to control a pipe above them and navigate their footing below them,” Steve said.

“Slings and chains also require you to get into the trenches to take off the sling and slippage can be a real issue.

“Whilst it has been very much the industry standard for pipe laying, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best way of doing things.

“With your own PIPEBOSS, the pipe is held securely with foul control, preventing any dangerous swinging that occurs with slings and chain use.

“The pipe can be tilted up to 90 degrees, not

only to have the opportunity to protect your workers from injury with heavy labor tasks, but to also give more control of the situation to the excavator machine driver.

“They have multiple cameras so they can see where the pipe is and they can requires workers in the trench, but it definitely makes sense to reduce human exposure to pipes in trenches. It’s about educating the industry on a new way of laying pipes that is both safer and more efficient.”

Safety example

The danger with working carelessly with pipes was demonstrated harshly by a fatality at a Telfer gold mine in WA in 2013, when a worker was crushed by a 60 metre pipe while working at a tailings storage facility.

According to the Department of Mines, the victim and a co-worker were working on a section of a 60 metre long pipe, while another section was being moved by an industrial forklift.

The pipe moved suddenly, striking the coworker and crushing the victim against the ground.

The mining contractor involved was fined $130,000, with the Magistrate saying the company could have prevented exposing the victim to the hazard if a proper risk assessment of the pipe process had been conducted.

"Companies cannot become complacent and allow unsafe practices to occur during their usual operations,” he said.

State Mining Engineer Andrew Chaplyn said the failure to identify the tailings storage hazard essentially placed the workers in the direct line of fire in the event of uncontrolled movement of the pipe.

Australian-designed, Australian-made and an Australian-owned business, PIPEBOSS is designed to increase efficiencies and decrease the time needed to manage pipes, hence making projects move faster and safer.

Advanced alignment technology

Operator can view the pipe alignment from the cab of the machine with precision

Safety assurance/ mechanical handling

Pipes can be removed from the trench without the use of slings or personnel. PIPEBOSS allows pipes to be cleaned out, to remove soil or contaminates, directly with the machine without physical labour.

Firm grip technology

PIPEBOSS has enough gripping force, on the pipe, to allow lateral movement. This will allow a pipe to be disengaged from its seal and removed or engaged when being placed in the trench. This pressure is indicated on the lower screen in the operator's cab.

Visuals from cabin

Machine operators can view all four cameras directly from their cabin for safety when direct line of sight is lost. The upper two show the external view of the pipe. The lower two showing the internal view and laser targeting.

Easy to transport

PIPEBOSS is easily transported from site to site on the customised transport skid which can be lifted both sideways and lengthways with a forklift. It incorporates a lockable cabinet for the pipe alignment tool and associated accessories.

Laser alignment tool

PIPEBOSS laser alignment tool shown uses dual cameras and laser targets mounted at each end of the tool. This is essential when installing pipe, without the worker needing to be in the trench.

Impact absorbing/insulating/ rubber pads

Structural end damage, due to lack of control with swinging pipes is commonplace in the industry. PIPEBOSS increases control, greatly reduces the potential for damage. PIPEBOSS has six points of rubber insulating pads in contact with the pipe.

Versatile jaw adjustment

PIPEBOSS can handle different dimensions of pipe from 200mm up to 925mm. This is done easily by hand, adjusting both jaws via the bolted connections and control bars.

Operators can view the pipe alignment from the cab of the machine with accuracy.

Quality equipment solutions

Boasting more than four decades of industry experience and a combined 150 years of expertise, Pacific Hire ensures project requirements are met with precision and efficiency while leading the way in regional Victorian and Melbourne equipment rentals.

A modest scaffold yard in the picturesque Victorian regional town of Myrtleford still bears the name of Pacific Hire, the company that is now regarded as one of the state’s leading equipment hire specialists.

Today, its chief branches are based in Wangaratta and Somerton, where the business boasts a strong equipment rental hire fleet, with new items added weekly, ranging from small home equipment, mini loaders, excavators, compaction equipment, generators to site amenities, telehandlers, scaffold, traffic management, access equipment, and practically everything needed to get from the start of a job to the end.

But it was in humble Myrtleford where it all began, when the late Roland Carlassare grew sick and tired of friends asking to borrow his tools. In 1979, he founded a business which specialised in the leasing and hiring of equipment, an environment in which his children Raimond and Deanne, now company owners and directors, were raised in.

Earthmoving Equipment Magazine spoke to Pacific Hire General Manager Christian

Pacific Hire's Volvo A30G articulated hauler. Images: Prime Creative Media Pacific Hire's fleet includes articulated haulers, excavators, and wheel loaders.

Grzankowski about the company’s rise to prominence and eventual move into heavy earthmoving machinery.

“The Carlassare kids were surely the envy of their mates because they had all the diggers a kid could want to play with, and with age that still hasn’t changed,” Christian said.

“With our roots strongly secured in the Northern regions of Victoria and Southern regions of NSW, and offices based in Wangaratta and Melbourne, we are sure to get you the right equipment for your project, no matter where your job is based, what size your project is, or how complex it may be.”

Christian himself has had a long history in the hire industry, starting back in 2007 with a couple of hire companies after a long stint for a decade or so in the tyre industry.

"I had known Raimond through the industry, and in 2016 we brainstormed an opportunity over a coffee to expand Pacific Hire,” he said.

"He said ‘let’s just start in the shed at Footscray and see where it ends up.

"That was an understatement, for sure. We had no plans of building the business to what it is today, we just rolled with the punches.

“Our growth is not by fluke, but due to a lot of

An aerial view of the Somerton premises. Matthew Kozole (left), Raimond Carlassare and Christian Grzankowski.

great people constantly putting in the effort to head in the correct direction on a daily basis.

“We’re generally known for not just dipping our toes in the water; you’re either in or out and nothing less.”

Pacific Hire’s success with smaller equipment encouraged it to delve into the heavy machinery market in 2021. And there was only one brand that Raimond wanted.

CJD Equipment’s regional sales manager for Metro and North East Victoria, Matthew Kozole, said Volvo was the only choice for Raimond when he walked into the office, after his previous positive experiences with the manufacturer.

Matthew said that Raimond recognised that the Volvo equipment was a well-known topof-the-range product, after using it in an old logging company he used to own.

"He loved the wheel loaders then, and still does now. And so too do our clients, because demand for the Volvos is very strong,” he said.

"It was also an easy transition for Pacific Hire to bring in the Volvo product as their Melbourne location is not far from our own head office.

“This meant ease of access for parts and service on top of the already well-established reputation of the Volvos.”

Christian said it was the final piece in a jigsaw which now sees Pacific Hire as a complete hire

company for just about every type of machinery.

"We cater for the home handyman right up to multi-storey construction builders, and major projects such as the Level Crossing Removal work, Inland Rail, Metro and Westgate Tunnel projects, and also the North East link upgrade,” he said.

"We now offer equipment for all aspects of the industry, from jackhammers to full site setups with buildings, toilets, generators and light towers, excavators, rollers and access equipment.

“We have the largest ultra boom fleet in Victoria and NSW, and the largest onsite

When Pacific Hire moved into heavy machinery, there was only one brand to consider. Safety is paramount at Pacific Hire and Volvo excavators meet the highest safety standards, ensuring compliance with all industry regulations.

caravan fleet in those states. If you need it, we generally have it. We cater for customers all throughout Victoria, South Australia and lower NSW.

“Our attention to detail along with the latest plant and equipment on the market, coupled with decades of combined staff knowledge of the hire industry and a strong focus on safety and the environment, will ensure the highest quality result for our clients.”

Matt said Volvo and CJD followed company values that aligned with Pacific Hire’s priorities.

“It's very important that we maintain the strong relationship we have. Not only from the sale point of view, but also from service: when machines break down, generally it could potentially be at 24-hour occupations or high infrastructure projects that need attention rather quickly,” he said.

“So we make sure that we're there when they need us, not only at the sale point but also with parts and service when required.”

This service is well-regarded by Pacific Hire, with Christian saying that without this, “the brand is nothing”.

“There is no doubt that Volvo excels at the

product backing and service side of things,” he said.

“CJD has always been on time with helping us and never let us down, and they’ve been super helpful to the customers as well.

“CJD knows the product backwards. They know everything they need to know about the products and then some.

“There is also a wide range of equipment from Volvo, so couple this with the service packages and product knowledge from CJD that is clearly above the rest, and brand acceptance from customers, all boxes are ticked.”

Matt said Pacific Hire currently had “pretty much” the full suite of Volvo products available.

“It started with Raimond purchasing one loader and has eventuated into various dump trucks and excavators in their fleet,” he said.

"A favorite piece of equipment of mine is definitely the big hauler. You just can't beat driving past a major infrastructure project and seeing the Volvo dump truck zipping around site.”

Indeed, when the magazine visited Pacific Hire, the range of Volvo products out for hire at the yard included:

• 2 x A30G articulated haulers

• 1 x A40G articulated hauler

• 2 x ECR145EL 14t zero swing excavators

1 x EC250DL 25t conventional excavator

• 1 x ECR235EL 26t zero swing excavators

• 2 x ECR355E 36t zero swing excavators

• 3 x ECR18E mini excavators on trailers

• 1 x L90H wheel loader

3 x L120H wheel loaders

All the excavators deliver impressive bucket force, arm force, breakout force, and lift capacity, to power through tough digging conditions. Strong and durable, comfy and ergonomic, high performance mini excavators, their peak power and torque at low engine speeds make for efficient cycles, and there’s a wealth of innovative design features to get the most from every drop of fuel.

"Safety is paramount at Pacific Hire and Volvo excavators meet the highest safety standards, ensuring compliance with all industry regulations,” Christian said.

“And we've got the latest range of Volvo high performance wheel loaders coming in as well, including the latest H-Series models. So we're excited to see where that goes.”

Strong and durable, comfy and ergonomic, high performance Volvo mini excavators.

Down to earth

It’s common knowledge that excavators are a multi-purpose tool in various earthmoving industries. Not so recognised is the role excavators play in cemetery earthworks.

Over time, burial sites can deteriorate due to natural factors like erosion, subsidence, or vandalism. In such cases, excavators may be called upon to restore or repair the sites, including reinforcing burial vaults, repairing headstones, or repositioning markers.

In addition to general maintenance, cities grow and populations increase, so existing cemeteries may need to expand or be integrated into urban development plans. Excavators are involved in preparing the ground for new burials, constructing pathways, drainage systems, and other infrastructure within the cemetery grounds.

Precise excavation is needed to ensure these tasks are carried out in a manner that respects the sanctity of the cemetery and complies with local regulations.

When Metropolitan Memorial Parks (MMP) in NSW needed to carry out excavation jobs on its iconic cemetery parklands, it wanted to use machines that offered high levels of accuracy and precision.

Burial excavations can be very specific with work along narrow pathways surrounded by precious granite monuments.

The Cat® 301.7 CR Mini Excavator at work at Frenchs Forest. Images: Prime Creative Media

Metropolitan Memorial Parks provides places of reflection and is committed to meeting the changing needs of diverse communities by supporting people to grieve, celebrate life, and remember their loved ones.

The parks offer sustainable and affordable burial options, crematoria, memorialisation, chapels and functions, through to history and recreational facilities.

MMP oversees more than 400 hectares of cemetery land across Sydney and Newcastle, comprising eight different cemeteries and sites.

MMP Executive Director Operations, Rob Smart, said excavation work at the various sites was done on a daily basis.

“The machinery is generally used for specialised burial excavations, landscaping and planting works and for other earthworks and green waste management,” he said.

For work needed at the Frenchs Forest cemetery, Rob said the Cat® 301.7 CR Mini Excavator was chosen because of its unique features.

“Frenchs Forest covers 22 hectares of land and is surrounded by native bushland. MMP undertakes about 260 burials and 70 ash interments on site each year,” Rob said.

“Burial excavations can be very specific with work along narrow pathways surrounded by precious granite monuments. The machines require a zero overhang off the pathways and yet still be able to excavate down to at least

Moving around the job site is made easier with the Cat Joystick travel option (also known as Stick Steer), which lets drivers easily switch from traditional travel controls to joystick controls with a push of a button. Rob Smart (left) and excavator operator Joe Cimino.

two metres in depth in varied soil conditions.

“The machine needs to be powerful yet stable in its operation.

“We use a number of different backhoes, loaders and excavator sizes across our different cemeteries, yet the model that we required at Frenchs Forest was the Cat 301.7 CR, due to its narrow operating width and minimal swing outside the width of the machine.

“This machine is used predominantly for excavating burials in tight locations. We find it has the power required to dig through often virgin ground yet maintains the accuracy for shaping a grave as required.”

Rob said that MMP had been using Cat machines supplied and serviced by WesTrac for many years across the other sites.

This included work at Rookwood General Cemetery with backhoes, a new front end loader for the company’s site soil recycling facility, along with a number of excavators ranging from the 1.7 tonne to the 3.5t machines.

“The Frenchs Forest team first trialled the Cat excavators at the National Diesel, Dirt and Turf

Expo last year, and were suitably impressed,” Rob said.

WesTrac BCP New Machine Sales Representative for Sydney Metro and Eastern Sydney, Luke Hession, said cemetery excavation work was “not your everyday job” and required highly skilled operators and compact machines to manoeuvre in between narrow monuments and dig straight vertical walled graves.

Luke said WesTrac supplied two Cat 301.7 excavators as well as one 304 model.

“Cat mini excavators are well-known for their power and performance. They can produce a lot of power, despite their compact size, which enables them to be used in a wide range of applications,” Luke said.

“Their strong lift and dig performance helps get the job done faster, boosted by a compact radius design and retractable undercarriage, that makes tight access work easy. Dig-toblade and dozer float features also allow for easy clean-up.

“The operators using these machines love

the ease and comfort, with adjustable wrist rests and a suspension seat option along with easy-to-use controls and an intuitive Next Generation LCD monitor providing valuable machine information.

“Moving around the job site is made easier with the Cat Joystick travel option also known as Stick Steer, which lets drivers easily switch from traditional travel controls with levers and pedals, to joystick controls with a push of a button.”

Luke said because the machine was a compact radius excavator with expandable undercarriage tracks, the Cat 301.7 excavator was the perfect machine for Frenchs Forest.

“The 304 excavator is also useful because of the narrow 1700mm tracks on the machine, and having the lift capacity to remove excavation shelves,” he said.

“Each machine was equipped with specially designed cemetery excavation buckets with the rear pins dropped, allowing the operator to dig straight vertical walls and a square cut at the bottom of the hole.”

The strong lift and dig performance of the excavator helps get the job done faster, boosted by a compact radius design and retractable undercarriage.

Cat 301.7 excavators are used for tight access gravesites where the pathways can be as narrow as 1200mm while digging at a 90 degree angle.

The Cat 304 excavator is employed in places where there is more room to not only carry out the digs at a 90 degree angle but to lift out the heavy deep excavation shelves.

WesTrac Sales and Product Specialist Adam Bunning reiterated the usefulness of the machines with their unique features.

“MMP's machines do a fair bit of tracking around the sites, so the joystick travel option and cruise control come in handy for the longdistance travel between the equipment storage location and the burial sites,” he said.

“The proportional boom swing and auxiliary controls make it really easy for operators to control the input to ensure the machine doesn’t jump and potentially strike another object.

“The machines can work at low engine RPM, making the operating noise quiet for less disturbance and noise for the people around the cemetery.”

Adam said the machines would be used not just to dig burial plots, but also to lift cages in and out of them, as well as load trucks with soil and landscaping materials.

“These Cat excavators are powerful and quite versatile, which makes them perfect for everyday use around the memorial parks,” he said.

Luke said after the initial contact between the two parties at the Diesel, Dirt and Turf Expo, WesTrac followed up with several site visits and provided MMP with a Cat 305 excavator demonstration.

With so much work going on every single day, MMP can’t afford any machine downtime. For this reason, MMP is also signed up to WesTrac’s FitFleet® Customer Value Agreement (CVA).

FitFleet is an ongoing support and preventative maintenance program suitable for an individual machine or entire fleet.

FitFleet encompasses equipment health inspections, servicing, condition monitoring provided by WesTrac’s expert technology team, access to an online portal and more.

WesTrac Sales and Product Specialist Adam Bunning. An aerial shot of the Cat excavator digging trenches at Frenchs Forest.
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Gorilla grunt

A Kobelco excavator has become the “perfect” piece of equipment to enable a major earthmoving business to carry out its portfolio of projects.

Gorilla Earth Works and Plant Hire (EPH) has established itself as one of South Australia’s leading earthmoving equipment companies, a reputation earned from its multi-skilled approach that allows its experienced team to work closely with clients across all stages of a project.

Specialising in commercial developments, government infrastructure works and residential developments, Gorilla EPH is a family-owned and operated business with more than 13 years industry experience.

Director Jason Flaherty, who began with the company in 2022, said the company was committed to delivering quality earthworks for South Australia’s best infrastructure projects of any size.

“Our team focuses on major roads and concrete/bitumen/subgrade preparations for the Tier 1 industry, down to the occasional residential following from industrial preps,” he said.

“We are recognised for our old-school work ethic which continues to fuel all operations.

"We are well known and respected for our ability to always find our clients the most valuable project solutions, combining our

Jason and his Kobelco SK100MSR excavator. Image: Prime Creative Media Inside the cab, there’s plenty of leg room and easy placement of all utilities. Image: Prime Creative Media

extensive knowledge and experience in the way we operate.”

And indeed, when it comes to experience, Jason is just about an industry veteran. Starting in the civil industry when he was just 15 on one of Adelaide’s major infrastructure projects, he progressed through various government projects into mining and then back to civil constructions in early 2017.

And throughout his extensive career, when it comes to excavators, one brand has well and clearly stood out: Kobelco.

“I had used Kobelco excavators when working with another company and was always impressed with their performance,” Jason said.

“It was a no-brainer to use them in Gorilla, where the equipment consists of a truck, trailer, and a Kobelco SK100MSR excavator, alongside a posi-track.”

In terms of performance and operator comfort, Jason is a big fan, endorsing Kobelco’s current range as second to none for value of purchase.

“It goes all the way from the breakout force and fuel consumption, the smoothness of the hydraulics, to the creature comforts they provide for their future clients. The brand keeps innovating and understands operator requirements, taking them into consideration in their designs,” he said.

“Our favourite feature is the space of the cab in our SK100MSR excavator; there’s plenty of leg room and with the easy placement of the utilities inside of the cab, they have really taken all aspects of a perfect 10-tonne digger to the next level.

“The design provides our operators with a unique “eagle-eye” view, allowing full 270 degree machine perimeter visibility at all times.”

Other aspects of the model are also noteworthy.

“We chose the SK100MSR for our operation

due to the size and productivity and nimbleness of its class,” Jason said.

“While it’s a standard width excavator, it also has the advantage of being able to access tighter spaces to transfer material in bulk with ease, like its fellow mid-range excavators.

The SK100MSR can access tight spaces to transfer material in bulk with ease. Image: Prime Creative Media The powerhouse equipment behind Gorilla EPH’s jobs. Image: Prime Creative Media

“For the scope of works we do, this machine is perfect.

“Kobelco have adapted to the current market so well that it would be a hard brand to steer away from when we consider the next purchase for our growing fleet.”

But while equipment performance is an important asset, it’s just as vital to have reliable and regular backup service and support in place.

In this regard, Gorilla has nothing but praise for the local Kobelco dealer it sourced the Kobelco excavator from, Adelaide-based North East Auto Group.

“The backup support has been phenomenal: from the unbelievable customer support to servicing, leading to our team always being a repeat customer,” Jason said.

“North East also service a lot of Tier 1 companies and our machine comes with a lot of Tier 1 specs, such as flashing beacons and approachable light warning systems.

“Maintaining that trusted relationship with

Part of the range of Kobelcos at North East Auto. Image: North East Auto Group

customers comes right down to our team and our fully equipped equipment.

“We need to have full trust in knowing the reliability of our Kobelco excavator to get our projects done efficiently, and with ease.

“It makes building that relationship so much easier knowing projects will be completed on time and with no downtime whatsoever.”

North East Auto Group

Born from an Isuzu Truck dealership, the Group has grown from strength to strength since 2013, winning multiple awards, further building on its brand and becoming the largest seller of new and used trucks in South Australia.

Through its evolution, and desire to offer a turnkey solution to the industry, various other business units were created in order to better service customers, in the form of the Engineering and Manufacturing, Parts and Service, and Agricultural and Construction divisions.

With updated state-of-the-art facilities sprawling across 24 acres at Burton, locations at Port Augusta, Hampstead Gardens and Lonsdale, the Group aims to live up to its claim as being the “One Stop Auto Shop”.

Part of the North East range of equipment are the Kobelco excavators.

As North East Group sales executive Tony Romeo explains, Kobelco has been an innovator in excavation since 1930, using market leading Japanese design and technology to deliver unbeatable value.

“They offer legendary reliability, superior productivity, best-in-class fuel efficiency, low noise and dust reduction systems, and high performance and durability,” he said.

“Some of the bestselling excavators in the Kobelco range include the SK17SR-6, SK55SRX-7, SK100MSR-7, SK135SR-7, SK380XD and the SK500XD.

“The demand for these machine ranges from plumbers, fencing contractors, electricians, concreters, landscapers, property developers and civil infrastructure.

“There’s a reason why Kobelco was the number one selling brand of heavy excavator in Australia in 2023.”

Tony said the relationship with Jason began long before he formed Gorilla, when he was with the previous company.

“We’ve dealt with him quite a lot over the years and he was always a great asset to his team. Through this connection, we were able to help him purchase his first Kobelco,” he said.

“I believe with the machine’s features and durability and our aftersales support, he will be purchasing all his excavators through North East Auto in the future.”

Jason (left) and Tony at North East Auto with the Gorilla EPH excavator. Image: North East Auto Group The SK100MSR-7 has a unique “eagle-eye” view, allowing full 270-degree machine perimeter visibility at all times. Image: Prime Creative Media

Filling the market gaps


Northern New South Wales civil industry specialist Mitch Brewer saw a gap in the market in the region for mid-size contractors, and just over three years later he is well on the way to filling it.

His AMB Earthworks business, now based out of Tamworth and Gunnedah in the New England area, started with one machine, including for dry hire before progressing to wet hire.

The business now employs 15 staff and has accumulated 34 assets, including truck and dog trailers, excavators, graders, wheeled loaders, dozers and crushers.

Mitch, whose civil career commenced in the residential sector around Tamworth, said 80-90 per cent of the work by the business was for civil contracts.

“We’re involved with a lot of large local builds, pipe laying and State and local government roads, where we also hire out trucks to local councils, and we do a lot of screening and some subdivisions,” Mitch said.

It also has carried out flood clean-up work and clearing for bushfire mitigation throughout the region.

“We’ve been able to grow steadily and sustainably.”

Alongside the civil equipment line-up and work, a key drawcard of the business has been the availability of a full concreting team to support projects, providing a complete, turn-

LiuGong excavator has impressed a NSW earthworks company so much it bought two more other machines; and more purchases look likely in the future. The LiuGong 925E excavator brings together the best of technology, safety features and impressive power to deliver a fuel-efficient and effective machine to tackle the toughest of jobs. Images: AMB Earthworks The LiuGong 925E excavator is AMB's strongest digging machine, digging harder than other equivalent machines.

key solution to customers and helping them avoid the need to chase contractors.

AMB Earthworks has maintained a strong relationship with Pacific Machinery Group for its equipment requirements, underpinned by the excellent service constantly provided by the group, and several LiuGong machines have joined its fleet in recent times.

“We won a local contract and needed a digger, and Liam (King) from PMG raised having a look at a LiuGong, which, for the cost and with its warranty period, was pretty hard to beat, so we were very interested,” Mitch said.

The 25-tonne 925E excavator is powered by a 180-horsepower, Tier 3/Stage IIIA Cummins engine and can dig to near seven metres with a 1.4m3 bucket.

“It’s easily our strongest digging machine. It digs harder than our equivalent machines,” Mitch said.

“We have an oversized mud bucket and for loading trucks and bulking out quickly, it can do the work of a 30t machine.

“It’s heavier in the rear, so it can handle it, and it’s an animal, with a huge amount of grunt for bulk earthworks and moving a lot of material. Against another machine, it will dig it out faster.”

Mitch said the LiuGong 925E also had the same components as other machines and had proved more reliable.

“When we got the excavator, we really had a look over it closely and were impressed with the build quality and all the hose protection. Everything was spot-on.”

“We’ve got other posi-track equipment and the hoses are worn out, whereas the LiuGong machines are much better.”

Mitch said a couple of machine operators in the business were a little nervous to sit in the excavator at first, but they now preferred it and enjoyed the cab environment in the nice, cool air-conditioning.

“Our Operations Manager loves it,” he said.

Following the fantastic experience with the LiuGong excavator, AMB Earthworks later added a 6615E roller and 856H wheeled loader from LiuGong.

Tier 3/Stage III Cummins engines also are at the heart of the roller and wheeled loader machines. The 15t roller has a working width of 2.1m, while the near 18t loader comes with a 3.5m3 bucket.

“The loader is absolutely brilliant. I’ve driven a few in my time and it’s a powerhouse. They

have nailed it and I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s not overflowing with technology, but it’s enough and it all works well,” Mitch said.

He said LiuGong machines were starting to become more commonplace in the industry and they were attracting good operational feedback.

“We have had other reputable brands that we have had more issues with. For the work the LiuGong machines are doing and being rated the same, they more than stack-up as an investment.,” he said.

“The price difference compared with other machines can be significant, particularly with the loader – you can be around $200,000 better off.”

More about the machines

• LiuGong 925E excavator

The 925E excavator brings together the best of technology, safety features and sheer grunt power to deliver a fuel efficient and effective machine to tackle the toughest of jobs.

The design of the Cummins engine enhances torque output, which provides more power and breakout force at lower engine speeds.

The hydraulic request signals detect activity and decrease and increase the engine’s speed as required. Power is supplied only when needed, maximising the fuel efficiency of the 925E.

Like other machines in LiuGong’s E series, the machine switches quickly and easily between a wide range of attachments to suit the job site or task.

The 925E comes with options for auxiliary hydraulic piping, which includes bi-directional variable high-flow line, an additional line for rotating attachments, and a single acting line.

Like other machines in LiuGong’s E series, the excavator switches quickly and easily between a wide range of attachments to suit the job site or task. The LiuGong 925E provides a "huge amount of grunt" for bulk earthworks and helps AMB move a lot of material.

The E series cab features high-strength RollOver Protective Structures (ROPS) to ensure operator protection. This meets the ISO 121172:2008 safety standard. Optional Falling Object Protection System (FOPS) is also available.

• LiuGong 6615E roller

This machine delivers the power needed for strong compaction in tough working conditions.

Featuring the powerful Cummins QSB4.5 Tier 3 engine, it delivers the power needed but with low fuel consumption and low noise.

The vibratory drum uses advanced technology. It has a built-in fan to reduce the work temperature of the vibration chamber.

The lubricating oil and sealing parts are long-lasting, and the eccentric shaft is durable, ensuring the vibration system is highly reliable.

The electric proportional hydraulic system and anti-slip system were adopted to ensure the whole machine has superior driving capacity and can easily deal with the toughest working conditions.

Because the vibration chamber is independent, it’s easy to repair and replace without tricky maintenance requirements or expense.

The wide-opening engine hood is convenient for daily maintenance, while the clever design means all service points are easy to reach.

• LiuGong 856H wheel loader

Designed for tough, demanding applications, this medium loader consistently delivers higher breakout force at lower engine speeds.

Enjoy maximum torque output and minimal fuel consumption, thanks to LiuGong’s intelligent powertrain technology matched with the latest Cummins engine.

Users can increase productivity with LiuGong’s quick coupler and comprehensive

range of attachments. Experience the ultimate in versatility with attachments such as multiple buckets, pallet fork, handing arm, grapple and snow blade, allowing for more to be done in less time.

Daily checks and maintenance are easy with a wide opening hood engine that provides fast and easy access to the machine’s logically positioned service points. Reduce costly downtime and increase productivity with easy access for maintenance.

The LiuGong 6615E roller delivers the power needed for strong compaction in tough working conditions. Mitch Brewer and wife Aami-Lee with the powerhouse LiuGong 856H wheeled loader.
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The next generation of excavators

A Sydney-based family earthmoving business that started about 18 years ago has quickly evolved into a leading provider of site preparation and early works services, thanks largely to the performance of its fleet of Cat® Next Gen excavators.

On the back of a personable approach and solid family ethics, Earthworx started small in 2006 and transitioned from family jobs to corporate projects.

The business now caters for large commercial and infrastructure early works projects and its state-of-the-art, clean, scratch-free equipment symbolise an attention to detail that really resonates with clients.

Earthworx handles site clearing, demolition, remediation, bulk and detail excavations, haulage, piling and shoring projects, and currently boasts more than 100 earthmoving machines and a fleet of about 65 trucks operating out of its bases in Macquarie Park and Yatala.

Managing Director Anthony Maroun told Earthmoving Equipment Magazine that the company grew after identifying a need in the market for a niche earthmoving contractor.

“My family were working in property development and construction and we noticed that demand was growing and people were

after a company that was reliable, affordable and experienced,” he said.

“The history dates back to when my father was involved in the construction industry. We always felt that excavation formed an exciting milestone in a project, being in the ground and establishing the foundations.

“It's not the cleanest part but I believe it's the most rewarding phase of the project. It enables projects to start from nothing where the foundations are going to establish to grow the building or structure.”

Anthony said one of the reasons for their success and growth has been the reliability of good partnerships and quality equipment like Cat® machines.

“The first machine we ever owned was a Cat brand and it performed so well we've just kept buying yellow gear,” he said.

“Today, our fleet is made up of about 100 pieces of plant equipment, with predominantly the majority of them being Cat equipment.”

“The Cat machines are ideal and the range is

extensive; not only excavators, but dump trucks, dozers, skid steers, and more."

Anthony said his favourite were the Cat Next Gen excavators, which feature standard technology in the cab that offers better safety outcomes, reduces fuel consumption, results in up to 45 per cent increase in efficiency, lowers maintenance costs and improves operator comfort.

In 2021 alone, Earthworx took delivery of 12 new Cat excavators, and another 9 in 2022, comprising an order of 21 units across four sizes. This makes them one of the largest owners of Cat Next Gen excavator fleets in Australia.

Safety first

The built-in Cat Technology features a suite of products to aid operators in their grading operations, including standard Cat Grade with 2D that provides guidance for depth, slope, and horizontal distance to grade through the standard touchscreen monitor.

Earthworx is a specialist in bulk excavation works. Images: Prime Creative Media

Cat VisionLink™ hardware and software allow for remote monitoring and provide customers with machine-critical operating information, ensuring maximum operator safety.

Indeed, the safety features on all Cat machines, not just the Next Gens, are among the machines’ most impressive assets.

For example, the hydraulic safety interlock system on the excavators is designed to prevent accidental machine operation. This means equipment won’t start unless the interlock lever is in the “up” position. Then, once the engine is running, nothing will operate on the excavator until the lever is put back down.

Caterpillar uses three-inch fluorescent seat belts so that supervisors and safety officers can more easily see that operators are wearing them.

Cat excavators also come equipped with a seatbelt monitor switch that triggers a display to the in-cab monitor to remind operators when their seatbelts are not engaged.

Meanwhile, the Next Gen excavators have a swing control protection feature called E-fence, which can be set to prevent the boom from swinging out of the protected range, so the machine does not contact people, walls, power lines, etc. E-fence gives total zone protection, covering the circumference of the machine, below grade, above grade and at the front of it. Travel alarms and backup alarms also let others know when a machine is in motion. There’s even a setting for lights to stay illuminated for up to 90 seconds, in case

Worksites are now strengthening safety requirements and the restrictions are tougher, which is why it's critical to have Cat technology in use to protect staff.

Anthony Maroun says the Cat brand is deservingly regarded as the Rolls Royce of excavators.

workers need to walk through a dimly-lit site filled with potential pitfalls and debris.

“That’s the biggest thing: the technology is very advanced,” Anthony said.

“More importantly, the safety aspect of the machine is next level. For us, the biggest concern in running a very large operation with machinery and road trucks is the chain of responsibility in regards to loads and capacity of load on a truck.

“With these inbuilt scales, it enables us to be very productive but very safe.

“Worksites are now strengthening safety requirements and the restrictions are tougher, which is why it’s critical to have the latest equipment and tech in use to protect staff.

“We believe the Next Gen series is the best all round excavator for bulk excavation, especially in some of the tighter sites. It's very nimble, but it's also got great capacity and safety.

“And the dump trucks are clearly the best on the market, in regards to safety and comfort.”

Anthony said importantly, feedback from operators has also been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s been ideal. The operators like to operate good and safe equipment, so the feedback with these Next Gen excavators is that they're the best machines on the market and they're definitely the Rolls Royce of the industry,” he said.

This year WesTrac is celebrating their 20th anniversary in NSW and Earthworx has been a long-term customer from day one.

“WesTrac has proven to be an end-to-end solution,” Anthony said.

“They provide unbeatable aftermarket service

in a wide range of areas, from supplying parts to field servicing, which is most important to keep these machines going.

“With their enormous branch network, experienced team, and in-house servicing capabilities, they’re able to assist me in all facets of equipment management.

“From sales service to their servicing and maintenance, I do believe the combination of WesTrac and Caterpillar is unbeatable when it comes to the excavation market.”

FitFleet® for purpose

And indeed, much of the attention to detail has been supplied as a result of Earthworx signing on to WesTrac’s FitFleet Premium Customer Value Agreement, which provides peace of mind with all maintenance servicing being taken care of by trained WesTrac technicians.

“This means we can remain focused on delivering quality work knowing that all machine maintenance is in the best hands,” Anthony said.

Earthworx is a specialist in bulk excavation works. Thumbs up for Caterpillar: Anthony Maroun (left), David Carrier, and Kimberley Petkovic.

FitFleet Premium benefits include:

• Access to machine health data

• Advice and instructions through asset condition monitoring reports to assist clients with the machine and operations

• Field service technicians will bring the genuine Cat parts needed when they complete preventative maintenance events

• WesTrac will handle all preventative maintenance events with a Cat certified maintenance plan and recorded service history

• K nown fixed costs on preventative maintenance events and genuine Cat parts for the term of the contract, offering smoother cash flow and peace of mind.

• A p roactively maintained machine that leads to a longer life and increased productivity.

Key to WesTrac's Sydney operation is Product Support Representative Kimberley Petkovic, whose personal approach as a dedicated sales representative is valued by clients.

“Kimberley's been perfect. We deal with her on a week-to-week basis,” Anthony said.

“She always calls in to make sure our machines are working and she works hard to ensure the servicing is always completed on time. She's reliable and ultimately that's been the best thing about being a WesTrac customer."

“It’s enabled our machinery to always stay very well-maintained and I think for us that's the key to the success of our business: making

For Earthworx, the Cat Next Gen series is the best all round excavator for bulk excavation. Earthworx has been a long-term customer of WesTrac from the beginning.

sure that we have limited downtime. Kimberley is fantastic, she knows our equipment as well as we do.”

For her part, Kimberley said FitFleet Premium was a smart choice for businesses like Earthworx, with pay-by-the-hour costs aligned with utilisation and known costs, ensuring accurate budgeting for jobs, as well as providing predictable costs for maintenance and repairs.

“The regular maintenance and inspections can extend the lifespan of machinery and reduce downtime.

“Our technicians are trained on maintaining Cat equipment.

"This ensures that the Earthworx fleet is handled by technicians who know the machinery well, as well as giving them peace of mind, knowing that we have their equipment covered, allowing them to focus on their core operations.”

Kimberley said FitFleet provides datadriven insights and support needed to keep

equipment running at optimum levels.

“It takes all the stress and hassles away from managing parts, maintenance, and repairs. With Premium, WesTrac take care of everything and the client can focus on other areas of the business – while knowing and trusting WesTrac will keep their equipment running.

“The FitFleet Portal is also a great tool/ platform that provides businesses with easy access to key information about equipment, service schedules, work orders, invoicing, finance and more.

"The entire team can use the portal, from any device. It’s so intuitive and easy-to-use as well.”

WesTrac sales representative David Carrier had been working with Earthworx from a very early stage to help the company secure Cat equipment.

“Earthworx has been impressed with Cat gear since buying their first one all those years ago. They're happy with the reliability of the machinery and the technology on the newer Next Gen models, especially the payload

system and features like E-Fence Assist 2D," he said.

“It was an easy choice for them to make, to go with the Next Gens.

"The quality of the gear wasn't the only deciding factor though, it goes deeper than that.

"After sales service is a critical factor in their decision-making process.

"For Earthworx, it was important that they go with a dealer who really looks after their customers. They want a team who genuinely cares and shows up.

"So that's what we do - we show up and do whatever we can to help them. That's our differentiator."

The point of difference is certainly not lost on Earthworx.

With the in-built cutting-edge technology of the Cat Next Gen excavators, the company is in no doubt that the machines are the best on the market, placing them far ahead ahead of competitors.

The majority of the Earthworx fleet is made up of Cat equipment.

Grease is the word

Alemlube has released its SB-5 electric grease pump cartridge system, designed as a compact, cost-effective, and a time-saving lube solution.

The electric grease pump cartridge system is designed for simplicity, efficiency, and reliability.

Tailored for small, compact machines and systems with up to 30/35 lubrication points, the Alemlube SB-5 stands out as the go-to-choice for seamless lubrication.

One of the standout features of the SB-5 is its impressive temperature range, operating smoothly from -40°C to +70°C, making it adaptable to various environments.

When temperatures drop below -20°C, the pump accommodates dedicated lowtemperature greases, ensuring optimal performance in diverse conditions.

The SB-5 boasts a high delivery pressure of 290 bar, offering robust lubrication capabilities. Its stellar protective features further elevate its standing in the market.

With an IP6K9K rating, the SB-5 is "dust-tight" (6K) and highly resistant to high-pressure water (9K), ensuring unparalleled durability and reliability in challenging industrial settings.

Flexibility is a hallmark of the Alemlube SB-5, accommodating two different voltages (12/24V) and offering versatility with three distinct grease cartridges.

This electric grease lubrication pump is not only powerful but also compact,

fitting seamlessly into various setups without compromising on performance.

Refilling grease is a breeze with the Alemlube SB-5, eliminating the need for a grease gun.

Its clean refill process enhances maintenance efficiency, saving both time and effort. Additionally, the pump is compatible with various cartridge types, providing users with options to suit their specific needs.

Delving into the technical specifications, the Alemlube SB-5 boasts a 1/8" BSP line output connection and a maximum operating pressure of 220 bar.

The safety valve is set at 200 bar, ensuring a safety net for the system. The constant output of 1 cm/min, low-level indication, and compatibility with NLGI grades 000 to 2 grease standards further emphasise its precision in lubrication.

Built with quality materials such as PA6 GF30 housing and steel mechanical parts, the Alemlube SB-5 prioritises durability. The PETG cartridge protection adds an extra layer of security, safeguarding the pump's crucial components.

The DC motor, operating at 12V or 24V and 22 rpm, ensures smooth functionality with a low noise level of less than 70dB (A). The IP6K9K protection class and the option to function with or without an electronic card highlight the pump's adaptability to different operational setups.

The Alemlube SB-5 comes complete with an electronic board, power supply and an M12x1 connector for a progressive sensor.

The 1/8" BSP outlet features an adjustable maximum pressure valve, with a factory setting of 250 bar.

For added convenience, models 45.12-24DC.CT and 45.12-24DC.PG.CT come equipped with a pressure gauge (0-400bar).

Alemlube Sales and Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Mark Williamson, said the SB-5 cartridge tank offered a reliable and efficient solution for lubrication needs in small machines and systems.

“Its adaptability, robust features, and user-friendly design make it an excellent choice for businesses seeking dependable lubrication processes,” he said.

“Upgrade to the Alemlube SB-5 for enhanced performance and peace of mind in your industrial operations.”

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All-new machine technology

With a new company name and brand to encapsulate its current and future offering to customers, Aptella (formerly Position Partners) has also launched new technology in 2024.

Founded in 2008 from five state-based businesses to form a unified, national company, Position Partners has expanded into new markets and territories.

Today, now named Aptella, it supports customers across various heavy industries including civil construction, building, mining and geospatial, with a footprint that spans six countries and employs more than 350 people.

Aptella Marketing Executive Manager Gina Velde said the company listened to feedback from its people and customers, who said the time was right for a new brand and identity that truly reflected the business and future offering its customers.

“Aptella is a unique word that references our capability to support and enable positioning and automation technology to meet customers’ project and business needs,” she said.

One of the many innovative products Aptella handles is the Topcon brand.

As Topcon’s exclusive Australian distributor, the company has recently introduced a suite of new machine control solutions designed for all manner of earthmoving applications.

For civil works, Topcon MC-Max is the new generation of positioning technology for dozers, graders and excavators to enable fast, automated grading in the most challenging environments.

Aptella Civil Business Executive Manager Josh Allan said MC-Max features all-new control units, updated software and flexible components that can be swapped and configured to suit the application.

“Customers have always loved Topcon’s

ability to switch positioning technology to suit the job at hand, giving greater flexibility with the one setup,” he said.

“MC-Max is no different, enabling users to choose GPS, prism-based total station positioning, or the unique Millimetre GPS system that uses a combination of high accuracy laser levelling and GPS.

Topcon Positioning Group executive vice president Brian Juroff said with MC-Max, a solution has been created that is flexible and can continue to grow as a contractor’s needs and capabilities expand.

“This new solution provides improved scalability and precision in the field and offers business owners real-time data integration, connectivity and resource management capabilities across their entire workflow,” he said.

Also new is Topcon MC-Mobile, an innovative three-in-one solution that works on excavators and compact track loaders. The system enables customers to design, set-out and build projects all in one.

It includes the Topcon LN-150 construction total station, machine sensors and a versatile android tablet that can be used both in the machine cab and on a rover pole to set out and check as-builts. It can also be used with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology.

“MC-Mobile has been designed with smaller businesses and owner operators in mind,” Josh said.

“With one solution, customers can easily design and set out a job, then check their progress throughout to make sure it’s done

right the first time and there is no rework or delays.”

Topcon has made further advances in its material management portfolio, having launched a new haul truck app that digitises how contractors and quarry operators can track material movement without paper-based, manual methods.

The new Haul Truck app provides productivity statistics for each haul, including the counts, average distances and the time it takes to complete the process. It can also automatically detect when a truck enters or leaves defined pick-up and unloading zones, to ensure accurate information.

It is simple to use — drivers come onto the site, quickly enter basic info and get to work. With 3D map imagery, operators can view where the load is being picked up and the path it takes to unload and return, and it automatically records for reporting purposes.

When used with Topcon’s excavator and loader scales, the workflow provides full connectivity and automation between heavy machines and road trucks, with a customdeveloped reporting platform designed by Aptella, launching in 2024.

“Material management is such a critical aspect of any project, but to date it has been under-resourced from a technology perspective with manual paper-based systems,” Josh said.

“Topcon’s loader and excavator scales, coupled with the haul app for trucks, and enhanced with the Aptella reporting platform, give managers complete visibility on material movement in near real-time.”

Topcon MC-Max is the new generation of positioning technology for dozers, graders and excavators. Image: Aptella
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Power and passion

Founded in the USA in 1972, Astec is a leading manufacturer of equipment including crushing and screening plants, bulk material handling systems, asphalt road building equipment, and asphalt and concrete production plants.

Over more than five decades, Astec has grown into a global enterprise by developing its own innovative technologies and by acquiring and building some of the world’s leading brands.

One of those brands, Telestack, is based in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The region is a major manufacturing centre with direct access to wellestablished logistics supply chains.

Since Astec acquired Telestack in 2014, the company has invested heavily in the expansion of its manufacturing facility there. And, according to Adam Gordon, Astec Business Line Manager –Material Solutions, that investment is paying off.

“Enhanced manufacturing efficiency has resulted in significantly increased production output, and delivery lead times have been dramatically reduced. Our full range of mobile crushing and screening equipment for the international marketplace is now produced in Omagh and supported by our USA manufacturing plants,” he said.

While Astec today is a global operation, the company’s regional offices are staffed by experienced teams with a detailed understanding of local conditions and regulations, and that knowledge is regularly fed back to Astec design engineers worldwide.

It means that Australian customers can be sure equipment manufactured at the Omagh facility is designed and built specifically for Australian conditions. Two new products now supplied to the company’s Australian market are the GT125 tracked jaw crusher and the GT165 tracked scalping/screening plant.

GT125 tracked jaw crusher

The 27x42 Vanguard jaw crusher weighs in at just 37 tonnes, making it ideal for road transportation. Material is fed via a 1.0m x 4.3m vibrating Grizzly feeder to the Pioneer 2742 jaw crusher.

According to Astec East Coast MS Sales Manager Jason Egan, impressive fuel economy of less than 15 litres per hour in hard rock applications is being achieved by a combination of a hydraulic drive powered by an economical CAT C7 engine, and hydraulically balanced flywheels.

“An ultrasonic automated feed control system ensures the volume of material being fed to the jaw crusher is controlled with automatic load sensing. This minimises and eliminates jams, reduces surges and maximises production,” he said.

“Other features such as a push-button gap (CSS) adjustment and a radio remote with a trailing lead add to operational efficiency and ease of use.

“The GT125 jaw crusher delivers up to 400 tonnes per hour of processing performance. It has jaw crusher reversing capabilities for clearances, along with full hydraulic C.S.S. adjustment. The crusher makes short work of difficult material, while ensuring continuous production.

“When you add the optional magnetic separator to the plant, metal rebar, steel mesh and other unwanted metal objects in the mix are automatically sorted and ejected to the side. A 900mm fixed height undercrusher conveyor has full skirting along its length.”

The GT125 is powered by a Cat C71 166kw Tier 4 Final diesel engine controlled by a radio remote or tether system. There are separate hydraulic circuits for the magnetic separator, side delivery conveyor, along with an additional auxiliary circuit. A fully welded and stress relieved base frame gives the machine robust rigidity for long life.

GT165 tracked scalping/screening plant

According to Jason, Astec’s GT165 tracked scalping and screening plant is impressively engineered and, like the GT125 tracked jaw crusher, easy to transport.

“This 34-tonne track mounted scalping and screening plant features a single shaft aggressive screen box 16’ x 5’ in size, and a rugged Hardox feed hopper and wear plates,” he said.

“The 1520mm by 4880mm vibrating screen efficiently processes rock, soil, fill, construction, and demolition waste. The plant is able to deliver three finished products, or two products when required by combining both retained products.”

The GT165 operates with an adjustable amplitude and hydraulic controls for variable angle operation. An access ladder with wraparound walkway provides enhanced safety. The plant’s hopper/belt feeder features a heaped capacity of eight cubic metres, and an impact bed with a heavy-duty vulcanised, dual drive belt feeder. The feeder can be hydraulically folded for transport.

The GT165’s overs conveyor features a hydraulic variable speed drive and hydraulic discharge height adjustment. The overs conveyor also folds for transport.

The under-screen conveyor is similarly designed with hydraulic variable speed, adjustable backboard and a primary belt cleaner.

The GT165 scalping and screening plant is powered by a Cat 4.4 engine, and the whole system is operated by engine-mounted hydraulic pumps and controlled by a NEMA-4 rated instrument panel including emergency functionality.

A number of options are available to increase the productivity and efficiency of the GT165 tracked scalping and screening plant.

For further information on Astec and its range of crushing and screening equipment, call 1300 278 322 or visit

The GT125 tracked jaw crusher. The GT165 tracked scalping/ screening plant. Images: Astec


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On the cutting edge

Groundbreaking by nature, and groundbreaking by innovation: ASV Sales & Service’s two new models enhance the company’s reputation as a compact track loader specialist.

For more than a decade, ASV Posi-Track loaders have set the standard in the construction industry, renowned for their comfort, versatility, and top-tier performance.

Expanding upon this legacy, ASV Sales & Service introduces two groundbreaking models: the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry.

The VT-100 compact track loader boasts a vertical lift design, ideal for various loading and grading tasks in landscaping and construction. Meanwhile, the VT-100 Forestry model is engineered with extra durability to tackle demanding applications like mulching and site preparation.

Both models prioritise enhanced comfort, visibility, and performance, solidifying their status as leaders in the compact track loader category.

ASV's product manager, Buck Storlie, said the additions were significant.

“The two new loaders are the perfect option for those looking for a little more power than the RT-75 without having to go to the heavy hitter of all CTLs — the RT-135,” he said.

“The lifting capabilities, pushing power and hydraulic flow of the new VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry is sure to impress.”

The models offer premium 360-degree visibility, a state-of-the-art colour display, and fully adjustable suspended seats. Image: ASV


Equipped with a robust 103.5 horsepower Tier

4 Final Yanmar diesel engine and 150 litres-perminute high-flow hydraulics, both the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry deliver unmatched power. Their advanced hydraulic systems ensure optimal flow and pressure distribution, translating to superior performance on the job. With impressive rated operating capacities and tipping loads, these loaders excel in handling demanding tasks with ease.

Both models feature ASV's renowned Posi-Track undercarriage and suspension, renowned for its smooth ride and exceptional manoeuvrability across various terrains.


The new Posi-Track loaders boast optional efficiency-enhancing features that streamline operations and boost productivity. From loadsensing systems to attachment positioning and return-to-position technology, operators can work more efficiently with reduced fuel consumption and enhanced precision.

Additionally, self-levelling and ride-control features minimise material spillage and ensure stability, while auto 2-speed functionality facilitates seamless transitions between low and high-speed modes.

Comfort and operator experience

Prioritising operator comfort and convenience, the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry models offer premium 360-degree visibility, a state-of-theart 7-inch colour display, and fully adjustable suspended seats.

Safety features include a removable roof hatch and forestry-rated guarding, underscoring ASV's commitment to operator well-being.


Backed by an industry-leading warranty and a nationwide service network, ASV Posi-Track loaders guarantee reliability and minimal downtime.

With user-friendly service features and optional telematics systems, maintenance and monitoring are simplified, ensuring peak performance throughout the machine's lifespan.

Both models also come with an optional SMARTASSIST telematics system. SMARTASSIST offers a variety of functions, including error detection and alerts, realtime updates on operational status, and daily work reports.

National dealer and support network

ASV's nationwide network of premium dealers ensures unparalleled product and customer support, providing ASV machine owners with peace of mind and unmatched service. Experience the future of compact track loaders with ASV's VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry models, setting new standards in performance, comfort, and reliability.

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Powerhouse performance

The JCB JS130 offers a compelling option for owner-operators seeking a versatile workhorse.

For the construction professional, the choice of machinery is a critical one.

It's not just about power and performance; it's about finding the perfect balance between capability, cost, and reliability.

In this realm, the JCB JS130 stands tall. But is it the right machine for you? Check out the strengths and features of the JCB JS130.


The JS130 packs a punch with its 4.4L JCB EcoMAX engine, delivering 125hp and 500Nm of torque.

This translates to smooth digging, efficient loading, and the ability to handle demanding tasks. Whether tackling foundations, landscaping, or small-scale demolition, the JS130 has the muscle you need.

Strength and durability

With its reinforced boom and dipper, made of high tensile strength steel, single piece wrapper plates and internal baffle plates for long life durability, the JS130s excavator boasts the best components in the industry, including Berco running gear, Kawasaki pumps and Kayaba valve blocks.

While the high-strength undercarriage uses a fully welded X frame construction for longterm durability even in the most demanding applications.

A closed box-section revolving frame increases strength, reduces stress, and is highly resistant to impact damage. The 13 tonne excavator’s highstrength rigid upper frame provides maximum durability and support.

Compact versatility

One of the JS130's biggest advantages is its size. With a compact footprint, it easily navigates tight spaces and urban environments.

This agility makes it ideal for working on residential projects, backyards, and confined job sites. Additionally, its 3.8t weight allows for easy transport on a trailer, maximising your operational flexibility.

Operator comfort

JCB understands the importance of operator comfort, and the JS130 reflects this philosophy.

The spacious cab provides ample legroom and headroom, while the ergonomic controls and adjustable seat ensure fatigue-free operation, even during long shifts. The air conditioning and heating system further enhance comfort in all weather conditions.

Fuel efficiency

As an owner-operator, fuel costs are a major consideration. The JS130 boasts impressive fuel efficiency thanks to its EcoMAX engine and intelligent features like auto-idle and autoshutdown.

These features help reduce fuel consumption without compromising performance, keeping your operating costs in check.

Reliability and serviceability

JCB machines are renowned for their durability, and the JS130 is no exception. Built with robust components and rigorously tested, it's designed to withstand the rigours of everyday use.

Additionally, its simple design and easily accessible service points make maintenance quick and straightforward, minimising downtime and maximising operator productivity.


The JS130 excavator bonnet opens front-torear for easy and safe engine service access, and the cab can be specified with Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) and Falling Objects Protection Structure (FOPS).

JCB 13 tonne excavators have a large glass area and low bonnet line for superb visibility. JCB’s 2GO system fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended machine movements.

There’s no need to climb onto the JS130 excavator to check oil levels; all routine servicing can be done from ground level.

JCB’s Safety Level Lock fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended movements, and the JCB start function means a JCB 13 tonne excavator can only be started in a safe locked position via two separate inputs.

The JCB JS130 is a capable and versatile machine that can be a valuable asset for owner-operators. Its power, compact size, operator comfort, and fuel efficiency make it ideal for a wide range of projects.

Without compromising on power the JS130 packs some serious punch with its 125hp engine, tackling tough jobs with ease.

The JS130's spacious cab is your castle, with ergonomic controls and a plush seat that'll keep operators comfortable and focused, even during marathon shifts.

The JS130 offers brawn and brains. Intelligent features like auto-idle and auto-shutdown keep your fuel costs in check, while its simple design and easy serviceability minimise downtime. Offering more work and less hassle, it’s the owner-operator's dream.

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Orange agents

A fleet of orange Doosans and Develons stands out among the red and brown terrain at Lambron’s MidWest operations, where the machines have played a vital part in helping the company earn a reputation as a preferred civil construction and earthmoving contractor for mining, commercial construction, government, regional and private projects.

When Bill and Libby Biggs formed Lambron Contracting in the MidWest WA town of Dongara in 2003, little did they realise how big of an oak tree the acorn would grow into.

The first job involved excavating service trenches for subdivisions, with a fleet of just one 20t Daewoo excavator.

The work only lasted about six months before Bill landed a project on a minesite. Lambron was mobilised to Tallering Peak mine for Mount Gibson Iron, to complete rock breaking of oversize ore.

This was the beginnings of a snowball, with Lambron next buying a six-wheel tipper and a Bobcat to complete small civil scopes on-site, as well as taking on a second employee.

Lambron continued contracting to Mount Gibson for the next 14 years, with the fleet growing to six pieces of plant and five employees.

It was during this time that Lambron purchased its first Doosan excavator from Clark Equipment, the DX140LCR: a compact 14t excavator ideal for tight areas while still having exceptional breakout capacity.

The love affair with the machines grew quickly, with Lambron buying more Doosans: the DX225LC and DX255LC, with both machines mobilised to remote WA where they still work day in day out.

In 2017 Lambron moved its operations again, this time about 800km inland to Leonora, after it was awarded the bulk earthworks contract for the construction of a minesite accommodation village. The relocation resulted in further growth, with crew numbers rise from six up to 15.

The expansion continues today. Bill still oversees Lambron, with son Nathan managing the company, which currently boasts 85

employees and a vehicle and equipment fleet of almost 100 assets.

“Specialising in medium sized civil projects, Lambron has built a reputation as one of the preferred civil construction contractors in the Goldfields region of WA,” Nathan said.

“Recent projects have included construction projects for tailings storage facilities, minesite haul roads and minesite accommodation,

The success of Lambron has been built on the performance of the company’s fleet of Doosans and Develons. Images: Lambron The team behind Lambron: Nathan and founder Bill Biggs.

plus various other mine and local government earthmoving scopes.”

One thing has remained constant: Lambron’s loyalty to equipment made by Doosan, now rebranded Develon.

“Lambron bought its first Doosan by chance and it turned out to be a good decision,” Nathan said.

“With our large range of Doosans and Develons, we have experienced great operational results.

“The South Korean product gives a well weighted machine with great breakout power.

“Our excavators spend a lot of time rock breaking and in remote areas of WA, and the reliability of major components and track gear is the main reason we have stuck by the product.”

The current stable of Develon equipment comprises:

• 1x DX140LCR: This excavator meets the increasing demand for reduced radius machines as an alternative to conventional models for work on urban, utility, bridge and other confined space construction sites. Improved ergonomics increases comfort and excellent all round visibility, ensuring a safe and pleasant working environment.

• 2 x DX225LC : All of the key components directly contributing to producing power and speed have been improved. The engine boasts explosive 129.6KW power which is far more improved than previous model. Maximised digging force is backed up with versatility for it to be used on all rough terrains.

• 1x DX255LC: The DX255LC crawler excavator puts more power in the hands to complete the most challenging projects — offering powerful arm and bucket forces, and improved lifting capacity and stability. Users can dig, load trucks and move materials with confidence.

• 2 x DX300LC : The DX300LC excavator offers an unmatched combination of high performance, operating features, fuel efficiency, reliability and durability in the 30 tonne excavator class. It builds on the very successful design of the predecessor by introducing major enhancements in operator comfort, machine controllability, productivity, uptime and return on investment, with a strong focus on low fuel consumption, increased power, robustness and versatility.

• 1x DX340LC: The machine puts the operator at the centre of the development goals. The result is significant ergonomic value that improves the efficiency and safety of the operator. Its “Common Rail” engine and new e-EPOS controlled hydraulic system have combined to create an unbeatable hydraulic excavator.

• 2 x DX360LC: This excavator represents a new generation of innovation with its applicationbased functionality and all-round capability. A top performer on all jobsites, the DX360LC delivers an extensive line of performance with optimally prepared features, to be efficient support where it counts.

• 1x DX380LC: This model features a new generation engine to meet the latest Stage V engine emission regulations. It is a new solution without exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to increase the quantity of air during combustionthe temperature during combustion is therefore

higher and the amount of emission particles are reduced as much as possible.

• 1x DX400LC: Being supremely capable in demanding situations, the DX400LC-7M is ideally prepared for any tough tasks. With its spaciousness, user-friendliness and flexibility, it is designed to provide the best possible working conditions. Featuring an enhanced hydraulic system and exuberant engine power, it provides incomparable superior productivity, with smart and innovative solutions to increase long term profit.

• 1x DX490LC: The exceptionally long and wide undercarriage allows the operator to perform tough and heavy workloads in the most stable and composed manner. Durable materials and extensive testing ensures long-term reliability. The d-profile frame and x-chassis adds strength, while the arm assembly is reinforced for longer life.

Clark Equipment national Develon manager Peter Gledhill said the company was a world leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of heavy construction equipment right across the globe, with the vision of becoming a top-three leader.

“The range of large excavators, wheel loaders, and articulated dump trucks offer an outstanding level of quality, reliability and performance but without premium pricing,” he said.

“The machines are built for easy maintenance, durability, fuel efficiency, and operator comfort, backed by quality support through Clark Equipment's national branch and dealer network.”

Develon is a combination of the words ‘Develop’ and ‘Onwards,’ which represents Doosan’s new beginning and challenging spirit.

“The new brand name encompasses our willingness to move onwards to the future through innovation, and to relentlessly change the world with top-level products and solutions,” Peter said.

Doosan had a long history of developing products and solutions needed for building infrastructure to improve the world.

Through the years, it focused on providing products and solutions that exceed the expectations of the industry and its customers.

“Moving forward, we’ll introduce more innovative products and solutions that will go beyond the world’s expectations,” Peter said.

“With the brand name Develon, Doosan will bring growing momentum with the next leap forward as a global leader in construction equipment products and solutions for building infrastructure.”

About Clark Equipment

Clark Equipment brings the big names in equipment to the construction, infrastructure, agricultural, mining, materials handling and logistics sectors of the economy.

As both a manufacturer and distributor, it has on-the-ground distribution supplying the best of equipment; parts support with a Central Parts Distribution availability rate of almost 90 per cent; service support from modern workshops, factory-trained technicians, a fleet of mobile service vehicles, and authorised service agents; and comprehensive equipment financing and rental options.

The Australian-owned company has been supplying and supporting equipment for over 60 years. Today Clark Equipment is a BRW Top 500 Australian Private Company, with sales in excess of $300 million, 500 employees, and over 20 branches across Australia and New Zealand.

The brands distributed by Clark Equipment, such as Develon, are chosen because Clark Equipment believes in their value to customers: that they perform to the highest levels, to get the job done ri ght. And that the brand fits into Clark’s brand family.

The excavators are proven performers in rock breaking in remote areas of WA.

WesTrac ups the ante

A brand-new Cat Compact Track Loader is among the extensive selection of equipment on show at the Westrac stand at this year’s National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo.

WesTrac returns to the Sydney Dragway in April with a bang. This year the Cat® dealer has gone even bigger to celebrate 20 years of WesTrac in New South Wales, with more Cat equipment, attachments, demonstrations and merchandise than ever before.

Exclusive first look at the new Cat Compact Track Loader

WesTrac will officially unveil a brand-new Cat Compact Track Loader (CTL) on Friday, April 12. Caterpillar® Product Specialist Rohan Mills will be providing visitors with a full rundown of the machine, including its exciting industry-first features.

There will be daily machine walkarounds throughout the weekend so there’ll be plenty of time to jump inside the cab and get a feel for the new machine.

This exclusive first look at the new Cat CTL in Australia is not to be missed.

Browse the latest Cat equipment

Visitors will be able to get up close with the range of Cat construction equipment and machine attachments on display, including but not limited to Cat skid steer loaders, wheel loaders, excavators, motor graders, cold planers, mixing buckets and more.

WesTrac will have several deals available over the weekend, with sales reps on hand to help make the purchase of the next Cat machine or attachment a breeze.

Get the most out of machines

No time for downtime? Taking care of machines with preventative maintenance, fluid health analysis, genuine Cat Parts and more can keep equipment running smoothly and help minimise any disruption.

WesTrac offers ongoing customer support through services such as FitFleet® Customer Value Agreements, S•O•S Fluid Sampling and Custom Track Inspections.

WesTrac’s product support specialists will guide customers through the importance of regular servicing and condition monitoring and

will be on hand to demonstrate how easy and cost-effective it can be to implement these options post machine purchase.

Take a machine for a test drive

This year WesTrac will have two dig pits at their site to showcase the latest Cat technology on a range of small to large machines.

In addition to daily demos, visitors have the chance to step into the dig pit and move some dirt around to experience the quality of the technology firsthand. Those keen to take a test drive will need to wear steel-capped boots.

Interested in exploring a career at WesTrac?

Recruitment team members will be available each day to answer questions and provide information on the variety of exciting career opportunities currently available at WesTrac. WesTrac takes pride in being an employer of choice with a strong focus on training, career development, flexibility, and teamwork.

Current promotion

WesTrac currently has a competition running to win a Cat 301.5 mini excavator with a custom wrap, valued at over $38,000. Visit Parts.Cat.Com, register for an account and purchase Cat fluids or filters using 10 per cent discount code ‘MINI10’ for your chance to win.

The competition closes June 30, 2024. Terms and conditions apply – please visit the WesTrac website for more details.

For more info on what’s happening at the WesTrac site during this year’s DDT Expo, visit

Westrac will display at site U10.

The Westrac crew at last year’s DDT Expo. The Westrac site will host a wide range of Cat construction equipment and machine attachments. Images: Westrac
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A cut above the rest

Kemroc's range of excavator attachments are made with the highest quality components that ensure a high level of strength and reliability in demanding construction environments such as Australia’s.

Among the range of robust and durable products, cutter attachments are the German engineering company’s passion.

Backed by more than 20 years’ experience, Kemroc has become renowned for developing and manufacturing strong, robust cutters for excavators and backhoe loaders.

The implements work reliably and efficiently in almost any material. Steel, concrete, rock, wood – wherever Kemroc cutter attachments are used, material is removed safely and accurately.

In Australia, all Kemroc attachments are available on Australia’s east coast through Coast 2 Coast Attachments (C2CA), and on the west coast through Monty Products Australia (MPA).

C2CA Managing Director Luke Preston said that of note, the brand’s traditional style rotary drum cutters with spur gears are designed to be extremely robust, and continued to set the standard all over the world.

“These cutters are supplied by Kemroc under the KR range,” he said.

“Effective dust control is particularly important in demolition and tunnelling applications, and the KR range of cutters are designed for the installation of an optional, hydraulically controlled water jet dust control system.

“Currently, C2CA and MPA stock the complete range of Kemroc KR drum cutters to suit machines from two to 45 tonnes.”

And now, he said this concept was being expanded with the addition of Kemroc’s new rotary drum cutters, the EKT range and the KRD range.

EKT range

Luke said the lower-priced EKT range of traditional-style drum cutters are supplied as rotary drum cutters without a central cutting chain, but conversion kits are available for the larger units so that cutter chains can be fitted later.

Recommended for 2-70t excavators, they are suitable for trenching and pipeline work, mining of soft to medium hard minerals, and

are often used for concrete renovation, profiling, underwater excavations and tunnelling.

“The 10 models in the range comprise two motors for extra hydraulic power; tough, rigid gearbox housing; drums supported on robust bearings; and protection for hydraulic hoses,” Luke said.

KRD range

The KRD range of direct drive drum cutters are compact, lightweight but strong.

Lighter and shorter, Luke said these attachments are ideal for use on long-arm excavators for demolition and shaft sinking applications and can also be used for soil stabilisation and concrete renovation applications.

Intentionally oversized bearings have been used to support the cutter drums for a long operating life.

Dealer details

Both C2CA and MPA are the exclusive distributors in their respective regions, and between the two, have a network of sub-dealers around the country to sell and service the complete range of Kemroc products.

“Both companies have more than 25 years’ experience in the mining and construction industries, positioning them to provide complete attachment solutions for their customers.

As well as the Kemroc product, MPA is also the official distributor in WA & NT for Montabert rock breakers and drilling equipment. C2CA are the official distributor for the complete range of Rotar demolition and recycling attachments in Australia and New Zealand.

“Together both MPA and C2CA are also the Australian dealers for Oilquick automatic quick coupler systems. Oilquick is set to be a game changer in the Australian market as it allows the operator to change between bucket, hammer, Kemroc and any other attachment in a matter of seconds without leaving the cab,” Luke said.

and vice versa. EKT EK Conversion kit EKT Conversion kit EK
Converts from a rotary drum cutter to a chain cutter
The KR range of drum cutters are incredibly robust and designed for the installation of an optional, hydraulically controlled water jet dust control system. Images: C2CA Kemroc has become renowned for developing and manufacturing strong, robust cutters for excavators and backhoe loaders. Conversion from a rotary drum cutter to a chain cutter and vice versa.

With more than 20 years experience, Kemroc develop and manufacture attachment cutters for excavators and backhoe loaders.

All Kemroc products are built to deliver maximum cutting performance.

revolution of cutting

Reaching new heights

The latest Icarus telehandler excels in applications such as new constructions, renovations, restorations, maintenance works and even the assembly of large renewable energy plants and wind farms.

In Greek mythology, Icarus was of course the character who dared to fly to the skies.

And so it’s an ideal name indeed for Dieci Australia’s renowned range of telehandlers, which have characteristics of great strength, power and lifting heights, making them suitable for large jobs in the building and industrial sectors.

Dieci’s telehandlers are known for their quality Italian design and manufacturing, which have been tailored to perfectly suit the Australian market.

The latest iteration of the Icarus, the 40.17, is loaded with features aimed at meeting the demands of customers who want more versatile, robust and reliable machines that are easy to drive and operate.

The model has a maximum reach of 16.6 metres, a maximum capacity of 4000kg, and is powered by a 93kW engine.

The extremely rugged machine boasts exceptional loading capacities in all operating conditions, whether the boom is retracted or extended.

Independent outriggers with proportional controls and a transversal levelling device, always work the chassis in a horizontal position, even on uneven ground.

The chief component, the telescopic boom, is made of high resistance steel, while load sensing and flow sharing distributors allow for more simultaneous movements during operation.

The Icarus also responds to controls in a fluid way, with precision and promptness, thus guaranteeing exceptional work comfort in complete safety.

Meanwhile, a semi-automatic air conditioning system with six outlet vents allows perfect air circulation inside the cabin, openable rear glass and roof and integrated electric driver’s window.

As this model usually operates in workplaces that are often dusty, it is equipped with a separator pre-filter applied to the air, which prevents the entrance of dust and abrasive particles. The engine hood has been designed to reduce noise emission and optimise heat dissipation.

Safety is not compromised. There’s a ROPSFOPS approved cab, designed with a safety cell to prevent deformation in the event of the vehicle being overturned or a heavy load falling on the cab. Dieci telehandlers comply with AS10896.1:2019. The cab is fitted with airconditioning and heating as well as air seats.

A deadman sensor, combined with the operator presence sensor in the seat, prevents accidental operation, while a load limiter device analyses vehicle stability in real time and inhibits any aggravating movements when the pre-set safety limits are reached.

Hydrostatic transmission, combined with “inching” pedal command, allows the Icarus machines to run at slow speed with engine at full throttle. This is an essential control that allows

travel speed to momentarily slow down or come to a stop while still offering maximum power to boom functions to increase precision and productivity for delicate operations.

The hydrostatic transmission guarantees power, reactivity and control in manoeuvres, while a single control unit measures the optimal working parameters through in-depth diagnostics.

The telehandlers can be fitted with various equipment needed to carry out the required work on job sites, with a wide range of accessories to choose from, including lifting hooks, excavation and aggregate buckets, grippers for cylinders, pipes and tyres, and centering handlers.

Other features include:

• Elevated work platforms options

Pre-arrangement can be made for man baskets, with remote control allowing boom and the aerial platform to be operated directly from the basket, in total autonomy and full safety. Compliant with Australian EWP Standard AS 1418.10.

• Single compensation cylinder

Patented by Dieci, this unit is located inside the lifting ram, ensuring that the load on the boom is balanced at all times, thereby improving durability.

• Side shift carriage

The Icarus is equipped with side shift on the boom that allows users to shift the carriage from side to side to tightly pack loads.

• Panoramic views

The large, curved windows of the cab offer a complete 360° outside view with uninterrupted visibility. Integrated LED worklights allow better visibility at night.

• 4 -in-1 joystick

The machine is operated with a 4-in-1 ergonomically designed joystick, with integrated forward and reverse functions.

• 130l/min hydraulic flow rate

Up to 130lpm hydraulic flow maximises manoeuvrability in all applications.

All in all, the combination of comfort and functionality in the Icarus is a perfect example of the performance standards which have made Dieci products stand out all over the world.

Throughout its more than 50 years in business, Dieci has focused on constantly researching innovative technologies in agricultural, industrial, construction and mining sectors to produce machines that are innovative, operator focused and expertly designed. This quality focus is backed by providing excellent after-sales support and service.

In 1983, Dieci became one of the first European manufacturers to develop and produce a range of telehandlers, and since then has continued to be the innovators in the design and development of the equipment to suit all applications.

The Icarus is characterised by great strength, power and lifting heights. Image: Dieci Australia

Max Capacity: 4,000 kg

Max Lifting Height: 16.6 m

Max Power: 125 hp (93 kW)

Max Speed 35 km/h

The Icarus 40.17 is ideal for large jobs in the construction and industry sectors, boasting exceptional strength, power, and lifting heights. Its engine hood is designed to minimise noise emissions and optimise heat dissipation, addressing the challenges of dusty workplaces with a separator pre-filter applied to the air filter. This feature prevents the entry of dust and abrasive particles, ensuring greater efficiency and longer engine life. Equipped with hydrostatic transmission, inching pedal control, and a strong emphasis on safety and operator comfort, the Icarus 40.17 stands out as the perfect machine for your application.

Looking for something else? Check out our construction telehandlers below, including our range of rotational and EWP models.

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A leap forward in performance and durability

Digga’s well-known 4-in-1 bucket has undergone a significant transformation, marked by an extensive reengineering and field-testing process.

Leveraging decades of bucket manufacturing experience and attentive consideration of customer feedback, Digga is proud to release a cutting-edge product which is second to none: the all-new X-Series bucket for large platform skid steer loaders.

It stands as a testament to Digga’s unwavering commitment to innovation, quality and customer satisfaction.

The X-Series bucket underwent a complete top to bottom design overhaul which has resulted in increased strength, performance and serviceability.

Digga product manager Anthony Wieckmann said the cornerstone of the new design started with a total rethink of a 4-in-1 bucket’s geometry.

“The redesign allowed us to increase the bucket’s dump and rollback angles, improve cylinder performance and better protect hydraulic components,” he said.

“By repositioning the cylinders, it gave us several advantages including minimising dirt buildup reducing the risk of damage, increasing the bucket opening width and optimising the full power of the cylinder which improves clamping force, grappling and general material handling.

“Coupled with increased cylinder size and improved jaw design resulting in outstanding control across various material applications, the X-Series bucket is one strong beast”.

Built to last

Improved hydraulic hose and valves placement at the rear of the bucket ensures prolonged durability, safeguarding against challenging environmental conditions, while conveniently

accessible counter-sunk grease nipples on all pivot pins, as well as strategically placed side cutouts, ensures maintenance is streamlined for ease and efficiency.

The cutouts double as convenient tie-down points, further enhancing functionality and practicality.

The X-Series also sees an upgraded clevis design, engineered to deliver enhanced strength and durability, ensuring reliability and longevity even under the most demanding conditions.

The X-Series introduces an enhanced, stronger integrated “clear view” guard, which not only provides increased strength and great visibility of the front edge but also serves as a visual indicator of ground level enhancing

operator efficiency and productivity.

“We’re proud of the bucket we’ve designed, not only does it perform better, but it’s stronger, and it looks absolutely awesome,” Anthony said. “Our engineering team have nailed it. Customers who tested it, didn’t want to give it back.”

The X-Series bucket isn't just a bucket; it’s the culmination of thousands of engineering hours, many hundreds of hours testing and endless amounts of feedback.

Whether you're tackling construction projects, landscaping, or material handling, trust the X-Series to deliver unmatched performance and durability.

The X Series bucket is the next evolution in bucket design.

The X Series bucket is the next evolution in bucket design. Images: Digga The bucket tackles construction, landscaping, or material handling projects with ease.

Jetland Loading Ramps: A load off your mind

The correct use of loading ramps is absolutely critical in ensuring both safety and efficiency when loading or unloading heavy machinery for transport.

When equipment of considerable weight and size is being moved or transported, there is always the potential for injury or damage to equipment and site infrastructure.

Loading ramps and their use are a key element for contractors and operators. Because of their significant role in safety, loading ramps need to be large part of the risk management on any site.

High potential for injury

When noting that people have been fatally injured after being crushed by equipment that has fallen while being unloaded, and other reports where excavators fall off loading ramps, it’s no surprise that that loading ramps and their use receive serious attention.

In one instance where a forklift had fallen off a trailer, it was found there were no holes provided in the trailer for ramp securing pins to be inserted. Further investigation showed that the ramps had not been secured in any way, allowing them to become easily

dislodged from the edge of the trailer.

In another accident in unloading an excavator, a bolt was used to loosely secure the ramps to the tray of the vehicle. The bolt was not a component that was supplied or recommended by the manufacturer and did not prevent the ramps from dislodging. This clearly demonstrated that only pins and R-clips that that are supplied or recommended by the ramp manufacturer must be used .

According to Jimmy of Jetland Loading Ramps, these instances reinforce the message that safety devices, components and instructions are followed to minimise the risks of equipment handling.

Following instructions is critical

“Manufacturer's instructions for correctly installing and using securing systems must be observed and strictly followed,” Jimmy said.

“When using equipment ramps, it is important to secure components with pins and

clips that have been supplied or recommended by the manufacturer. In addition, instructions for correctly installing and using securing systems must be followed exactly.

“Ramps must be correctly rated and suitable for the size and weight of plant being loaded or unloaded, including attachments.

“Other common sense safeguards include the use of seat belts by operators during the loading and unloading process and ensuring that the ramps are lined up with the wheels or tracks of plant being loaded or unloaded.

“Damaged, deformed or fractured ramps pose a real risk. Ramps should be carefully inspected to make sure their safety has not been compromised. Ramps must only be used if they have been properly secured to the vehicle in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.”

High performance and safety

Jetland Loading Ramps has been providing reliable solutions to businesses that involve

Jetland has been designing and manufacturing loading ramps that have proven to satisfy a complete range of industry needs. Images: Jetland Loading Ramps

many industries. It says its reputation for quality and safety has been well-earned, with its ramps often considered the best loading solution.

“Using appropriate loading ramps can make all the difference to safety and efficiency,” Jimmy said.

“No one understands this better than Jetland, who have been designing and manufacturing loading ramps that have proven to satisfy a complete range of industry needs. The range includes models for loading and unloading goods from railway cars, trucks and containers.”

Deep understanding of the market

Through its extensive experience, Jetland fully understands equipment handling. This has contributed to its reputation for safety quality and innovation when it comes to robust ramp solutions for all types of businesses.

In addition to its standard range, Jetland can also build custom ramps to suit any particular needs or application. These may include removalist ramps, rolling ramps, wheelchair ramps and other tailored solutions.

All Jetland’s ramps are manufactured from the highest quality materials and to an engineered design that makes them ideal to

operate efficiently and safely throughout the toughest conditions, including those found in industries such as mining and construction.

All about ‘safety first’

Jetland’s priority is safety and meeting and exceeding compliance with ramp safety standards through its design and manufacturing process.

All ramp models are made with anti-slip surfaces. Specially designed and tested locking pins ensure that ramps cannot move once ramps are locked in place for use.

The standard range of Jetland ramps includes the A-Series which are suitable for rubber track machines in 2-6 tonne load capacities and 2.5-4.5 metres in length. The B-Series caters for rubber track and rubber tyre machines and are available in 2-6t load capacities and 1.8-4.8m lengths.

The Jetland C-Series ramps are designed for rubber track, rubber tyre machines and are available in 4-21t load capacities and machines from 2.5-4.5m in length.

Heavy duty ramps

Designed for larger equipment, Jetland D-Series ramps are suitable for loading and unloading machines and attachment packages of up to 42 tonnes, and 2.5-4.5m in length. These heavy duty 42t rated D-Series ramps are the first available in Australia.

Jetland ramps are covered by a 12-month warranty, and Jetland has a free Australiawide shipping policy to make the ramp purchasing process hassle-free.

The company’s customer service team is fully equipped to support ramp users with any information or questions, while further information about the full range of Jetland loading ramps may be found at .

Using appropriate loading ramps can make all the difference to safety and efficiency. Jetland can also build custom ramps to suit any particular needs or application, including removalist ramps, wheelchair ramps and other tailored solutions.

The future is here

Engage with innovation as Engcon showcases the third generation tiltrotator system – designed for those who seek lower fuel consumption, reduced energy consumption and minimised service costs.

Engcon Australia’s tiltrotator continues to turn heads, reflecting the company’s commitment to pushing boundaries and reaching its full potential in the world of construction.

Using cutting-edge technology that focuses on the end customer, the third generation tiltrotator system is one of a kind, with an innovative design that allows for the lowering of operational costs and energy consumption.

Engcon Country Manager in Australia and New Zealand, Paul Brown, said while Engcon was a Swedish-based company, there was a strong presence in Australia which continues to grow.

“In the Nordic countries 95 per cent of the excavators have tiltrotators on them. In Australia we are at about 2 per cent, but we are growing rapidly and we are struggling to keep up,” he said.

“We can see the benefits of what will happen with these products in the next five to 10 years in Australia.”

A tiltrotator is an excavator's flexible wrist, performing multiple tasks in a shorter time frame. It allows excavator drivers to reach areas without having to move the machine.

While tiltrotators can excavate at any angle and in any direction, Engcon versions go one step further, enabling the attachment to rotate 360 degrees on its axis and allows for a tilt to 45 degrees in both directions.

Engcon has eight different tiltrotators that can be applied to a range of excavators based on weight range.

The Engcon tiltrotator promotes a ‘five benefits’ value system that makes it stand out from the rest of the competition: profitability, safety, flexibility, comfort and environment.

• Profitability

The tiltrotator increases the efficiency of work by up to 25 per cent as the need for manpower is reduced and the precision and accuracy of the manoeuvres makes you waste less material.

• Safety

With its high manoeuvrability and low space requirements, the tiltrotator reduces the need for manual work like shovelling and raking.

“The use of EC-Oil allows the operator to stay in the comfort of the cab while switching between tools. 61 per cent of Tiltrotator owners perceive safety as the main benefit of the product,” Paul said.

Engcon promotes an efficient and safe workplace which is a high priority for industry decision makers.

• Flexibility

The tiltrotator has transformed the traditional excavator into a tool carrier with its ease of rotation regardless of the machine’s position.

• Comfort

Paul said the comfort of the tiltorator was a key factor in its popularity.

“It allows the driver to change tools from the

comfort of the cab, allowing a safe working environment,” he said.

• Environment

The tiltrotator reduces fuel consumption, and therefore benefits the sustainable environmental goals.

“Over 113,000kg of CO2 emission could be saved through using the tiltrotator over the excavator’s seven-year life span,” Paul said.


Paul said the big advantage of the company’s tools is its effect on the labour force and the decrease in people on work sites.

“There are many companies struggling to find staff. The tiltrotator does the job of two to three people as you don’t need somebody standing in a pit or spotting,” he said.

“The functionality of the system means you don’t need to move to Point A to Point B to do jobs. The tiltrotator’s manoeuvrability allows the machinery to get into areas without moving to get the job done.”

Paul said that while the popularity of the tiltrotator is growing in Australia, the earthmoving equipment market was still developing.

“The main sector at the moment is in rail, but we are heavily growing into the civil infrastructure

sector,” he said. “As the earthmoving equipment industry has expanded, Engcon has been there to fill in the gaps.

“The biggest change in the industry has been the evolution of machinery, as well as the need for new attachments.

“Engcon is ahead of the curve in the earthmoving equipment industry, as the GPS systems develop alongside the attachment systems as well.”

Engcon is always looking for ways to improve, and the third generation tiltrotator is an example of the innovative and adaptive response to an evolving earthmoving industry environment.

“In my time in the earthmoving industry, the biggest change I have noticed is the evolution in the tiltage of excavators. The evolution of products within the sector is always growing and evolving. Our products at Engcon have helped facilitate the growth and efficiency of new machinery in the industry” he said.

Engcon will have a site at the National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo in Sydney, showcasing a range of its tiltrotator products, from the EC204, EC206, EC209, EC214, EC219, EC226, as well as a selection of its hydraulic and mechanical tools. Two machines will also be in operation, with demonstrations available at the Expo.

The tiltrotator does the job of two to three people, so users don’t need somebody standing in a pit or spotting. Image: Engcon
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Hidromek makes the grade

Working hard in the trenches: Earthmoving Equipment Magazine recently caught up with Kevin Walter from Hay to talk about his Hidromek machine.

Kevin works in Hay, located in the western Riverina region of south-western New South Wales, approximately halfway between Sydney and Adelaide, serving as the administrative centre of the Hay Shire LGA.

On set

Kevin's services include constructing tracks and roads, clearing channels, building trenches for the installation of polypipes, dozing old fences, and levelling the ground for new fences, ground tanks, and dams.

With 46 years of experience in the field, his equipment works on sites up to 100km in all directions within the Hay shire area, including helping prepare the roadsides around Hay for the new Mad Max movie.

All jobs covered

Kevin is used to hard work and completes most tasks himself, though sometimes calls on additional operators when needed. With a fleet of four graders, he can leave one machine onsite as necessary.

For customers who require trenching, he typically digs the trenches, leaves a grader, moves on to another job while the pipe is being laid, and then returns to do the backfill.

In addition to his fleet of graders, Kevin has several rollers which he primarily uses for constructing bush tracks.

If necessary, he can also hire other equipment, such as a water truck or a scraper, to complete the job.

Fit for purpose

What led Kevin to purchasing a new Hidromek grader?

The three other graders in his fleet had over 17,000 hours on them and were due to be upgraded, so Kevin set out to research which machinery would best suit his needs.

Having many years of experience in the field, he knew what he needed, and after noticing an ad for the Hidromek grader in a magazine,

he rang through to Onetrak’s Melbourne office. The rest, as they say, is history.

Confidence inspiring

There were a few key features that made the HMK600MG so appealing.

First, it came with a steering wheel as well as a joystick, and a powerful air conditioner. Aircon is crucial in Hay's climate.

Kevin also highlighted the importance of the HMK600MG's reversible radiator fan which is a standard feature. I

"t’s especially helpful because the dusty conditions in Hay require daily radiator maintenance, and the reversable fan makes the job so much easier," he said.

Kevin also noted that this was an expensive added option for many brands.

After putting the Hidromek grader to the test, Kevin compared it with other leading brands and said it was the most stable grader he had ever driven.

"Although the joystick controls were different from the normal pedestal joysticks he was used to, I found it surprisingly easy to adapt to the new system," he said.

"He’s been able to construct trenches with stable batters for recycled channels up to three metres deep, and he feels confident the Hidromek can handle the challenging task with ease.

Excellent after-sales service

Kevin was also impressed with the HMK600MG’s over 200hp and exceptional ground speed. The Hidromek grader’s quickness, combined with its great turning circle and other features, has made him an avid supporter of the brand – even though he’d never encountered Hidromek or its graders before.

Kevin has been working closely with the Tumut branch for the past three years, acknowledging Onetrak and Hidromek have been excellent partners.

Kevin’s knowledge and experience led him to make a small change to the side mesh panel that helps to prevent grass from entering the radiator, adding his own hinges so the panels could be lifted, allowing access to blow clear the radiator itself.

Hidromek was made aware of this, and when Tim Jackson from the Onetrak Tumut branch visited to carry out the 1000-hour service, Hidromek had redesigned the side panel to include the hinge and installed it on Kevin’s machine at no extra cost.

Onetrak is the official dealer for Hidromek equipment in Australia. Visit or call 1300 727 520 to get in touch with Onetrak and the team.

After putting the Hidromek grader to the test, Kevin said it was the most stable grader he had ever driven. Images: Onetrak In addition to his fleet of graders, Kevin has several rollers and can hire other equipment to complete the job.

Redefining trenching and quarrying standards

Global construction industry leader Epiroc introduces the groundbreaking VC 3000 V Cutter, the latest addition to its esteemed Erkat Powered by Epiroc drum cutter range.

The innovative V-shaped VC 3000 design challenges traditional chain cutters, setting a new benchmark for efficiency, energy savings, and maintenance in trenching and quarrying operations.

It joins the esteemed VC1400 and VC2000 models, offering a game-changing solution that delivers exceptional performance with 40 per cent fewer picks and a 25 per cent reduction in investment costs compared to conventional chain cutters.

Highlighting the significance of the achievement, Epiroc Business Development Manager Glenn Illingworth said the VC 3000 addressed efficiency challenges in trenching with a cost-effective alternative.

“By optimising drum angles, we've achieved comparable performance to chain cutters but with fewer picks and no overhaul requirements,” he said.

“This translates to increased uptime, userfriendliness, and significant cost savings for our clients."

The V-shaped design ensures a flat base cut without leaving any material untouched between the drums.

This eliminates the need for side-to-side movements, reducing wear on the carrier arm.

The result is a more straightforward, fuel-efficient, and environmentally friendly solution.

The VC 3000 incorporates proven Erkat Powered by Epiroc drum cutter features, such as robust spur gears, a high-torque gear motor, and the QuickSnap retaining system for swift pick changes.

It also includes the options of Pro bracket, hydraulic or mechanical rotatable brackets, a dust-preventing water spraying system, and an optional HATCON monitoring system for enhanced operational insights.

“The VC 3000 represents our commitment to providing solutions that elevate our customers to new heights, particularly in energy-saving and sustainability. This product is a testament to our continuous innovation and dedication to redefining industry standards,” Glenn said.

Epiroc, renowned for its German-quality products, distributes the VC drum cutter range through a dedicated dealer network in Australia and New Zealand.

The incorporation of Erkat Powered by Epiroc in January 2017 further expanded Epiroc's Tools and Attachments division, reinforcing its position as a global leader in construction equipment.

The innovative V-shape of the VC 3000 cutter. Image: Epiroc

How would you feel about digging a trench without having to go side-to-side to make it even? And save time, money, the environment and your carrier while doing so?

Sounds too good to be true?

Not with the new V Cutter VC 2000. Think V!

Powered by Epiroc Powered by Epiroc Contact us: Phone: +49 3695 85109-0 Leaders in drum cutting technology

An evolution in proximity detection systems

Fleetsafe is committed to improving safety and reducing the risk of incidents at all workplaces.

Through regulation and technological advancements, workplace safety has greatly improved over the past few decades. However, the risk of injuries and fatalities is still very high for heavy vehicles and plant equipment that operate in close proximity to workers and pedestrians.

FleetSafe is the Australian developer and distributor of leading after-marketing safety solutions to the automotive and plant industries. Its well-regarded innovation, Proxicam, is an AI-powered proximity detection system designed to improve the engineering controls wherever personnel might come into contact with vehicles and plant equipment.

Proxicam uses the latest in computer vision and AI object recognition to distinguish a person in any form, tracking their proximity to the machine being used.

A breach to the predefined exclusion zone sends an immediate alert to the operator, helping prevent an incident. The intelligent technology provides 360º visibility and detection without personnel needing to wear RFID hardware or speciality vests to be detected, greatly mitigating human error.

Designed and developed in Australia, Proxicam has been engineered to achieve

Artificial Intelligence is grounded in years of deep learning of neural networks and simulated training.

Fleetsafe Managing Director Clive Rogers said the product had been on the market for over three years, deployed on mine and construction sites, to roadbuilding and warehouses.

“This has provided a wealth of data in a wide range of industries and conditions,” he said.

“We’ve listened to our customers, from Tier 1 miners to multinational construction companies. Taking on feedback and turning their wish lists into new product enhancements,” he said,

Modular to any vehicle

Proxicam has been engineered to work with any size vehicle, in any environment.

The smart camera utilises edge technology, limiting the amount of components required. A range of alert types are available, from a basic offering of an indicator with LED and buzzer function to a 7-inch LCD HD monitor relaying live-feeds and audio-visual alerts.

The exclusion zones and detection parameters can be customised to suit any vehicle dimension, blind areas and operating environment.

Clive said this adaptability had been a core design principle.

“We understand that on any site you may have various sized vehicles that pose different risks to workers. Skid steers have poor rear visibility and need to operate in tight spaces. A single Proxicam camera can be mounted to the rear with just the LED and buzzer indicator,” he said.

“This maintains a safe exclusion zone for the operator whilst conserving the limited space in the cabin.

“Large, earthmoving excavators are also covered with the proximity detection system. Up to four cameras can be fitted to a vehicle, providing a 360º exclusion zone. Operators will receive a clear, live, quad view on the HD monitor that is compatible in all light conditions, above and below ground.”

Built for rapid deployment

A key component to any safety system is its ease of installation. Proxicam is installed just like a regular camera system and doesn't

IP69 rating to withstand the tough Australian conditions - from remote mine sites in Western Australia to urban civil construction. The
Proxicam’s analytics dashboard can turn data points into actionable insights. Images: Fleetsafe

require specialist tools or hours of work to install.

With a range of cable lengths and waterproof, screw-lock aviation connectors, the system can easily be fitted by any competent technician.

Clive said just a smartphone with WiFi is required.

“We had to ensure every Proxicam is set up correctly but won’t take a technician all day to complete just one vehicle. Especially if they are fitting out an entire fleet,” he said.

“The new calibration app guides the technician in a few simple sets. The exclusion zone can be adjusted by dragging your finger along the screen.”

Smart integrations

Proximity detection systems like Proxicam help operators prevent serious injuries and fatalities on site.

For fleet and safety managers, insights into the effectiveness of safety management systems is just as important.

“We know some of our customers require integrated telematics to review incidents and ensure they aren’t repeated,” Clive said.

“Another example of how Proxicam has enhanced its offering is the seamless integration with its DV-Hub. Continuous and event-based HD video can be captured from up to 4 cameras and stored locally on the 2TB SSD.

“Immediate back-to-base notifications can be received by safety managers. FleetHQ, Proxicam’s analytics dashboard can also be purchased to turn these data points into actionable insights.”

Clive said Proxicam had been designed to enhance a fleet’s existing technology ecosystem, not replace it.

“We’ve made our system hardware agnostic. If you already have a telematics system, Proxicam will integrate with it and send data to FleetHQ or an existing telematics dashboard,” he said.

For more information on Proxicam visit:, email hello@fleetsafe. or call 1800 227 548. Proxicam will also be exhibited at the Diesel Dirt & Turf Show in Eastern Creek, Sydney, April 12-14.

The system is easily fitted, with users just needing a smartphone with WiFi. With a 360º exclusion zone, operators receive a clear, live, quad view of surroundings on the HD monitor.

Dirt Effects

Attention grabber

The range of robust attachments from Gardner Engineering has helped a Queensland earthmoving company complete projects to the highest level.

It’s never easy trying to get a new excavation business off the ground, literally speaking.

But for Queensland-based Dirt Effects, it’s been a quick rise to renown, with the company making a name for itself as rural rehabilitation specialists in less than two years.

Owner Mitch Bartlett said the projects included fire breaks, paddock clearing and erosion repairs, swimming pool digs, vegetation and boundary line clearing, access track building, rural property enhancements, plus repairs to and construction of driveways and dams.

“I started the business in 2022 after moving to Queensland, where we service the SE and Central regions,” he said.

“I had previously owned an excavation company in Victoria which I sold, so making the earth move has always been in my blood.”

And that’s quite the understatement. Mitch said his job often kept him occupied from dawn to dusk: “from initial contact from customer enquiries, to quoting jobs, organising materials,

scheduling jobs, operating equipment, invoicing jobs, managing staff and subbies”.

“A basic average day kicks off about 5am and I don’t really switch off till I’m kicking back on the couch eating dinner at 7pm,” he said.

But it’s something he loves with a passion, and to ensure the business performs the best it can, he stocks a range of impressive equipment.

“The list includes a Freightliner tipper with a UPT tag trailer behind it, which carts our new Cat® Nex Gen 306 excavator with all our attachments (hammer, augers, driver, spare buckets),” he said.

“We also run a Deere 650K dozer with stick rake and have a new Nextgen dozer coming soon with a beaver tail truck to move the dozers.”

And for Mitch, it’s the small things that make the big things work. Optimum achievements come from the use of high quality attachments: and for these, he looks to Gardner Engineering Australia, the country’s

premier provider of cutting-edge specialised and custom-made earthmoving accessories.

“We try to use Gardner attachments on all our machines,” Mitch said.

Indeed, Mitch’s Nex Gen Cat is adorned with Gardner Engineering implements: a tilt hitch, a hydraulic grab, and a rake; and if he could, a Gardner bucket as well.

The relationship with Gardner began in 2018, when he was running the Victorian business.

“We had purchased a 15t Volvo, which is an absolute weapon of a machine, and I’d seen and heard a lot about Daehan hydraulic grabs from Gardner, and had to have one,” Mitch said.

“I rang director Michael Gardner and he had one delivered to our yard in Victoria within days.

“I was very impressed with their service, and once I laid eyes on the product, I knew there and then that you get what you pay for.”

In addition to the grabs ¬– both mechanical and hydraulic – Gardner’s catalogue includes a wide range of buckets, rippers, rakes, grader blades, thumbs, hitches, and more.

The Dirt Effects trailer which carts the Cat® Next Gen 306 excavator and all the attachments. Images:

“It was everything I had dreamt of and more. From then, I insisted on Gardner products,” Mitch said.

“And it’s not just the technology with Gardner that I look for, it’s the longevity and strength in everything they build that will keep me coming back for years to come.”

Mitch said the hydraulic component of his machines was an important feature, with proper lubrication vital to minimise wear and tear on the cylinders.

“We sit in machines for up to 14 hours a day, so smooth operation is key for me; but also I look for operator comfort, whether it’s technologies like grade assist or simple as a heated seat,” he said.

“I always stick to the brand leaders that will be able to support you if and when a breakdown occurs.

“No matter what manufacturer you go with, it will happen; it’s just how they support you that makes all the difference. The backup and service from Gardner is amazing.”

Looking forward, Mitch said he had high expectations for growth of the business, backed by the focus on quality equipment in his arsenal.

“To this end, Gardner Engineering will help us grow by continuing to make strong attachments that I know we can rely on for many years to come,” he said.

Michael said the Daehan grabs were among the most popular items he stocked.

The versatility of the power rotating grapples for various configurating options have made the attachment sought after by contractors in forestry, recycling, landscaping and general earthmoving sectors.

“We have a large range of the grabs, both fixed and rotating, and generally have available grabs in stock from three to 25 tonnes,” Michael said, “but we can also supply grabs for excavators up to 50t.”

“They make many jobs considerably easier. Our customers are finding them particularly effective at the moment with storm and flood clean-ups, particularly in Mitch’s part of the world.

“The grab boasts possibly the largest opening on the market, and can also close very tight, with hydraulic hose fittings mounted up high either side of the ear preventing accidental damage.

“It has twin hydraulic cylinders giving it a strong gripping force with check valves for added safety.

“The clever design of these grabs makes them particularly effective for building rock walls. Many of our customers come from this sector.”

Gardner Engineering has been selling Daehan grabs for almost 20 years with barely any problems.

“They are a strong and resilient attachment built to a very high standard,” Michael said. “We hope Mitch’s grab continues to make life easier for him as his business expands.”

The grab makes selective clearing jobs easier. The Daehan grab from Gardner Engineering.

Fecon efficiency and mulch, mulch more

When it comes to mulching equipment, Matt Gregory refuses to compromise on quality.

Beaver Mulching has made a name for itself in the Central NSW Coast, focused on cleaning up land, forestry mulching and vegetation management.

Covering the expansive region from Umina to the southern ends of Newcastle, Beaver Mulching specialises in a range of services, including fire hazard reduction, steep slope clearing, land takebacks, easements, fire trail maintenance, fence line clearing, and riverbed embankment clearing.

Owned by Matt Gregory, the company stands as a testament to excellence in land clearing and management excavation, with work backed up by a fleet of specialist equipment.

And when it was time to expand operations, Matt's commitment to quality led him straight to Fecon.

With nine years of industry experience under his belt, Matt recognised the brand as the pinnacle of mulching technology.

“I choose not to compromise on quality, a decision that has proven invaluable time and again,” he said.

“I found that the Fecon mulcher was the more superior mulcher on the market and I didn't want to compromise on quality.”

“The efficiency gained by utilising Fecon equipment is unmatched, allowing for remarkable time savings on every project.

“Whether tackling lantana, privet, long grasses, or navigating steep slopes, the Fecon

mulcher seamlessly integrates with Beaver Mulching's excavator, fulfilling a much needed service in our niche market.

“The productivity achieved with Fecon equipment far surpasses traditional methods, highlighting its superiority in both performance and efficiency.”

In a landscape where time is of the essence,

Matt said Beaver Mulching's partnership with Fecon has proven to be a game-changer.

“We have ability to clear vast areas in a fraction of the time. For those seeking unparalleled results, Beaver Mulching stands ready to exceed expectations, one project at a time,” he said.

Mulch magic

Fecon forestry mulchers are the global standard, offering excavator mulchers, skid steer mulchers, stump grinders, tree shears / fellers and forestry tractors, in new sales, used sales and rentals.

The company stands behind all its products, with unbeaten service provision, parts supply and operational support through the entire life of the appliance.

All products are heavy-duty, rugged appliances that power through any forestry job, start to finish. Best-in-class durability, reliability and strength result in better operational efficiency and lower operational costs for you.

The extensive range of forestry and mulching heads, land clearing equipment and vegetation management solutions includes:

• E xcavator mulchers (excavator mulching attachments, including the renowned Bull Hog range)

• Positrack/skidsteer mulchers (track loader mulching heads and attachments, including Bull Hog)

• Tree shears for forestry and land clearing (attachments for excavators and positracks/ compact track loaders).

All Fecon products are heavy-duty, rugged appliances that power through any forestry job, start to finish. Images: ASV Beaver Mulching’s Matt Gregory stands by his Fecon mulcher.

On the right tracks

South African company Bell Equipment has a global footprint and almost 70 years of experience in the manufacture, distribution, and support of material-handling equipment, and its innovative tracked carrier is now poised to make its Australian debut.

The Bell Tracked Carrier, a pioneering solution for soft underfoot conditions, first made its debut in 2021 within the oil and gas industries.

Since then, the influence of this powerhouse machine has expanded globally, capturing various markets with its adaptability and robust features.

Known for its durability, increasing reliability and low ground pressure, the innovation is fast becoming the carrier of choice for various mining, construction, landfill and forestry applications around the world, including Australia, where it is being distributed by Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA).

HCA National Product Manager David Gallina tells Earthmoving Equipment Magazine that the rubber-tracked carrier is set to make an impact in the country among contractors and companies which wanted to operate in an efficient and environmentally-friendly way.

“The machine is versatile and can be used in a multitude of industries: agriculture, rail maintenance, construction, as mining ancillary support vehicles, drill rigs, welders, and so on,” he said.

“It’s another product designed on the Bell Equipment philosophy of developing and manufacturing strong reliable machines.”

David said the undercarriage of the machine boasted a unique Bell design, comprising a balanced six-roller undercarriage with a

compound walking beam that enables a light footprint and optimal ground contact.

In this way vehicle mass is applied through only two points on the chassis at either side, enabling the walking beams to most optimally distribute the load through all the rollers onto the tracks.

In addition, the beam geometry is biased, reducing the rear roller lift and track tension whilst traversing obstacles.

The balanced system tracks the surface of the terrain better, providing chassis stability by not

lifting the vehicle as high. This results in reduced ground pressure, lower track point-loading for longer track life, and improved operator comfort.

There are two heavy-hitters in the line-up: the TC7A, which boasts a robust payload capacity of seven tonnes and comes standard with a flatbed, and can be customised with drop sides and a tailgate for added flexibility.

The bigger TC11A comes with a whopping 11t payload capacity, and is offered with a flat bed or a bin with a tailgate.

The versatile tracked carriers can be used in a multitude of industries. Images: HCA The two Bell carrier models: the TC7A (left) and the TC11A.

Both units are available with a cab chassis option without the bed. The versatility opens up a world of possibilities, allowing users to transport a variety of components and equipment with ease.

“The Bell Track Carrier can transport material on any site, with a rear setup that can be used as a dumper; or the sides can be dropped to make it a flat deck,” David said.

In the USA, some customers have even turned the track carrier into a personnel carrier.

The TC11A is unapologetically rugged, a machine born to conquer the toughest terrains and weather conditions.

Manufactured from higher grade steel, the Bell Track Carrier doesn't just boost durability: it’s a testament to engineering excellence.

Packed with premium components and infused with Bell Equipment’s proprietary software, the machine is a technological marvel. The weightoptimised design ensures users are not burning unnecessary fuel moving structural dead weight.

David said the models are powered by a Cummins B6.7 CM2350 B136C Stage 5 (EGR Free) engine, while the hydraulic pump and drives are from Rexroth, both suppliers wellknown and used around the world.

“It’s a winning combination,” he said. “Rexroth hydraulics drive the track seamlessly, matched with the powerful and fuel-efficient Cummins engine.

Together they optimise fuel consumption and performance, helping to meet stringent stage 5 emissions without the use of exhaust gas recirculation.

The engine ensures they can carry heavy loads while keeping fuel consumption to a minimum, and in the TC11A this engine flexes its muscles, delivering a rated 186 kilowatts of power.

But it's not just about power, it's about smart design. The engine and radiator are shielded by plates and strategically elevated to keep them away from mud.

Ease of maintenance is a standard feature of all Bell machines.

“The genius lies in the large ground level service hatch, a one-stop-shop that houses

filters as well as fuel and diesel exhaust fluid filling points. This offers convenience that translates into improved service and refilling times because when it's easy to maintain, it's easy to keep the carriers in peak performance mode,” David said.

“By design, the engine and radiator are strategically elevated to keep them far from mud and well protected from debris by belly plates. The large ground level service hatch houses filters, as well as fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) filling points, for convenience and improved service and re-fuelling times.”

Remote oil drainage is possible for the engine and hydraulic tank using the remote drain hose supplied with the machine. This allows for a quick, convenient oil drain and an engine drain through the service hatch without having to remove the entire belly plate.

Additional removable panels are deliberately situated to provide ample access to all areas of the machine for ease of maintenance.

The undercarriage also features greaseless, rubber conical bearings in the bogie pivots for extended life and reduced cost over the life of the machine. The greaseless undercarriage utilises

oil-filled rollers and idlers, which translates into less maintenance on the machine.

Most importantly, David said operator comfort and care is of highest priority.

“Bell understands that a comfortable operator is a productive operator,” he said.

“That's why they place great value on purposeful cabs with a dedicated focus on ergonomics, comfort and safety.

The cabs go the extra mile, certified for ROPS and FOPS, ensuring top tier protection.

Operators use a single joystick control which extends from the left hand side armrest, providing electric over-hydraulic control for all directional machine movements.

Additional functions like raising and lowering the dumping, cruise control, and even sounding the horn are seamlessly assigned to buttons on the joystick. And for added security, a pilot button has to be pressed to allow any of the operational functions to work.

The 12.7cm/5inch colour screen in the cab can be adjusted by the operator for his preferred views, while it can also be used for superior diagnostics, ensuring the pulse of the machine is at the driver’s fingertips.

All of this is controlled via the Bell automotive sealed display controller, or B-drive, using an automotive mouse.

David said all daily checks, maintenance and refuelling was carried out at ground level. It is also supplied with a standard reverse camera and the Bell Fleetmatic telematics system.

“The Fleetmatic provides the owner with information such as the track carrier’s location, haul route, performance, maintenance schedule and fuel burn,” he said.

Overall, David said the Bell Track Carrier is a premium vehicle for uneven terrain, soft underfoot conditions where a wheeled machine would face challenges in hauling without getting bogged in the mud.

“The rugged, reliable and versatile Bell Tracked Carriers have been engineered to conquer challenging environments and tackle heavy duty tasks with the lightest footprint,” he said.

For more information on Bell Tracked Carriers, visit

The balanced six-roller undercarriage boasts a compound walking beam that enables a light footprint and optimal ground contact. The Bell Track Carrier is a premium vehicle for uneven terrain, soft underfoot conditions where a wheeled machine would get bogged in the mud.

NAPA digs success

With a vast range of products and an extensive network of branches, NAPA has become a go-to destination for industrial businesses looking for reliable solutions to keep their vehicles and machinery running.

NAPA has established itself as a leading provider of heavy-duty products and services in Australia, servicing truck, fleet, construction equipment and other key industrial vehicle sectors.

From a wide range of heavy-duty parts and accessories that include OE replacement alternators and starter motors, auto electrical accessories, air conditioning, lubrication, service parts and braking to smarter technologies and efficiencies, the company develops groundbreaking solutions and innovations to unearth customers’ potential.

With a national network of more than 60 branches, NAPA works with clients to have the parts where they need them, when they need them.

Backed by the world’s largest supplier of automotive aftermarket parts, NAPA combines over 95 years of product knowledge with distribution excellence.

By leveraging its national scale and international partnerships, it provides cost and operational efficiencies at a local level to ensure the parts needed arrive on time as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Safety first

NAPA’s commitment to operating a safer business is deeply rooted into its company values, with initiatives driven from all areas of the business.

It takes safety to new levels, ensuring continuous improvement and the safest possible environment for anyone interacting with a NAPA team member, product or initiative.

Quality assurance

NAPA takes quality seriously, in products, know-how, processes and suppliers.

To ensure consistent quality from every aspect of the business, NAPA maintains an ISO 9001 accreditation which extends to OE manufacturers, while leading brands and partners are encouraged to maintain the same certification.

NAPA understands that quality products mean less downtime and NAPA is committed to suppling genuine value and quality.

Scale and capability

With NAPA, leverage Australia’s most comprehensive network of automotive parts specialists with an unrivalled depth of knowledge and proven capability in responding to complex industry requirements.

The company can solve problems, provide technical expertise and provide valuable market insights to any business.

NAPA has a national network of more than 60 branches. Images: NAPA

More than just parts

NAPA aims to contribute to improved safety, increased productivity and profit growth.

It provides a professional advantage, presenting more opportunities for businesses to save time and money through smarter business activities.

While NAPA sells parts, it also has the application and technical knowledge to ensure customers get the right one for their vehicle, no matter its size.

Importantly, NAPA excels in implementing new efficiencies into organisations through:

• Vendor rationalisation programs

Range consolidation activities

• OE alternative supply chain options

• Inventory and vendor rationalisation and standardisation recommendations

• Strategic sourcing programs Fleet profiling and packaging

• Automation

• Vending solutions

• Freight aggregation

Electronic aggregation

NAPA understands how precious time is. Its unique e-commerce software, NAPA PROLink, is a comprehensive, industryleading online catalogue and e-commerce platform that allows teams to consistently and accurately identify and order the right parts for their fleets and vehicles.

Designed to integrate into existing ERP/ OCI systems to allow for 24/7 automated ordering, NAPA PROlink provides simplicity in multiple points in any organisation.

Features include a Google-type parts identification, plus live visibility of stock and price at the nearest NAPA, technical support and a simple, responsive, easy to navigate platform.

The company leverages its expertise, range and capability to keep businesses moving.

To NAPA, its business is more than just parts: it’s to make other businesses more efficient.

NAPA PROLink is a comprehensive, industry-leading online catalogue and e-commerce platform.


Whether it’s one truck or a fleet, construction equipment, earthmoving, agricultural, manufacturing of trailers and RVs, NAPA can provide you with a range of reliable thermal and electrical parts, from the brands you know, trust and insist on. We offer a comprehensive range of heavy duty specialist and mechanical aftermarket products including starter motors, alternators, LED lighting, brakes, oils, filters, service parts, hard parts, safety, thermal & air conditioning components, and more, for all types of vehicles in fleets of all sizes.

Visit for your nearest branch.

Every product bearing the ITR name is a testament to unparalleled performance and unwavering quality. Images: ITR

Pioneering excellence in earthmoving

In the dynamic landscape of the Australian earthmoving industry, one name stands out for its unwavering commitment to quality, performance, and customer satisfaction: ITR.

The world-renowned Italian brand, best known for its complete range of aftermarket earthmoving machinery parts, is one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, providing a one-stop solution for most makes and models of earthmoving equipment.

With an expansive network of branches, warehouses and workshops strategically positioned throughout the Australian market, alongside industry experts stationed in every region, ITR Pacific is uniquely positioned to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Offering a comprehensive range of undercarriage parts, rubber tracks and pads, ground-engaging tools, repair parts, tyres and more, ITR Pacific provides unparalleled stock accessibility and support.

This extensive local inventory, coupled with the backing of the broader group, empowers ITR Pacific to confidently cater to a diverse array of sectors within the Australian market, spanning mining, construction, plant hire, agricultural, and forestry industries alike.

Extensive range

From rubber tracks and undercarriage components to ground-engaging tools and repair parts to OTR tyres and diesel engine parts, every product bearing the ITR name is

a testament to unparalleled performance and unwavering quality.

Offering a comprehensive range of undercarriage parts, rubber tracks and pads, ground-engaging tools, repair parts, tyres and more, ITR Pacific provides unparalleled stock accessibility and support.

of numerous OEM and other aftermarket companies globally.

ITR parts are designed and engineered by the group's in-house R&D department in Italy and manufactured in ISO-certified production facilities with stringent quality control measures, resulting in a consistent and reliable product that has attracted the business

The range covers parts suitable for most makes and models of dozers, excavators, graders, loaders, scrapers, dump trucks, drill rigs, harvesters, apron feeders and more ranging in size from 0.5 tonnes up to 800 tonnes.


Quality service

But perhaps what truly sets ITR apart from the competition in an industry where performance and downtime are not an option, is its servicing capabilities.

With two undercarriage track shops located in Brisbane and Sydney, an on-site rubber track installation team in Southeast Queensland, a robotic welder for hardfacing ground engaging tools and track shoes, as well as a team of specialists in the field performing undercarriage and bucket inspections country-wide, ITR Pacific claims it can provide end-to-end solutions for customers: not simply the parts.

Just as ITR does not compromise on the quality of its parts, it has certainly not compromised on the quality of its track shop equipment.

Heavy-duty track beds and track winders custom-made for Australian conditions, are capable of handling chains up to 10 tonnes in weight, comfortably covering the large CAT D11 and Komatsu D475 track groups. The services on offer include:

Track bolt-ups and track plate swaps

• Track lengthening and shortening

• Complete track frame refurbishments, track frame crack repairs, and modifications

• Robotic, abrasive-resistant tungsten-carbide

ITR continuously expands its presence in the Australian market through industry acquisitions and new developments.

hard facing of ground engaging tools, such as bucket teeth and cutting edges

• Hardfacing of dozer track plates with tungsten-carbide grit for added wear resistance

Market expansion

ITR remains steadfast in its ongoing commitment to providing its customers with streamlined and efficient services and parts with quick turnaround times.

The company continuously expands its presence in the Australian market through industry acquisitions and new developments,

allowing it to build its product range and service offering with additional locations and industry experts.

The substantial growth ITR has seen over the last 12 months is a reflection on the Australian earthmoving Industry and the ongoing demand of services and parts.

ITR Pacific will have a range of its products on display at this year's National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo in Sydney at Site L2.

To find out more about ITR’s full product offering and services, call 1300 820 214 or visit the website

ITR doesn’t just supply parts, but also services such as on-site rubber track installation and robotic welding.

Superior performance with Miller

One of the world’s largest earthmoving attachment companies, Miller, will shine the spotlight on its extensive range at the National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo.

The attachment specialist, well-known for designing and manufacturing a wide range of the most innovative hitches and buckets available on the market, is looking forward to showcasing its portfolio at this year’s show.

Located at stand E6, a large proportion of Miller’s stand will be dedicated to showcasing the company’s best-selling product in Australia – its GTT fully hydraulic tilting hitch.

David Aldridge, General Manager at Miller in Australia, said that due to the demand of its compact tilt hitch range, the company will have a demo area at its site to enable visitors to view the 180-degree tilting hitch in action, and see first-hand exactly how it can help operators to get the most out of their excavators.

“Our customers that have made the switch to the GTT have been hugely impressed by the increased capabilities it offers, allowing diggers to achieve so much more with their attachments,” he said.

“This has seen our customers significantly increase their productivity, doing the same jobs quicker and more efficiently, allowing them to drive their bottom-line profits, whilst reducing fuel consumption.

“The GTT really enables operators to work smarter, not harder.”

Australian-built and suitable for one to sixtonne excavators, the GTT – available in stock – is powered by a reliable, heavy-duty helical motor.

With zero maintenance required, the motor allows for 90-degree left and right rotation with no loss of power whilst operating at full tilt, and is sunk into the frame offering superior protection.

Designed with a low profile to minimise the loss of break-out force, the GTT is fully cast from high tensile strength steel. With the nature of casting, and thanks to its clever design, this has allowed for more material to be added where extra strength is required.

Backed up by a robust internal testing program, Miller’s hitches have endured rigorous FEA and testing of up to 150,000 cycles prior to launch, ensuring the products will continue to deliver superior performance in even the most arduous conditions.

“Our GTT range – which utilises technology already proven in the field worldwide – has been extensively tested. And as far as I’m aware, no other product of its kind has been tested to such extreme standards,” David said.

To complement its GTT, Miller will be showcasing its other fully hydraulic hitches from its GT series, including the GTS, designed for one to six tonne excavators, and

The GTT enables operators to work smarter, not harder. Images: Miller

the GTX ideal for eight to 50t machines. Fully compliant with AS4772 standards, Miller’s GT series houses a unique twin-locking independent back-up system, enabling a wide set of OEM pin pickups to be safely attached.

Maintenance-free and offering superior performance, the GTS and GTX hitches are built with only four components meaning less can go wrong.

If a failure was to occur, the whole system is replaced, allowing operators to minimise downtime with a reactive repairs and maintenance service provided by Miller’s dedicated site solutions team.

Miller will also be demonstrating a range of its buckets, including tilt, mud and digging.

Proven to last, the company’s bucket range

has been specifically designed to deliver superior performance when operating with modern Australian practices and site conditions.

With manufacturing headquarters in Melbourne, Miller has recently expanded its facilities, opening a second premises in this location.

Over the past 12 months, the company has been highly focused on increasing its geographical presence across Australia. As part of this, Miller has increased its aftermarket capabilities – delivered by experienced technicians – to provide full peace of mind to customers, which is further backed up by Miller’s industry leading warranty on products.


Digging deep for a good cause

Fleck Earthmoving is making its mark with a Komatsu PC490 excavator kitted out with custom pink buckets.

Fleck Earthmoving, one of the largest wet hire companies on the east coast of Australia, has seen tremendous growth over the past two years, and is now giving back and bringing attention to a worthy cause with the latest Komatsu addition to its fleet.

Based in Box Hill in Sydney’s north-west, Fleck Earthmoving Group encompasses Fleck Earthmoving as well as NextGen Earthworks, NSW Plant Haulage, and Fleck Plant Hire. Fleck Earthmoving’s main business is wet hire, with its equipment and operators serving customers from small independent landscapers to larger earthmoving projects.

Group Operations Manager Michael McFarlane joined Fleck Earthmoving two years ago and, in that time, the company has grown from a fleet of eight to 72 machines. Fleck recently took delivery of its 20th Komatsu excavator – a PC490 – but this one was significant for another reason.

“We wanted to do something meaningful and make a mark, so the idea came to install pink buckets on the PC490 to support breast cancer awareness and the McGrath Foundation,” Michael said. “The machine was delivered in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it was really timely.

“SBA Earthmoving Attachments helped with the pink buckets, as part of their #DigitPink campaign, and we also added the signature pink heart from the McGrath Foundation logo to the decals on the excavator. You can’t miss the machine – it’s a great way to bring attention to such a worthy foundation and we’re now looking at other ways we can give back to them as well.”

Fleck has another six Komatsu machines on

order for 2024, with the pink buckets already on standby to do their work in raising awareness.

“We keep going back to Komatsu as the team are great to deal with, and the machines speak for themselves,” Michael said. “They’re built for the big earthmoving jobs that many of our wet hire customers are asking for, so we know they’re always going to be value for money for us.

“At Fleck, we’ve got a real ‘go get em’ attitude towards business. You’ve got to be hungry for the work and we never say no.

“We’ll go above and beyond to deliver for our customers, which is how we got to where we are today. We can service anywhere across the

state, and if a customer asks for a particular machine, we’ll make sure we can deliver for them.”

That is how Fleck’s relationship with Komatsu started. When a customer asked for a 50-tonne excavator two years ago, Michael knew that Komatsu had just the machine they needed.

“I’ve worked with Komatsu before, and knew they are reliable, quality machines,” Michael said. “The equipment is user friendly, productive, and you know what you’re getting with the machine.”

For more information on the PC490 excavator, head to:

Fleck Earthmoving has kitted out its new Komatsu PC490 with pink buckets to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Images: Komatsu The PC490 is the 20th Komatsu machine in the Fleck fleet.
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Electric performance

The L 507 E battery-electric wheel loader has been generating significant attention since it was released in several European countries last October.

The first electric wheel loader for Liebherr, the L 507 E combines the demonstrable advantages of a Liebherr Stereoloader with a battery-electric drive design developed by the company.

The performance of the L 507 E is equal to that of a conventionally powered Liebherr wheel loader in the same size class, but it emits no carbon dioxide onsite.

In addition, noise emissions are kept to a minimum, which makes the new wheel loader particularly suitable for any application where noise or exhaust fumes are strictly regulated, such as in inner-city areas or in halls.

Liebherr relies on a high-voltage battery system – specially developed for L 507 E wheel loader applications – which ensures powerful performance and efficient charging. Subject to respective operating conditions, the L 507 E offers a running time of up to eight hours.

Liebherr’s modular battery design also makes it possible to install a second lithium-ion battery ex works at the customer’s request, which further increases the running time.

Depending on the on-board charging technology and power rating, the battery can be fully charged in about one and a half to three hours.

Operators benefit from the low noise emissions of the L 507 E in noisesensitive environments. Images: Liebherr No CO2 emissions onsite: The L 507 E from Liebherr is also suitable for indoor applications.

New drive, renowned steering system:

L 507 E battery-electric Stereoloader

With the 507 E, the battery-electric drive means that full power is available at all times.

The operator thus benefits from dynamic working movements and responsive handling.

As standard, the wheel loader has a final speed of 20 km/h. However, the L 507 E is also optionally available as a “Speeder” and in this version reaches a speed of up to 30 km/h, which makes it easier to move the wheel loader, from one job site to another.

To increase efficiency, the energy generated downhill and during braking is fed back into the battery through recuperation.

The L 507 E is based on the conventional Liebherr L 507 Stereo wheel loader.

This means that the new battery-electric wheel loader also features stereo steering.

This combination of articulated steering and steered rear axle combines the advantages of conventional articulated steering with those of all-wheel steering, resulting in a minimal turning circle and a reduced articulation angle of 30 degrees, which increases the stability of the wheel loader.

Liebherr has also installed its reputable articulated pendulum joint in the L 507 E, which compensates for uneven ground and ensures that the wheel loader has excellent stability.

L 507 E with proven technology in the lift arms and operator’s cab

Liebherr’s new battery-powered wheel loader uses the same lift arms of the conventionally powered L 507 Stereo.

They showcase powerful z-bar kinematics, which also work safely in fork operation without manual readjustment.

Here, the new electro-hydraulic pilot control of the L 507 E ensures highly responsive and precise movements on the lift arms.

The fully automatic LIKUFIX quick-coupler

system is also available. This allows the operator to change between mechanical and hydraulic attachment tools from the cab within seconds at the touch of a button.

The extensive use of glass in the operator’s cab means that the operator has excellent visibility and the cab is also extremely ergonomic and comfortable.

Various setting options as well as operationrelevant data, for example the charge status

of the battery, can be found on the heightadjustable display with a touch function.

In addition, the operator has the option of adjusting the steering wheel and seat individually as desired.

The L 507 E can be used intuitively and hardly differs from a conventional wheel loader. Therefore, even less experienced operators can work safely and efficiently with Liebherr’s battery-electric wheel loader.

About Liebherr

The L 507 E is made by Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH, which develops, produces and sells wheel loaders from the Liebherr Group.

The plant in Salzburger Land (Austria) has grown steadily over the decades thanks to sustainable innovations, creative solutions and high quality standards.

The wheel loader range is constantly being expanded and includes models in different product groups: Compact loaders, Stereoloaders, and mid-sized and large wheel loaders with impressive, innovative drive designs.

The Liebherr Group is a family-run technology company with a highly diversified product portfolio, and one of the largest construction equipment manufacturers in the world.

It also provides high-quality and useroriented products and services in a wide range of other areas.

The Liebherr Group includes more than 140 companies across all continents.

> For more information, visit

The L 507 E battery-electric wheel loader from Liebherr has excellent performance capabilities. There is efficient charging, thanks to high-voltage battery system.


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LiuGong graders join loaders on regional roads

More LiuGong wheel loaders are popping up along WA roadsides, with the state’s Shire of Nungarin one of the latest to make the move.

Bordered by the Merredin, Trayning, Kellerberrin and Mukinbudin shires, Nungarin is one of the smaller country shires in WA, but still oversees about 370km of gravel and 180km of bitumen roads.

Works and Services Manager Dave Nayda said he had been keen to update some of the shire’s equipment, in consultation with Chief Executive Officer Ric Halse.

“It was in need of an upgrade, but when we looked at the cost of some of the big brands, we realised that was not possible,” Dave said.

“We heard of some shires that had the LiuGong loaders and that was our first machine and we have had no dramas with it.

“We did the price comparisons and the saving was huge.”

The 856H (high specification) LiuGong wheeled loader is powered by a turbocharged and air-to-air intercooled, six-cylinder Cummins Stage III engine, offering up to 217-horsepower, speeds up to 40 kilometres per hour and a tipping load of 5 tonnes.

A German countershaft power shift transmission provides four forward speeds and three reverse speeds.

Quick hitch buckets are now standard on the loaders, with the high specification model using a 3.5m³ bucket, while a 3m³ size is used on the standard model.

Extra features with the high specification LiuGong 856H wheel loader also include an auto-greaser on the machine.

“It can do a lot of clearing work along the sides of roads and loading of trucks with gravel,” Dave said.

“It’s definitely as good as the major brands, if not better, for pushing power. It’s brilliant

pushing the pile.”

Initially, the shire had not planned to upgrade its old CAT grader, but then discovered it was costing $40,000-$50,000 in annual repairs and maintenance, which, as a result, also caused considerable downtime.

Following the good experience with the LiuGong wheeled loader and after chatting with a shire in South Australia over the use

of one of the brand’s graders, the Shire of Nungarin then became one of the first in WA to add a LiuGong grader to its fleet, again for a significantly lower capital investment compared with other major brands.

The 19-20 tonne LiuGong 4230D motor grader features a 9-litre Cummins engine, with the machine showing its reliability after chalking up more than 650 hours.

“It doesn’t lack any power and it’s doing a good job, with no breakdowns so far,” Dave said.

He said operator comfort with the LiuGong grader also was a big plus.

“The guys have all come out of other machines into the LiuGong and they are extremely happy,” Dave said.

While he would like to request a couple of extra items with the grader, he said the unit’s strong value had been well demonstrated.

The LiuGong machines were purchased through local Merredin dealer, McIntosh & Son, which had offered excellent backup support to the Shire of Nungarin.

“The support has been absolutely superb from the team at Merredin, and they continue to carry out our major machine services,” Dave said.

He said in the future, he would like to target a second LiuGong grader for the shire.

Nungarin Shire President Pippa de Lacy, Works and Services Manager Dave Nayda and Chief Executive Officer Ric Halse with the shire’s LiuGong 4230D motor grader. Images: LiuGong Dave Nayda says the LiuGong 4230D motor grader has shown its reliability after chalking-up more than 650 hours.

Top of the charts

Kobelco Construction Machinery Australia has been recognised as the top supplier of heavy excavators in Australia by sales volume.

With a long history as a leading supplier of excavators in Australia, Kobelco Construction Machinery Australia has achieved the accolade of selling more heavy excavator units than any other brand in 2023*.

Kobelco Australia Managing Director, Paul Torrington, said achieving the top position for sales of heavy excavators in Australia was a significant milestone for Kobelco.

“It has been a journey of market share growth over the past five years to achieve this,” he said.

“As a construction machinery brand that focuses solely on excavators, Kobelco strives to innovate and deliver excavators that lead the market in quality, performance, durability, and efficiency while exceeding the expectations of our customers. Those efforts have resulted in 80 per cent of Kobelco sales being attributable to repeat buyers, or as referrals from existing customers.”

For more than 90 years, Kobelco has been manufacturing high-quality Japanese excavators, delivering legendary reliability and class-leading performance. Kobelco excavators are renowned for their best-inclass fuel consumption and lowest total cost of ownership, with the brand being recognised as a global leader in the construction equipment industry.

The Kobelco heavy excavator portfolio in Australia ranges in size from 8 and 14 tonne short radius models suitable for crowded urban jobsites, to production class 38, 52 and 85 tonne large excavators suitable for heavy-duty excavation projects and quarry applications, as well as a range of speciality excavators designed for demolition and dismantling applications.

The heavy excavator market in Australia includes these Kobelco classes, and all excavator sizes up to and including mining class machines over 800 tonnes. Considering all of these size classes, Kobelco’s total unit sales volume exceeded all other brands in 2023.

“We have seen strong sales in the 14 tonne class, with nearly one in three machines sold in this class last year in Australia being a Kobelco,” Paul said.

“The flagship model in this size class is clearly the Kobelco SK135SR-7, which was the number one selling heavy excavator model in Australia in 2023. This short radius excavator delivers exceptional performance and operator comfort with its class-leading machine design.

“Another significant growth area for Kobelco has been in the 35 and 50 tonne model line-up. The Kobelco SK380XD and SK500XD extreme duty models have delivered on the promise of durability in harsh environments with the lowest fuel consumption in their respective size classes.”

With exceptional performance and

productivity, along with engines that do not require AdBlue or DPF maintenance, XD Series excavators have proven to deliver the lowest possible total cost of ownership—key to their market acceptance and sales success.

Kobelco continues to improve and expand its offering in the 35 tonne class, and this year will be no exception, with the recent release of the SK380SRLC-7.

This 38 tonne short radius machine is the heaviest and most capable short radius excavator in the industry. With the demand for larger and more capable machines on crowded urban jobsites, the release of the SK380SRLC-7 is the direct result of Kobelco’s promise to meet the needs of its customers— another example of the brand’s commitment to being an industry leading excavator manufacturer.

Kobelco excavators are backed up an expert network of independently owned and operated dealers around Australia. With factory trained technicians, the latest in diagnostic equipment, special tools, and a comprehensive range of Kobelco genuine parts on hand, Kobelco dealers have the experience and expertise to ensure every Kobelco customer has support when they need it.

“We couldn’t have accomplished our top market share result without the commitment and dedication of our Kobelco dealer network,” Paul said.

“Kobelco dealerships are well established, independently owned family businesses, where

the dealer principal plays an active role in the day-to-day activities of the business—it’s the classic story of “the man that owns the business, runs the business.

“Kobelco dealers genuinely care about their customers because they recognise that their customer’s success is integral to the success of their own businesses. The outstanding support that our dealers provide their customers is critical to Kobelco’s sales achievements.”

Kobelco dealers are backed by a strong commitment from Kobelco Australia to provide exceptional aftersales and parts support to its customers. Kobelco’s central parts distribution centre in Sydney holds over one million parts in stock, with next day delivery on offer to capital cities.

In addition to Kobelco’s modern parts distribution centre in Sydney, Kobelco’s dedication to the Australasian market includes a modern head office in Sydney, training facilities in Melbourne, and a direct distribution dealer network in New Zealand. Kobelco’s team of specialists, including sales, service, parts, warranty support and a 24/7 call centre, keeps Kobelco machinery moving.

To locate your local authorised Kobelco dealer or to learn more about Kobelco excavators, please visit

*PowerStats Construction Equipment Industry Australia sales statistics, full year 2023.

Kobelco excavators are renowned for their best-in-class fuel consumption and are recognised as a global leader in the construction equipment industry. Image: Kobelco

Continuing a tradition of excellence

The Norm Engineering Hydraulic Rock Grabs stand out as a testament to the company's enduring commitment to innovation, quality, and understanding of the harsh Aussie environment.

More than 39 years ago, the Australian earthmoving industry was forever changed by the inception of Norm Engineering.

Born from the vision and ingenuity of Wally Acimovic and later propelled by his son-inlaw, Norm Pesch, Norm Engineering has grown from crafting a single, perfected bucket to developing an expansive array of rugged earthmoving attachments.

Among the distinguished line-up, the Hydraulic Rock Grabs remain at the forefront of the company's offerings, showcasing the company's commitment to enhancing the efficiency and capability of earthmoving operations.

Designed with precision and built for durability, the rock grabs come equipped with a complete hydraulic system, including hoses and couplings, ensuring they are ready for immediate use upon delivery.

This feature highlights Norm Engineering's understanding of the importance of convenience and efficiency in the fast-paced construction and agriculture sectors.

Norm Engineering offers the Hydraulic Rock Grabs in two configurations to cater to a broad spectrum of machinery and operational requirements.

The dual cylinder model is designed for use with machines ranging from 5 to 25 tonnes, providing robust performance for larger projects. In contrast, the single cylinder version is optimised for machines up to four tonnes, offering an ideal blend of power and precision for smaller tasks.

This versatility ensures that Norm Engineering's solutions can meet the diverse needs of their clientele, regardless of the scale of their projects.

A key feature of the Hydraulic Rock Grabs is the protective enclosure for the cylinders. This thoughtful design protects the hydraulic components from damage during operation, extending the lifespan of the attachment and ensuring consistent reliability.

Additionally, the rock grabs are equipped with serrated edges and wide opening jaws, enhancing their functionality for a variety of tasks such as site clearing, demolition, and landscaping.

These features allow for the secure handling and precise placement of materials, further showcasing Norm Engineering's commitment to providing high-quality, efficient solutions.

Norm Engineering's Hydraulic Rock Grabs continue to represent the company's legacy of producing durable, reliable, and efficient earthmoving attachments. With almost four decades of experience, the company understands the challenges presented by the Australian landscape and the needs of its operators, responding with innovative solutions that stand the test of time.

In maintaining its tradition of excellence, Norm Engineering has strategically implemented advanced processes and invested significant resources into its manufacturing capabilities.

These strategic initiatives have enabled the business to streamline production processes

and optimise the supply chain, ultimately placing it in a position to offer its clientele shorter lead times for the Hydraulic Rock Grabs.

By enhancing efficiency and agility within its operations, Norm Engineering can promptly respond to market demands and swiftly fulfil orders, ensuring that customers can access premium attachments precisely when they need them. This dedication to operational excellence underscores the company’s commitment to providing not only top-tier products but also exceptional service to its valued customers in the construction and agriculture sectors.

For those in the earthmoving industry seeking to enhance their operational capabilities with proven, high-quality attachments, Norm Engineering's Hydraulic Rock Grabs offer a compelling solution.

To learn more about these and other attachments that can transform your operations, visit or contact Norm Engineering directly at (07) 3376 3177.

E xperience the difference that comes with relying on a company with a heritage of Australian excellence, innovation, and a commitment to meeting the needs of the earthmoving industry.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet the Norm Engineering team in person at the National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo from April 12 to 14, at stand F1.

The precision-built Hydraulic Rock Grabs remain at the forefront of Norm Engineering’s offerings. Image: Norm Engineering

Rock solid performance from Rokbak

A pair of Rokbak RA30 articulated haulers has contributed to the efficiencies of an award-winning quarry in the UK, with the trucks impressing with torque, manoeuvrability and low fuel consumption.

It is understandable that one of the best quarries in the UK requires the best equipment.

That’s why, since October 2022, the pair of Rokbaks have been loading and hauling primary ballast at a quarry for Smith & Sons (Bletchington), a leading producer and supplier of primary and recycled aggregates for Oxfordshire and its surrounding counties.

In the first year of their arrival, the two RA30s shifted nearly half a million tonnes of material between them at Gill Mill Quarry. The Gill Mill aggregate processing plant is the flagship site for Smith & Sons (Bletchington) and was declared ‘Quarry of the Year’ by the British Aggregates Association for its operating standards at the end of 2020.

Gill Mill Quarry Manager Jeff Murphy said the Rokbaks were integral to the operation insofar as their suitability to the site.

“They’re not too small and they’re not too big. With the constraints that we’ve got on some of the roads, they suit our needs, and we find them efficient and easy to operate. They’re very operator friendly,” he said.

Operations at Gill Mill start at 6:30am with a standard maintenance check on equipment, and run until 5pm, five days a week. Daily checks including damage inspection and fuel level monitoring are conducted from a maintenance sheet. Once completed, operations commence and the trucks bring up premium ballast to be converted into building materials.

The RA30 articulated haulers, each with a 28 tonne maximum payload and a 17.5m³

heaped capacity, currently work on load and carry operations, dumping material into a hopper, with the material then fed to the main plant through a conveyer system. The distance travelled by each RA30 is approximately one mile per load, with each truck making between 25 and 30 roundtrips a day.

“We’ve got two dedicated Rokbak dumper operators on site,” Jeff said. “The feedback we’ve received from them is very positive, with the trucks being very manoeuvrable, easy to operate and very user-friendly.”

Each Rokbak cab has pressurised capabilities and a premium performance HVAC and air flow system. Clear instrumentation and an LCD display for operational and service feedback, including fuel consumption, is intended for simple operation and service data extraction.

“My personal pick is the rear-view camera, with a very big, clear screen ideal for all weather conditions, day and night,” operator Warren Mobey said.

“If we didn’t have it, it would make things harder for us. Relying on just mirrors is not a way we could probably operate at Gill Mill.

“However, the mirrors easily defrost in the morning. In summertime it’s essential that you have good air-con, which in the Rokbak is excellent. It’s like a whirlwind going at you.”

The RA30 has a maximum torque of 1880 Nm @ 1400 rpm, which proves extra useful when operating across difficult ground and provides good traction in wet conditions.

Rokbak Regional Sales Manager EMEA

Kenny Price said the company focused on torque and rim pull when it comes to the design of the trucks.

“They need to have that torque and pull when they’re fully loaded to move in an efficient manner,” he said.

Jeff said that the depot was sited on Oxford Blue clay, which is often utilised for restoration purposes but difficult to traverse.

“However, the Rokbak trucks have been fantastic with that great torque when moving through clay. We find them a real benefit," he said.

Reducing environmental impact is a key tenet of the Rokbak brand. As part of the Volvo Group, Rokbak is aligned to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for significant improvements to carbon emissions, with specific aims including a 30 per cent reduction in CO2 by 2030, a 50 per cent factory operations emission reduction by the same year and becoming net-zero by 2040. These commitments have influenced the design of the Rokbak trucks, the daily operation of the company’s Motherwell factory and the Rokbak sustainability roadmap.

Reducing its impact on the environment has seen Rokbak employ strategies stemming from fuel consumption analysis, examining alternative fuels, extending maintenance cycles and lessening maintenance consumables. This has also led to the reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) for Rokbak customers.

Each RA30 articulated hauler has a 28 tonne maximum payload. Image: Volvo

Unveiling excavator excellence

CJD Equipment introduces the ER636F, the latest addition to its recently released series of SDLG mini excavators.

With their compact design and zero tailswing, the ER636Fs are ideally suited for urban construction projects, especially in confined areas. Image: CJD Equipment

SDLG, a member of the Volvo Group since 2007, exemplifies the same design and stringent quality standards synonymous with Volvo Machinery.

The introduction of SDLG’s new mini excavator range provides a great option to the Australian market for customers looking for a premium product at a competitive price, and the all-new SDLG machinery comes with a three-year, 6000-hour warranty as standard.

CJD Equipment has been a proud national distributor of SDLG for more than 11 years and has continued to have great success with the product.

Throughout this successful partnership, CJD Equipment has consistently achieved remarkable success across diverse sectors, showcasing the versatility and reliability of SDLG products.

Renowned for its wheel loaders, SDLG has established a reputation synonymous with unwavering performance, user-friendly operation, and minimal maintenance over many decades, expanding a new era of excellence in the industry.

SDLG National Product Manager at CJD, Andrew Egan, said customers had experienced great success with the product, in a number of different industries including waste and recycling, agriculture, timber plants, and general construction.

“The general feedback is that they are

extremely reliable, simple to operate and versatile,” he said.

"The new models include standard features that are usually options on other machines, making SDLG outstanding value for money.

Coupled with SDLG's reputation of simplicity, reliability, and ease of operation, SDLG excavators will likely become one of the first choices amongst astute buyers.

“The SDLG and CJD Equipment partnership ensures our customers receive a robust and reliable product and comprehensive aftersales assistance.

“CJD Equipment's 24/7 sales, parts, and service support network spans the entire nation, encompassing Australian capital cities and regional towns, guaranteeing unparalleled assistance and peace of mind to our valued customers.”

The ER636F is a 3.8-tonne excavator boasting a 20kW/27hp power output. With its compact design and zero tail-swing, the ER636F is ideally suited for urban construction projects, especially in confined areas.

The ER636F offers an enclosed, spacious cabin, providing operators with a panoramic 360-degree field of vision, elevating comfort and situational awareness.

Standard amenities, including rollover protection, a digital instrument display, suspension seating, and air conditioning, contribute to creating an environment conducive to optimal working conditions.

The ER636F features a high-torque, highly efficient Yanmar engine paired with a load-sensing hydraulic system, resulting in smoother operation and reduced noise and vibrations for the operator.

The upper frame is reinforced to ensure uniform load distribution and boasts high ground clearance to enhance durability.

Furthermore, the undercarriage offers exceptional wear resistance, while the boom and arm utilise high-tensile steel and reinforced castings, prolonging the service life of the equipment.

The opening angle of the engine hood is also easily accessible for unrestricted access to filters and pressure testing ports, and relays and fuses are also located inside the cab to ensure simplified maintenance.

The SDLG mini excavator range is an excellent option for customers who are looking for a premium product at a competitive price.

SDLG machines have been designed to minimise maintenance efforts, with the main components, filter and electrical systems grouped for easy ground-level access. All core components are sourced from worldrenowned manufacturers to ensure the highest reliability.

For more information on the new SDLG range and to locate your local CJD Equipment branch or SDLG Dealer, visit or call 1300 139 804.




CJD Equipment has a national supply network and 24/7 after-hours call-out service, and is excited to announce the release the new SDLG ER636F to the Australian market. This mini excavator promises extremely reliable yet simple operation, low maintenance, and outstanding value. Designed with comfort and reliability at its core, and offered at a competitive price without compromising on quality. You can rest assured that CJD Equipment has the support network in place to ensure you are well supported, no matter where or when.


• Highly efficient Yanmar engine

• Outstanding fuel economy

• Zero tail swing

• Load sensing hydraulic system

• boom/arm/swing priority

• Compact and powerful


• Ergonomic designed spacious cab

• High-quaility digital instrument display

• 360-degree field of vision

• ROPS/TOPS/OPG1 protection

• Suspension seat

• Air-conditioning

ONLY $61,000 EX GST

Images: Webbair/Alamy

Lift safely. Lift legally. Lift more

Webbair managing director Chris Webb explains the benefits of Webbair Prolec’s PME500 Rated Capacity Controller (RCC) system, how it can supercharge the lifting capacity of excavators, and the critical role his company plays in installing and supporting the product in Australia.

In the always dynamic and demanding earthmoving and construction game, efficiency and safety are paramount.

And for more than 15 years, Webbair has been at the forefront of introducing advanced technologies to optimise equipment for both.

Among its key offerings is the Webbair Prolec PME500 system, which represents a significant leap forward in machinery capability and safety.

The Webbair Prolec PME500 system transforms a standard excavator into a multifunctional tool that not only excels in traditional earthmoving tasks, but essentially enables it to function as a certified mobile crane as a secondary function.

According to Chris, the founder of Webbair, this dual capability is a game-changer for the Australian construction industry and its rigorous demands.

“For example, a 30-tonne excavator equipped

with the Webbair Prolec PME500 can legally lift up to 22,000kg in close proximity,” he said.

“That’s a substantial increase from the standard 3200kg, and it’s done legally.

“That massive increase in lifting capacity means a massive increase in productivity, as well as huge savings in the costs of having to transport larger machines.”

Webbair has been fitting, commissioning, and certifying RCC systems for more than 15 years.

Safety first

Depending on where you are in the world, systems like the Webbair Prolec PME500 are generally known as either an LMS (Lift Management System), or an RCC (Rated Capacity Controller).

“You’ll also see RCI (Rated Capacity Indicator) used in some parts of the world,” Chris said.

Tier 1 companies are demanding greater safety systems for lifting operations.

“LMS and RCC are technically more correct, as the system doesn’t just indicate. It actively manages and restricts machinery operations, keeping the machine to 75 per cent rated capacity across the entire working envelope, and 66 per cent with a pick and carry automatic lifting duty.”

The PME500 system offers a suite of additional features that enhance both safety and functionality.

These include height limiting, maximum radius control, cab protection, slew limiting, and the creation of virtual walls and corridors.

These features provide operators with greater control and precision, reducing the risk of accidents and damage.

Additionally, the system includes a supervisor’s keyswitch, a “Limits Active” active flashing beacon for alerts, variable load charts, load on hook display, emergency override facilities, and failsafe control valves – all contributing to a safer and more efficient work environment.

Compliance with local safety and operational standards is a key aspect of the Webbair Prolec PME500.

When installed by Webbair, the system adheres to AS1418.8 and AS1418.5 standards, and is certified to LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations), which is recognised as one of the highest safety standards worldwide.

Local experts

Chris said that for machine control solutions such as those offered by the UK-based Prolec, it’s critical that these products are distributed, installed, and supported by local experts who understand Australian compliance standards.

“Prolec systems installed by Webbair are compliant and the best RCC/LMS system of its kind in Australia,” Chris said.

“And working in conjunction with Prolec, we’ve put a lot of time and money into making it so.”

Webbair has a deep history of expertise in this area of safety, having fitted, commissioned, and certified rated capacity control systems for a range of major OEMs, including Komatsu, Volvo, Caterpillar, Hitachi, and others right across the country over the past 15 years.

This experience has positioned Webbair as leaders in this technology within Australia, a region that has been relatively slow in adopting such advanced safety measures compared to other countries.

“The good news is that we are now seeing Tier 1 companies demanding the system be fitted for lifting operations,” Chris said.

“Systems like these are mandatory by law in many other countries, including the UK, Singapore, and most of Europe.

“We’ve been a bit behind here, but our company is on a mission to change this. We basically do this for every manufacturer in Australia.

“They’re not setup or equipped to do it themselves, so that’s where we come in. We tip test the machines, we generate the load charts, we install and commission the PME500 on their machines, and we certify them to the LOLER standard, which is the highest standard in the world.”

For more on the PME500, and the wide range of products and solutions available through Webbair, visit: www., or call 1300 092 995.

In a nutshell: PME500 key features

Height limiting

• Dig depth

• Maximum radius

• Cab protection

• Point-to-point slew limiting

Virtual walls

• Virtual corridors

• Supervisor’s key switch

• Limits active flashing beacon

• Variable load charts

Load on hook

• Emergency override facilities

• Failsafe control valves

• Rated capacity controller

• Failsafe design

Australian standards compliance.

The Webbair Prolec PME500 legally unlocks the lifting potential of your excavator.

The pinnacle of water management

Pinnacle Hire is revolutionising the infrastructure, civil construction, mining, and quarry sectors with its advanced dewatering, pumping, and water treatment solutions.

Australia-based dynamic hire business

Pinnacle Hire has become well-known for its rapid response and expertise, ensuring customers access the most suitable equipment for their needs.

The company has established a formidable presence in the industry with its selection of brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment, including internationally recognised brands such as Selwood, BBA Pumps, Tsurumi, Sulzer, Grindex, Atlas-Copco, alongside Australian names like Fortress Tanks and Elementz Treatment Plants. Additionally, it introduced the EnviroHub Water Treatment products from the UK to the Australian market.

Pinnacle Hire Marketing Coordinator Philipp Jansen told Earthmoving Equipment Magazine that anchored by its headquarters in Melbourne, the business boasts a network of 13 branches across Australia, ensuring comprehensive coverage and support for its clients nationwide.

“The company was founded in early 2021 by Managing Director Jeremy Salisbury, who had a vision of creating a nationwide hire business that supported responsible water management,” he said.

“Pinnacle Hire’s team is composed of industry specialists who share a passion for excellence and teamwork, driving the company's success.”

Pinnacle Hire offers a broad spectrum of services to the earthmoving industry, including full end-to-end turnkey solutions for construction water provision applications.

From consultation, licensing, commissioning, maintenance, to remote monitoring, the company ensures reliable and efficient project execution.

It conducts sustainable yield tests to determine groundwater extraction limits and advises on

compliance with regulations, showcasing its commitment to responsible water management.

"Our goal is to be the benchmark in water management for the earthmoving industry. We are not just providing equipment; we're offering a complete solution that respects our planet's resources while meeting our clients' needs," Philipp said.

“A key aspect of Pinnacle Hire's offerings is our high-profile equipment, catering to various needs within civil construction.

‘”Our fleet includes dewatering pumps, submersible pumps, bypass pumps, and water treatment solutions, ensuring project requirements are met with precision.

“Additionally, Pinnacle Hire provides storage and pipeline solutions, expert advice, on-site support, and compliance guidance, emphasising its role as a trusted partner in managing water needs for civil projects.”

The highlight of Pinnacle Hire's journey thus far has been its involvement in supplying construction water to major projects within the mining and civil markets on a national basis, an accomplishment that underscores the company's ability to meet the demands of large-scale projects and its commitment to excellence.

Philipp said that looking to the future, Pinnacle Hire was poised for growth, driven by the anticipated increase in infrastructure programs and housing needs.

“The company aligns with the national goals of addressing worker shortages in the building, civil construction, and resource sectors, indicating a forward-thinking approach to business expansion and contribution to Australia's development,” he said.

“Pinnacle Hire, with its advanced solutions, expert team, and commitment to sustainability, is set to continue its trajectory of growth and innovation.

“By providing essential services and equipment to the earthmoving industry, the company not only meets the immediate needs of its clients, but also contributes to the broader objectives of efficient water management and environmental stewardship.

“Pinnacle Hire embodies a model of excellence, innovation, and responsibility, positioning itself as a key player in Australia's earthmoving and construction sectors.”

Pinnacle Hire equipment used for construction water storage and management. Construction water treatment solutions offered by Pinnacle. Images: Pinnacle Hire


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Remu screening buckets key to efficient waste minimisation

The commitment to durability underscores the philosophy of Remu, which manufactures innovative earthmoving attachments, including screening, crushing, and padding buckets.

As engineering company Remu says, the “toughest guys with the finest earthmoving products” come from the backwoods of Finland.

Besides material handling attachments, it also makes pontoon undercarriages for excavators to enable dredging and excavation work in the most challenging environments.

Remu Business Development Manager Pavel Syrtsov said its operations were centered around having happy customers.

“Understanding our customers is a foundation for product development that is often carried out in cooperation with customers,” he said.

“It is no surprise that the best ideas come from the people who work with our products. We apply this understanding and in-house engineering to guarantee ongoing product development to boost performance and create value for our customers.

“Quality is the cornerstone of our operations, the fruit of combining precise engineering, expert welding, and skilled mechanical staff using the best raw materials available and a constant monitoring process. We are proud to say that our products are made in Finland.”

One of the best examples of this has been the development of the company’s screening buckets.

“Whether it’s topsoil, peat, coal, dirt or compost, a screening bucket is just the right attachment to process your material,” Pavel said.

“Remu screening buckets have a long history dating back to the late 80s. Recent models have gone through rigorous development.

“Our customer-focused development process keeps us on track and ensures continuous improvement which helps us to create products that solve real material processing problems and fulfill customers’ requirements.”

The buckets efficiently sift through dry, wet, or clumpy topsoil to remove debris, rocks, and other unwanted materials, ensuring highquality soil for landscaping, gardening, and construction projects.

They are compatible with a wide range of machinery types, including excavators, skid steers and loaders, making it suitable for use in diverse environments and project sizes, from small-scale gardening to large-scale construction.

Customisable options include different rotor and blade types and configurations to meet specific project requirements, providing flexibility and versatility in screening operations. Precise screening can be achieved based on desired particle size.

Clumpy soil

For clumpy soil, the buckets break down lumps to ensure a more uniform consistency in the output material, which is essential for achieving quality results in landscaping, gardening, and construction projects.

Smaller particles mix more evenly with other materials, such as soil, compost, or mulch, leading to better integration and distribution of nutrients, moisture, and other beneficial properties.

Breaking up lumps increases the surface area of the material, facilitating better air circulation and moisture absorption, which is crucial for maintaining optimal conditions for plant growth and soil health.

Compost handling

The buckets also facilitate the screening of compost, separating organic matter from larger debris and ensuring the production of nutrientrich compost for use in gardens, farms, and landscaping applications.

Landscaping material handling

The attachments easily handle various landscaping materials such as mulch, gravel, and sand, allowing for the efficient separation of different materials based on particle size, promoting better aesthetics and functionality in landscaping projects.

Contaminated soil

The buckets can efficiently mix neutralizing or stabilizing agents into contaminated soil, ensuring a consistent distribution of the agents to produce a homogeneous material.

This uniform blending helps to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment process and ensures that all areas of the soil are treated evenly.

By blending the agents directly into the soil using screening buckets, better contact between the agents and the contaminants is achieved. This enhanced contact leads to improved remediation results.

Using screening buckets this way minimises the need for additional handling of the soil, reducing the risk of spreading contaminants to other areas and streamlining the remediation process.

Re-using material on site

Re-using material on site eliminates the need to purchase new materials, saving significant costs associated with sourcing, transportation, and disposal.

By doing this, valuable natural resources such as soil, gravel, and sand are conserved,

reducing the environmental impact associated with extracting and processing new materials. This conservation of resources promotes sustainability and reduces the carbon footprint of construction, landscaping, and other projects.

By reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill, screening buckets help mitigate environmental impacts such as pollution, habitat destruction, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste disposal. This proactive approach to waste management promotes environmental sustainability and supports circular economy principles.

With Remu screening buckets, the process of separating and preparing site material for re-use is streamlined, minimising the time and labour required for manual sorting and screening. This increased efficiency accelerates project timelines, allowing for faster completion and delivery of projects.

Re-using site material with screening buckets can help organisations comply with environmental regulations and sustainability initiatives by reducing the need for new material extraction and minimising waste generation.

In turn the number of trucks required on local roads around projects is also reduced with the knock-on effect of decreasing the carbon footprint.

Visit the Remu site at the National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo in Sydney, at stand C5.
With Remu screening buckets, the process of separating and preparing site material for re-use is streamlined. Image: Remu

Concrete anywhere, anytime

Carmix's mobile mixers offer an ideal solution for concrete application in remote sites and difficult-to-access locations.

The rugged terrain of Australia’s landscapes has long posed formidable challenges for construction projects, particularly in the installation and maintenance of critical communication infrastructure.

With significant growth in the pipeline, this has led to numerous projects that involve placing concrete on steep inclines or navigating challenging gravel roads.

The need for concrete in hard-to-reach areas has been further heightened by the 2022-23 floods in some regions, resulting in increased requests from councils and contractors for the transportation of commercial concrete to remote locations or on-site mixing.

These projects may involve:

• Transporting mixer concrete into and along narrow access roads in national parks

• Transporting mixed concrete up steep inclines that commercial trucks cannot access

• Concrete repairs to waterway facilities damaged in floods

• House slabs or footings in remote communities in Central Australia, Northern Territory, or Western Australia

• Small-scale concrete work at mine sites

• Stab sand backfilling or drainage for roadworks in rural areas

• Stab sand backfilling for piles on solar farms

• Batching concrete on islands projects

• Batching concrete at top of high mountain ski resorts, and ski lift structures

• Pouring bases for small wind farms in remote or rugged regions.

Supplying concrete for such projects has always been a challenge, often leading to

increased costs. But in all these situations, Carmix 4x4 self-loading concrete mixers can offer a solution.

Pilecom Equipment is currently importing the Carmix units into Australia. Director Boyd Cousins said there were various models to suit large and small concrete pours.

“Units can also be optimised with features to suit customer needs or client specifications,” he said.

Self-loading mixer versus transit mixer

Distinguishing between a self-loading mixer and a transit mixer?

“With Carmix, it's irrelevant as our units can serve as both,” Boyd said.

“The Carmix units are equipped with a front shovel attachment, offering the flexibility to switch between self-mixing and transit mixing functions using the same unit.

“Additionally, we typically install load cells in preference to shovel weight systems to facilitate precise batching.

“The advanced design of our large shovel and hydraulic gate enables the shovel to function as a hopper when producing commercial mixer concrete.

“This concrete can be supplied from a fixed overhead batch plant or transferred from an agitator truck via pump or elevated chute.

“Our shovel/hopper system also simplifies and enhances the cleaning process in the hopper area after discharge, making it safer and more efficient.”

Carmix provides a selection of six 4x4 rough terrain models, starting from the compact 1-cubic-metre Carmix One to the larger Carmix 5.5XL.

Each model is tailored to meet specific concrete mixing requirements.

The Carmix units are equipped with a front shovel attachment. Images: Pilecom Equipment The units can transport mixed concrete up steep inclines that commercial trucks cannot access.

“Anticipating the stocking and ordering requirements that aligns with Australian contractors’ needs has posed a challenge that Pilecom Equipment has enthusiastically embraced,” Boyd said.

Pilecom Equipment and Carmix Australia have also just launched their new rental fleet of Carmix self-loading batching plants, creating a massive opportunity for contractors to offer an alternative means to move concrete - a much cheaper option than using helicopters or multiple pipelines.

With Carmix, construction projects can benefit from flexibility in scheduling by producing on demand concrete, ensuring a continuous and efficient workflow.

Currently in stock with Pilecom Equipment

Carmix units currently available include:

Carmix 3.5 TT – a 7.4t front-loading mixer with a 3.5m3 drum

• Carmix 5.5 XL – an 8.7t front-loading mixer with a 5.5m3 drum

• Carmix One – ideal for the small self-batching user, with a 1m3 drum

• Carmix Dumper– 4x4 bi-directional dumper truck with 10t capacity

• Carmix Bagger – a 3t cement bulk bag with a screw feed and a Honda engine

control of their concrete and equipment needs,” Boyd said.

“Carmix Australia and Pilecom Equipment are committed not just to selling quality self-loading mixer dumpers, but partnering with customers to help ensure complete

“Our dedication to helping customers is summed up by Pilecom Equipment’s motto: “We don’t just sell equipment - we sell a concrete solution!”.

Coupled with three cement handling equipment models, ranging from a threetonne bulk bag hopper to a 45t horizontal silo, daily production can vary from 10 to 100 cubic metres. • Carmix Carsilo 36 – a 50t horizontal silo with screw-down legs and load cells. The range starts from the compact 1-cubic-metre Carmix One to the larger Carmix 5.5XL. The Carmix units can transport concrete into and along narrow access roads.

The must-have Sany excavator attachments


excavators come with a range of quality attachments that enhance on-site efficiency.

Excavator attachments extend the capabilities of excavators beyond their original design, enabling them to perform a diverse range of applications.

From land clearing to breaking hard surfaces and rocks, attachments offer the ability to maximise productivity on site by having one machine perform a number of different tasks.

Sany excavators have long been machines of choice for major earth moving projects worldwide. The company’s dedication to building the most reliable, durable and technically advanced machines means owners can be sure they’re investing in a product fit for purpose, focused on safety, and ready to deliver.

And of course, using quality and efficient attachments help make them even more efficient powerhouses. Sany takes pride in crafting top-quality attachments to streamline all earthmoving needs.

• Grapple

The primary function of the excavator grapple is to grab and lift; claw-like in design, this attachment is perfect for handling all manner of organic and inorganic materials.

Available in a range of shapes and sizes –including combination grapple, log grappler, and pulpwood grapple – this attachment can support logging, demolition, waste management, land clearing, and roadwork projects.

The grapple attachment is capable of handling three to eight tonnes, with the maximum jaw opening ranging from 1800mm to 2500mm.

• Ripper

Rippers make short work of breaking up rocks, stones, and hard soil. They are well suited for environments like mines which feature a scattering of hard rocks or stones.

High- strengthened steel enables this attachment to be used in even the toughest of working environments. These tools are most often used for pre-excavation.

• Hitch

Hitches allow other attachments to be safely and skillfully connected to the dipper arm of the excavator.

Tilt, grab, standard or multi-function, Sany offers an array of hitches to help facilitate the safe and quick mounting and dismounting of attachments. The inclusion of safety pins provides additional safety benefits.

• Hydraulic breaker

Powered by hydraulic pressure, this attachment is most often used for breaking apart concrete and cement, such as during road repairs, as well as rocks.

Hydraulic breakers could be thought of as the larger, and easier to use, jackhammer of the construction sector.

• Bucket

The most used attachment, excavator buckets are essential for earthmoving projects.

They enable and accelerate important applications, such as digging, loading, leveling, trenching, cutting, as well as sifting through or moving topsoil, rock or other dense material.

What to consider when buying an excavator

1. How often will the excavator be used?

When it comes to deciding whether to buy a new or used excavator, the first thing to consider is how much time the machine will be used.

For businesses with infrequent need and small-scale projects, a used excavator may be the more suitable option. However, for companies with more regular earthmoving requirements, it can prove more beneficial to buy a new excavator than a used one.

Although there is a greater upfront cost when buying a new excavator, newer models are often easier to operate and will be able to work all

day consistently, meaning you won’t have to deal with unexpected costly delays caused by machine downtime.

Maintenance and repair fees will also be less for a new excavator compared to an older unit. The longevity of the machine is also a factor: the more hours accrued on an excavator, the shorter the timespan it can be used for before it will need to be replaced.

2. What are the key features to look for?

If you are looking for the latest safety features and performance-enhancing technology you will need to buy a new excavator, over a used one.

This is because older excavators can be void of imperative safety features. Buying a new unit ensures that your excavator is up to code and fitted with all the necessary safety features.

New excavators also come with the added benefits of greater fuel efficiency and enhanced comfort for the operator compared to older models.

3. Are you looking for dealer support?

Purchasing a new excavator from a dealer comes with the advantage of ongoing customer support as well as warranty coverage, both of which offer peace of mind. Ongoing customer support means that you have access to expert guidance when you need it, and warranty coverage protects your investment should anything unexpected occur with your machine.

4. Will you be wanting to sell it after use?

Investing in a new excavator will reap higher returns than a used unit when it comes to resale value. This is important if you intend to sell your excavator after you’ve made use of it.

To learn more about Sany excavators or available attachments, contact your local dealer at dealers.html

Sany offers a range of top-quality attachments to streamline all earthmoving needs. Image: Sany

The quiet achiever

Semco has released the Takeuchi TB20e, the manufacturer’s first designed-and-built, battery-powered compact excavator.

With the environment in mind, the TB20e excavator is an example of Takeuchi’s enduring legacy of innovation in the compact equipment market.

As national product manager for Takeuchi Australia, Stuart Marriott, explains, the company is committed to environmental stewardship.

“The new battery-powered excavator is designed to help our customers meet their own sustainability goals without sacrificing the performance and reliability they deserve and expect from Takeuchi,” he said.

Similar in performance to Takeuchi’s dieselpowered TB216 compact excavator, the TB20e is powered by lithium-ion battery that offers a continuous working range from four to eight hours, depending on application and environment.

The excavator features an on-board charger with 95v to 265v single-phase power.

Charging options

When operators require additional runtime, they can tether the TB20e to the onboard charger and remain operational.

A faster, optional off-board charger can charge the TB20e in just two to four hours using 408v to 552v three-phase power. An emergency switch located on the seat riser prevents the machine from operating or charging when activated.

Stuart said a key feature of the TB20e was that it is a zero emission and low noise level compact excavator with the same performance features and capabilities as diesel powered machines in the same class.

The TB20e has an operating weight of 1930kg with a maximum dig depth of 2388mm and a maximum reach of 4064mm. A primary hydraulic circuit plumbed to mid-arm delivers 34L/m for running a hydraulic hammer or other hydraulically driven attachments.

Because the TB20e has no engine,

maintaining the excavator is simple, with fewer moving parts and no need for fuel filters, engine oil, engine oil filters or coolant.

Power for productivity

“The TB20e is an exciting addition to Takeuchi’s constantly evolving line of products,” Stuart said.

“For customers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint while still being able to get jobs done on time and with minimal downtime, the Takeuchi TB20e provides an abundance of productivity and a reduction of overall operating costs that are associated with traditional dieselpowered construction equipment. It’s also ideal for rental companies.

“It has designed the TB20e to help customers with an excavator that delivers outstanding features, unmatched performance, excellent

serviceability and great value – along with all the unique benefits that a battery-powered machine has to offer.”

It is ideal for use in areas that have both noise and emissions restrictions such as in and around schools, neighbourhoods, hospitals, and municipalities.

An onboard charger is able to not only charge the machine during breaks and at the end of the work day, it also allows the operator to work while tethered. Also available is an offboard charger that can be used to charge the TB20e in a relatively short amount of time.

The TB20e is work ready and demonstrates its Takeuchi pedigree, whether it be its rugged all steel construction or the retractable undercarriage which enables the TB20e to work in confined areas and pass through openings as narrow as 980mm.

Stuart said the Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM) telematics system comes standard on the TB20e with free access throughout the machine’s two-year standard warranty period.

TFM reduces downtime and controls costs by providing remote diagnostics and scheduled maintenance reminders along with customisable alert settings.

It also supplies owners and operators with valuable information about machine health, run time (hours) and location.

Owners can geofence their machines, protecting and securing their investments.

Additional TFM coverage may be purchased separately and is included in Takeuchi’s P3 extended warranty plans.

For further information, call Semco on 1800 685 525 or visit

A primary hydraulic circuit plumbed to midarm delivers 34L/m for running hydraulicallydriven attachments. Images: Semco The excavator is ideal for use in areas that have both noise and emissions restrictions such as in and around schools, neighbourhoods, hospitals, and municipalities.
If it’s round, OTR will make it
When heavy industry operators need reliable and robust construction wheel products, OTR Tyres-Wheels-Axles is often the first point of contact.

OTR is renowned for manufacturing robust, high-quality wheels, axles and tyres for the construction, mining, industrial and agricultural markets.

This strength and scale is best exemplified by OTR’s construction wheel range. The business stocks the most comprehensive range of wheels for mining and earthmoving equipment, with major brands including Bell, Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Volvo.

Manufactured with the most durable materials on the market, it includes industrial and port wheels, mobile crane wheels, bulk haulage wheels and custom designed construction wheels.

OTR product manager and business development manager Greg Lowe, who leads the development of business in the mining, construction and industrial product market segments, said the business didn’t just make products: it also carried out testing and repairs, including wear and damage assessment, MPI testing, repainting and recertification, or full wheel repair.

“OTR products can be found in all off-road applications across Australia, including mining, construction, industrial, agricultural, and even military vehicles,” he said.

They include wheels and tyres that suited skid steers, articulated dump trucks, wheel loaders, graders and backhoes.

“We have thousands of different wheel options available for the construction market, and with a tyre to suit every option,” Greg said.

And while off-the-shelf stock is critical, if OTR doesn’t have an item in stock, it can manufacture it.

“We have two dedicated manufacturing facilities right here in Australia. We also produce custom wheel designs. If it is round, we will make it,” Greg said.

“Our customers include many OEMs, aftermarket replacement, or customers who are looking for a solutions provider and better product that will provide them with a better cost per hour per kilometre.

“The earthmoving industry is competitive, with new brands frequently entering the

Australian and international market, or existing brands rolling out new models.

“This isn’t a problem for OTR, as we can cater to all needs. If we don’t have a product in our range, we have the ability to design and manufacture it.

“We are currently manufacturing custom axles, wheels and supplying tyres to an overseas client who is manufacturing a large grain ship loader. As part of the process, our engineering team has worked closely with the client’s engineering team to come up with the specific axles and wheels that aren’t available off the shelf. This is one of our main strengths of OTR being a local manufacturer.”

This versatility is further supported by OTR’s nation-wide coverage, with branches around the country, with an experienced team that can assess clients’ needs.

OTR has six branches based in Western Australia and another four on the east coast in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

“We’re the only Australian manufacturer, with an experienced team on the ground across the country, meaning we can engineer all our products specifically for Australian conditions,” Greg said.

“Our team is across all the issues customers might encounter with their wheels and tyres. We’re able to rectify any issues with OEM products, then manufacture better, stronger alternatives.”

OTR continually works with customers to improve the designs.

“The wheel is the most integral part of a tyred vehicle. Every aspect of design and development is unique for each application,” Greg said.

Through research and development, OTR is always looking for ways to improve the performance and efficiency of its products.

The experienced sales team are also always on hand to assist with wheel and tyre needs.

“From a new wheel, through to recertification of your wheel needs, talk to our team, we have the experience to guide you,” Greg said.

With the Australia-wide coverage, OTR delivers quality products and service with fast turnaround times.

All wheels and rims go through full inspection and testing process. OTR testing and repairing processes are in accordance to AS4457.1 standards.

“Our in-house wheel inspection, repair and recertification services are performed by our fully trained staff carrying out the recertification process and ensure wheels meet the reverent standards,” Greg said.

The Australian-owned company operates on core values of integrity, customer service and getting the job done safely.

Formed in 2017, the business acquired Titan Australia in 2022.

“Titan Australia, now OTR, has been a successful operational business in Australia for over 25 years, manufacturing wheels and axles with facilities across the country supporting all market sectors,” Greg said.

OTR stocks the most comprehensive range of wheels for mining and earthmoving equipment. Images: OTR OTR carries out testing and repairs at its facilities, including wear and damage assessment, MPI testing, repainting and recertification, or full wheel repair.

Coming clean

When it comes to cleaning trucks, earthmoving equipment and other large machinery, Spitwater high pressure, hot and cold water cleaners stand out as the ultimate solution.

Spitwater has been a trusted brand in the pressure cleaning industry for more than 40 years.

Its range of high pressure hot and cold water cleaners is delivering real solutions in heavy duty use.

Offering the largest range of these types of cleaners on the Australian market, the line is known for its unmatched performance, durability, and reliability.

A number of key features set the Australianmade pressure cleaners apart from other brands.

One of these is Interpump, the highly reliable Italian made pump, designed and engineered for high performance and reliability.

Another feature is a water cooling tank, which works like a radiator in a car, allowing the water to be returned to tank in trigger closed (by-pass) mode, protecting the pump from overheating.

All these carefully designed features combine to deliver benefits and real solutions to Spitwater users.

The range includes a number of variants, to ensure delivery of the right solution, for the cleaning job to be done.

For instance, the entry level hot water medium-duty model 10-120H delivers 10 l/min at 120 bar (1740 psi) pressure and temperature of 90⁰C.

This 240V, 15A machine delivers ideal cleaning solutions for small fleet truck and excavator operators.

At the other end of the range is one of the most popular machines, model SW2021, delivering 21 l/min at 200 bar (2900 psi).

This model offers quality performance and delivers ideal cleaning solutions for big truck fleets, large earthmoving equipment and similar large jobs to be done.

There are additional three fully portable models, two powered with petrol and three with diesel engines, including the model SW15-200SDES silent diesel machine, delivering 15 l/min at 200 bar (2900 psi) at the very quiet 62 dB(A).

All Spitwater hot and cold water cleaners offer both mild and stainless steel heating coil option.

Heating coils are made from seamless tube with the stainless steel coil made from 304, Schedule 80 tube.

Spitwater hot and cold water cleaners have

a horizontally mounted heating coil with the Australian-made diesel fired burner. This key feature delivers cleaner burn and less sooting, resulting in hotter water and less maintenance.

The Spitwater brand promise, TOUGH + READY, identifies the passion and persistence the company brings to everything it does and every product it manufactures.

TOUGH encompasses Spitwater products which are resilient and built to last, made from the ground up to be tough.

READY speaks to the company’s commitment to building connections that will build confidence for customer and partner community.

Spitwater high pressure, hot and cold water cleaners are available from capital city distribution centres in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, sales and service centres in Burleigh Heads and Albury as well as dealers in major rural centres Australia wide.

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Spitwater’s range of high pressure hot and cold water cleaners provides real solutions in heavy duty use. Image: Spitwater

Innovative for Shore

Shore Hire has come up with an innovative shoring system that uses hydraulic beams to fit trenches of various shapes and sizes.

Shoring refers to using a solution or product to support an excavation and/or reinforce a trench, a process which typically involves a shoring box being braced against two sides of a trench to retain the cut excavation face.

But while traditional shoring systems, such as the boxes, are an essential part of construction projects and the industry, they are not without their limitations.

One of the problems of using larger shoring boxes is their weight when fully built, leading to challenges with transportation, handling, and installation.

This is due to the heavy equipment required to move and manoeuvre the boxes around a construction site. Their heavy weights can also cause traditional shoring systems to have limited adjustability, due to their fixed dimensions, sizes, and panel lengths.

This lack of adjustability can pose several limitations, such as the shoring box having to align with precise excavation dimensions due to site constraints. This can be expensive and lead to delays in a project.

Another limitation is that shoring boxes come in set sizes and are only adjustable by way of variable strut sizes. If greater than normal depths or load capacities are required, or if the excavation is a unique shape, the fixed capacity and geometry of trench boxes can limit the operator, especially in tighter access sites.

Crossing services across an excavation

The Shore Brace system can be designed to support rectangle, square, or multi-sided excavations up to 15m without cross supports.

trench is another obstacle where shoring boxes can be limiting in some cases due to the enclosed face of the panel.

These limitations may lead to increased labour costs, longer project durations, and an inability to complete certain applications, especially excavations that are quite large, and where safety issues need to be enhanced due to scale and, therefore, may require a more controlled method of installation.

The amazing brace

Australian equipment hire business Shore Hire recognised the constraints and set out to develop a better solution, taking on board a large amount of customer feedback and implementing its own best practices in product development.

As Shore Hire Chief Executive Officer Ashley Lancaster explains, this ultimately led to the creation of its innovative hydraulic bracing

The Shore Brace 400 is a modular hydraulic bracing system comprising of extension beams of various sizes. Images: Shore Hire

system named The Shore Brace 400.

“The Shore Brace 400 is a modular hydraulic bracing system comprising of extension beams of various sizes,” he said.

“These beams are double-pinned and connected to a high-load 1250kN capacity hydraulic ram. The system can be designed to support rectangle, square, or multisided excavations up to 15m without cross supports, and potentially further beyond these dimensions dependent on the engineering design.”

In true Shore Hire fashion, the product innovation is iterative, meaning soon after launching the Shore Brace 400 to market, a need for a high capacity hydraulic strut was identified.

The new solution addressed the need to eliminate the often cumbersome requirement for multiple cross-bracing props to be used.

“So, Shore Hire developed the Shore Strut 400. This 1250kN hydraulic strut is the perfect complimentary product to the Shore Brace 400 system and has quickly become a core part of Shore Brace 400 engineered designs,” Ashley said.

“It’s powerful, resourceful and made and engineered right here in Australia.

“One notable benefit is enhanced efficiency, which can be achieved through the system’s versatility.

“This allows for the combination of various sizes to cater to a wide range of excavation applications and shapes.

“With the Shore Brace and the Shore Strut, much larger and more complex perimeter support projects can be supported, typically by bracing trench sheets, sheet piles or concrete piles, and capping beam shoring walls.

“The bracing system can also be used for a huge variety of trench shoring applications, including large tank installations, interceptor chambers, pump stations, stormwater pits, gross pollutant traps, bore pits, lift wells, and more.”

Another substantial benefit of the Shore Brace is the reduction of labour requirements.

The system promotes time and cost savings by enabling the pre-building of equipment when feasible, optimising efficiency and greatly reducing space requirements on-site.

The inclusion of a motorised standard hydraulic pump also greatly simplifies ram adjustment, streamlining install and removal processes for greater productivity.

Ashley said the Shore Brace 400 also contributed to improved project timelines not only through its suite of features, but also through Shore Hire’s technical on-site team, who guide their customers through the installation process, even providing build drawings for a clear, step-by-step approach.

“This ensures a smooth and efficient project execution, saving time, money, and resources,” he said.

As an example, Ashley cited a hydraulic bracing job at the Melbourne suburb of Mulgrave.

“A large and uniquely shaped excavation there called for an innovative shoring solution on this job,” he said.

“Shore Hire’s expert technical team created a detailed bracing design utilising the Shore Brace 400, while constant site visits and customer support led to a safely and efficientlydelivered project.”

Feeding on feedback

Shore Hire applies customer-centric approach to product development, valuing feedback as one of the most crucial assets.

The business engages with customers regularly, gathering insights on product performance, safety nuances, and overall usability.

“This feedback is then methodically incorporated into research and development initiatives, making sure every product reflects the evolving needs and challenges of the industry,” Ashley said.

“In the development of the Shore Brace 400 alone, Shore Hire actively sought out feedback from engineers, civil customers, and experts in the hydraulic bracing space.

“This invaluable input provided a rich understanding of real-world challenges and application scenarios.

“Consequently, the Shore Brace 400 was crafted with innovative features, addressing specific industry challenges, underscoring the dedication to customer-driven innovation.”

Within Shore Hire’s engineering department is a dedicated product development team that employs modelling programs like Revit, Inventor and CAD.

This allows the team to visualise and scrutinise every aspect of the product in intricate detail before they even reach the manufacturing stage.

“By taking a meticulous approach, Shore Hire can spot potential areas of improvement, optimise functionality, and guarantee that every solution is perfectly aligned with the needs of customers and industry standards,” Ashley said.

“As a leader in the temporary works industry, Shore Hire places great importance on staying up-to-date with industry trends and emerging technologies.

“This proactive approach not only helps meet the current needs of customers, but also enables the team to anticipate and solve for future problems that may arise.”

To find out more about Shore Hire’s innovative solutions and approach to ideation, sustainable design and best practice prototyping, go to: https:// to download the full white paper Innovations in Modern Excavation Support Systems

The Shore Hire team is dedicated to sustainable and responsible temporary works solutions. Shore Hire’s approach to solution ideation and innovation emphasises combining customer feedback and market research.

Setting the trend in quick couplings

Stucchi, formed by brothers Innocente and Lorenzo Stucchi in Italy in 1960, continues to lead the world in coupling innovation with the VT Rot-Loc.

Stucchi has, over the years, branched out from its Italian headquarters to establish an international presence, building a reputation as one of the principal innovators in the quick couplings sector in the process.

In 2013, Stucchi’s Australian branch, Stucchi FCP, was formed, consolidating the company’s presence in the Oceania region. The head office is in Victoria, with subsidiary offices in Queensland and WA, which preside over a network of distributors throughout the country and New Zealand.

Getting it right

In 1977 Stucchi commenced production of quick couplings, specifically designed for conducting fluids under pressure. A commitment to research and development was, and is, a driving factor in Stucchi’s success, with the company bringing its first flat-face quick couplings to market in 1983.

Connections are one of the most sensitive points in hydraulic systems, and in the earthmoving industry failure of a connection system could lead to accidents, financial losses, expensive repairs and environmental contamination.

Production benefits and sustainable operations

Flat-face coupling systems are designed to deliver sustainable and efficient operations, sporting a design which includes a flat-face valve, spring mechanism, safety closing system and specific seals, minimising fluid

loss during disconnection.

The elimination of the intermediate space between the male and female couplers prevents fluid from gathering in the coupler and leaking into the environment. In addition, leak-free flat-face couplers can provide a range of performance benefits (and other associated benefits), which include:

• Minimising fluid leakages and clean-up

• Increasing equipment uptime Preventing contamination, and

• Eliminating external quick-coupler contamination.

Research and development in the quickcoupling industry, with Stucchi at the forefront, is advancing beyond functionality and focusing on leak-free quick-coupler development.

Efficiency, safety and performance

Stucchi strongly believes in and supports environmentally sustainable practices, and is

Stucchi’s product lines deliver efficiency, safety, and performance benefits, combined with nospill technology to minimise environmental contamination. Images: Stucchi

committed to the development of innovative and efficient hydraulic quick-coupling solutions. Stucchi’s flat-face coupler design met ISO 16028 standards in 1999.

Stucchi’s comprehensive product range, covering a wide variety of applications, includes:

• FIRG flat face – the original series of flat face couplings, having become the reference for the ISO 16028 standard. Still widely used and recognised today by the major global manufacturers of hydraulic machines and equipment

• Series A flat face – features an internal design combined with a high-resistance material, paving the way for a higher operating pressure and minimal pressure drop, with the modular structure providing flexibility across several types of threads or special ports.

VT Rot-Loc

– Stucchi’s latest innovation

Stucchi’s multi-year experience in screw-toconnect flat-face couplings has led to the creation of VT, the new, top-of-the-line series for this kind of coupling.

Thanks to the design, with the axial bearing integrated in the male coupling and the automatic locking sleeve, the VT series is the right solution for heavy-duty applications. Even under the most severe pressure impulses, vibration and rotation of the hoses, the correct functionality of the couplings is guaranteed.

Stucchi’s flat-face APM and A_HD lines, together with its flat-face screw VEP and VT lines, offer premium connection solutions, allow for connection when residual pressure is present, and are designed for operation in the most severe conditions.

When the going gets tough in demanding operating conditions, Stucchi’s product lines deliver efficiency, safety, and performance benefits, combined with no-spill technology to minimise environmental contamination.

Flat-face coupling systems are designed to deliver sustainable and efficient operations.
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Going with the flow

ToolKwip has released what is possibly the ultimate water cart trailer, specifically designed to suit the demands of rugged Australian sites.

The importance of the humble water cart trailer cannot be understated.

They play a crucial role in various industries and applications due to their versatility and importance in transporting and distributing water.

At construction sites, of course, they’re commonly used to suppress dust, control soil compaction, and keep construction materials moist. They help maintain a safe and efficient working environment by reducing airborne particles that can pose health risks to workers and nearby residents.

In mining and quarrying operations, water cart trailers are used for dust control to comply with environmental regulations and ensure the safety of workers, while also assisting in controlling dust generated during material extraction and processing.

Other uses include road maintenance, where they’re indispensable for providing water for activities such as compacting soil, stabilising gravel roads, and controlling dust on highways; and in agriculture, where the trailers are used for irrigation purposes, especially in areas where there's limited access to water sources or during periods of drought. They are also utilised for watering livestock, lessening dust spread in barns and stables, and helping fight fires.

So it’s vital that the quality of water cart trailers used in any operation can’t be compromised. And that’s where Toolkwip Pumps comes in.

The family-owned and operated business specialises in the supply of pumps, filtration and flow meters to industrial, civil construction, quarries and mining applications.

It’s a major stockist and distributor for leading brands, with new pumping products constantly sourced and evaluated for features, innovative design, quality and value to provide the market with products that, as the business states, are “simply better”.

Among these releases is the FLO-KWIP Dust King™ water cart trailer, which has been specifically designed to suit the demands of rugged Australian sites.

There are four models currently available, catering for volumes of 1000, 1200, 1500 and 2000 litres respectively, along with a range of slip-on units up to 17,000 litres.

The unit uses an Australian-made water cartage tank, heavy duty fully galvanised trailer with Landcruiser stud pattern wheels, and LED lights.

Features include:

• ‘ Twin-impeller’ high pressure pump powered by a genuine Honda petrol engine

• 2 ” rear-deflector spray with the option of remote control, so that the spray can be turned on and off from the vehicle cab

The unit comes with an optional pressure blaster. Image: ToolKwip

• Heavy duty spring-rewind hose reel, fitted with 30m hose and adjustable nozzle

• Safety ball baffle system

The Dust Kings are easily transportable around locations or around the work site.

The dust spray can be controlled by a remote control from within the vehicle, or it can be parked and manually operated with an optional pressure blaster. This is also ideal for washing down machinery on sites.

As an added bonus, the cart trailers are fully customisable to customer requirements, with plenty of optional extras available as needed. These include:

• Suction hose and rack

• 6 metre suction hose with strainer so that the pump can be used for ‘self-filling’ the tank

• Galvanised rack for storage of suction hose

• Remote dust spray control

• Electric solenoid valve for the dust spray

• Hand-held remote allowing the dust spray to be turned on and off from the cabin of the vehicle

• Upgrade to all-terrain tyres

• Ideal for use on rough terrain and/or muddy sites

• Gives the trailer that added ‘tough look’

• E xtra grip for safety

• Diesel-powered pump upgrade

• Electric start

• Yanmar diesel engine

• Spray bar

• Quality steel construction

• Perfect for dust suppression on construction sites

• Pressure spray for road cleaning

• Dribble spray bar for dust suppression

• Petrol-powered pressure blaster

• Choose from a range of pressure blasters that can be included on your trailer

• Upgrade to professional washdown gun

• Selectable spray patterns

• Aluminium construction with stainless steel components

• High efficiency so you can work faster

For more information, call the Toolkwip Team on 03 8805 0500 or visit the website, email: sales@


Tiger Buckets and Attachments: A roaring trade

In the industry for more than 20 years, Tiger Buckets and Attachments claims to manufacture some of the best, heavy-duty earthmoving attachments in the world.

The Australian-owned, family-run business boasts experience in engineering, design and manufacturing, with a commitment to meticulous design and build quality products all in-house and specifically for local conditions.

Tian Zhang gives himself the title of Sales and Marketing Manager at Tiger Buckets and Attachments, but in actual fact it’s he and his family who have established the company.

Tian was head Production Manager and his father was a leading engineer at a big national earthmoving attachments manufacturing plant for many years.

With their combined knowledge and understanding of the industry, the pair set out to create their own attachments for the construction, quarry, mining, demolition, agricultural, waste and recycling industries, giving birth to Tiger Buckets and Attachments.

Valuing their quality and workmanship in the highest regard, the Tiger team construct all their products directly from their facility in Minto, south-west of Sydney.

They keep their operation tight and efficient, and because they aren’t a mass-marketing global corporation, customers get a more personal service and are able to deal directly with the owner, designer and manufacturer.

The business crafts excavator buckets of all shapes and sizes, for all applications and for all types of machinery. They also produce an impressive assortment of other implements: for example rippers, rakes, rock grabs,

rebuilds,” Tian said.

Tiger offers warranties with every make and model, although the business has all the confidence that its products will never fail in normal working environments.

“In saying this, with our fully equipped workshop and factory trained welders and fabricators, we can help with repairs and

“This service is great for taking old, worn-out buckets or attachments and turning them into useful refurbished tools.

“The only thing that lasts longer than our product is our commitment to customer service and satisfaction.”

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A tried and tested trio

Dwayne Kerrison of Orana Enterprises in Tasmania owns a fleet of Tigercat machinery, and his experience with both Tigercat and dealer Onetrak made the decision to purchase the newest 632H skidder an easy one.

Orana Enterprises is a family-owned Tasmanian-based business that provides services to both customers and landowners in the Tasmanian forestry industry. Those services include the harvesting and hauling of timber through to the unloading of the timber at some customer sites.

The fleet

Orana’s team is currently working on an essential project that involves native-forest thinning.

The selective removal of individual trees is an active forest-management and climateadaptation tool crucial to support forest health and resilience and is aimed at improving or maintaining the ecological value of the forest. As Orana’s Dwayne Kerrison pointed out, “We have five sites doing this kind of work, and at these operations we use a feller buncher, harvester, skidder and log loader.”

Dwayne also said they’ve owned other wellknown brands of skidders, but the majority of the skidder fleet is now Tigercat, and includes two 630Ds, one 632E, and three 632Hs (the latest model) which Orana has been very happy with.

Excellent service

According to Dwayne, Orana’s decision to upgrade to the latest Tigercat 632H skidder was necessitated by an older machine which had reached the end of its serviceable life. With

Orana already familiar with the Tigercat range and having a large fleet of Tigercat equipment, it was an easy decision to purchase the latest model skidder.

Dwayne said that partnering with Onetrak was a smart business choice due to its extensive availability, excellent deals, and reliable backup and support.

“Our initial contact with Onetrak was in around 2014 or 2015 when we required a feller buncher and a couple of skidders to complete a high-production plantation hardwood job,” he said.

“Onetrak and Tigercat provided us with excellent solutions as we began to transition a large portion of the fleet to purpose-built products, moving away from excavators with attachments.

“We were, and still are, very pleased with Onetrak’s services."

Long life

Orana has always been aware of the reputation and superiority of Tigercat equipment. Dwayne talked about starting out and how his company didn’t initially have enough work or money to justify the capital outlay for a Tigercat machine. However, experience in the high-production hardwood plantation job proved the overall value of Tigercat equipment.

Dwayne said that, as they gained experience in those early years, they soon realised that the ‘cheap’ machines were only cheap to purchase. In the long run, high maintenance costs and retained value weren’t as good with some of the cheaper gear. It can end up costing more.

The asset life expectation on the excavator with attachments was around five years,

and the Tigercat purpose-built machines are working harder for longer.

“We have harvesters that have been working eight years already and are still on the front line, basically doubling the life expectancy of the cheaper machines. They’ll easily wear out two harvester heads," Dwayne said.

“Our operators especially love the H model skidder. It’s roomier, with turnaround seat controls, fantastic visibility and heaps of power, which they love."


The biggest change in the new model is the cabin, manoeuverability, low noise and high comfort levels, which are greatly appreciated by Orana’s operators.

“Our experience with Onetrak and Tigercat has been fantastic,” Dwayne said.

“They are wonderful to work with, responsive to the needs of their customers and willing to have tough conversations when necessary. If issues arise, they are quick to resolve them in a timely and effective manner, understanding the urgency of getting the job done and getting the machine up and running quickly.

“In addition, Tigercat's Steve Green offers exceptional technical support in Australia. Dave Hazell, the Managing Director of Onetrak, is accessible if required and capable of making swift decisions. We also have other contacts within Tigercat if necessary, which makes a big difference."

Onetrak is the official dealer for Tigercat equipment in Australia. Visit or call 1300727 520 to get in touch with Onetrak and the team.

Onetrak is ensuring Tigercats purr for Orana Enterprises. Tigercat purpose-built machines work harder for longer. Image: Onetrak
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Improving recovery rates

ALLU crusher buckets are a new heavy-duty range of hydraulic attachments purpose-built to meet the requirements of the demolition, quarrying and recycling industries.

Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is the third largest waste stream in Australia, behind municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial waste.

While there’s growing recognition in the industry that recycling C&D waste reduces the need for virgin resources, the national resource recovery rate in 2020-21 was still only 63 per cent, according to the National Waste Report 2022 prepared for the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

One tool that can help improve C&D recovery rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill is the range of crusher buckets manufactured by ALLU.

ALLU Area Sales Manager Sami Rahman said the heavy-duty range of hydraulic attachments can be used in the effective recycling of troublesome materials.

“The ALLU Crusher effectively crushes different materials found in construction and demolition waste, such as concrete brick and rocks, pavement concrete blocks and pavers,” Sami said.

“The crusher works in two directions –forward mode for dry material and reverse mode for wet material – which helps to avoid jamming or bridging of the material. Reverse mode is particularly suited for asphalt crushing.”

Sami said the ALLU Crusher has long-

lasting jaw plates and because there are no external parts affecting the material flow while loading, there is minimal wear and breakage.

All ALLU crushers have direct drive motor

The ALLU Crusher range enables hard rock and often troublesome demolition materials and construction waste to be reduced onsite resulting in less material sent to landfill, lower transport costs and less reliance on virgin materials. Images: ALLU

hydraulics resulting in less belts and maintenance of the belts. The flywheel and belt drive are placed inside the unit to keep them safe from wear.

A unique feature of the buckets is the ability to change the discharge size quickly (within three to five minutes) by simply removing the adjusting pin in the back and repositioning it to one of the numbered holes on the frame.

“The ALLU crusher will reduce waste volume by crushing it down to 16 different sizes starting at 0-16 milimetres, for the smallest fragment, up to the largest fragment of 0-200mm,” Sami said.

ALLU crusher buckets come in various sizes and capacities to accommodate different machines and applications.

“They can be easily mounted on excavators and wheel loaders and used for primary and secondary crushing tasks, providing a costeffective solution for material processing tasks,” Sami said.

A low speed and high torque motor ensures a quick start even when the crusher is fully loaded.

ALLU Crusher Buckets are easy to handle and are suited to tight and limited areas. They’re also available for skid steers from four to six tonnes.

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Punch in a package

A compact Huski skid steer from Toyota has proven to be among the most popular items for a new mini-plant equipment hire company.

The newly-formed Kaspar Hire has seen firsthand the benefit of adding Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) equipment to its fleet, after purchasing a Huski skid steer which has already become a hit with customers.

Kaspar Hire director Paul Kasparsons is no stranger to material handling and excavation equipment, having worked in the civil construction industry for 20 years before starting Kaspar Hire in the second half of 2023.

Based in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs, Kaspar Hire added a Toyota Huski 4SDK4 skid steer loader to its burgeoning fleet late last year, which has impressed both Paul and customers alike with its compact and powerful performance.

He said the Huski skid steer packs a considerable punch in a package.

“At least two, maybe three clients have come back were quite surprised at how effective the machine was,” Paul said.

“They made comments like, ‘it's a little beast of a machine’, so that was pleasing to hear. And then I’ve used it a few times, and I've managed to dig up or excavate a few backyards with the actual machine and I was able to dig a good 200-250mm into the ground with no issues at all into the clay, and that was quite impressive as well.”

Paul said that out of the five machines currently on his fleet, the Huski has been the most popular, with its narrow dimensions perfectly suited to residential and domestic

landscaping which require the ability for machinery to move in and out of tight spaces.

When choosing a skid steer loader for his business, he said the Huski was not only keenly priced next to its competitors.

“I’m speaking from years of first-hand experience with the reliability of Toyota products,” he said.

Kaspar Hire currently uses a Toyota HiLux to tow and deliver Paul’s hire equipment to customers, while the first vehicle he ever owned was a 60 Series LandCruiser.

Due to its popularity with customers, the Huski skid steer has already chalked up 130 hours of operation, with the first service performed by TMHA’s knowledgeable service and repair team, who were also able to fix some minor damage caused by a customer.

“I had the 50-hour service a little while ago through Toyota Material Handling, and that was no issue,” Paul said.

“The service itself was fine. The fellow that came out was good and knowledgeable. At the time the 4-in-1 bucket wasn’t closing properly – I think someone had dented the underside of the bucket – and the technician just adjusted it and delivered a grinding here and there, and fixed it.

“That was good as well. So anything that had to get done could get done.”

TMHA offers an extensive network of over 350 service technicians across the country, ensuring customers are able to access fast and

reliable service and repairs when needed to minimise equipment downtime.

The purchase of the Huski skid steer loader was facilitated by TMHA area sales manager Mick Holohan, who has provided comprehensive support for Kaspar Hire through the sales and ownership process.

“I dealt predominantly with Mick, and he was great throughout the whole process – I was shopping around, had a couple of questions and, you know, bits and pieces,” Paul said.

“For him it would have been quite challenging, because I'm one of many clients that he's probably trying to sort out, and it was great. And he's still great today, even if I’ve got the odd question about something. So he's still responding to my questions even to this day. So that's great.”

Kaspar Hire has plans to continue slowly expanding its business, and with the popularity of the Huski skid steer, Paul is keen to add another one to the fleet.

“I've said this before that the next machine that I buy will probably be another little skid steer because they are so popular. The machine has been great, and I don't think I'd choose another machine at this stage,” he said.

“There's nothing wrong with the Toyota Huski, I'd recommend it and my next machine will probably be the same machine.”

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Paul Kasparsons says while the Huski skid steer may be smaller in size than others, it packs a considerable punch in a package. Image: Kaspar Hire

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It is essential that the undercarriage fits the tracks of machines to ensure compatibility and maximum performance. Images: TVH

Parts and parcel for undercarriages

It’s important to choose the right components for construction equipment undercarriages to ensure maximum performance.

Out of sight is often out of mind … and so it is understandable that the undercarriages of plant and equipment are often neglected.

Yet choosing the right undercarriage parts for construction equipment is essential to ensure optimal performance.

The undercarriage is responsible for supporting the weight of the equipment and absorbing shocks and vibrations, providing traction and stability.

Finding the right replacement parts isn’t always easy: there are no international standards for the measuring of tracks and every brand has its own system for undercarriage parts.

Parts specialist TVH carries a wide range of componentry for undercarriages to suit the various kinds of construction equipment around.

To help make the right choice, TVH category manager Steven Huyghebaert explores some of the factors to consider when choosing the appropriate fit.

Equipment type and size

According to Steven, the first factor to consider when choosing an undercarriage is the type and size of the construction equipment.

“Different types of equipment, such as miniexcavators and compact track loaders, require different undercarriages to ensure optimal performance,” he said.

“It is essential that the undercarriage fits the tracks to ensure compatibility and maximum performance.

“Moreover, the undercarriage of miniexcavators and compact track loaders is a complex system of sprockets, idlers, bottom rollers and top rollers.

“Each of these components plays a critical role in ensuring the machine's efficiency and longevity.”

A mini excavator rubber track with bottom roller.

Track sprockets for driving precision

TVH offers specially designed track sprockets that work seamlessly with the chain links of compact track loaders and mini-excavators.

"Made from durable metal, these sprockets feature unified gear rings and metal inner rings with either pressed hubs or bolt holes,” Steven said.

“Proper installation of sprockets is vital as they facilitate the connection between two chain links, driving the chain and ensuring smooth machine performance.”

Track rollers for ultimate support

Steven also highlighted TVH's track rollers, which are meticulously developed to meet stringent requirements, incorporating special seals and reinforced flanges.

“Top rollers provide support for the tracks, they prevent the track from sagging. While bottom rollers carry the full weight of the machine, they maintain clearance height and minimise stress on other components such as

sprockets and front wheels,” he said.

"Our various types of bottom rollers are designed for specific applications, delivering enhanced stability, traction, and reliable operation.”

Track idlers to maintain tension and alignment

As essential components of small earthmoving equipment, track idlers play a critical role in maintaining proper tension and alignment of the tracks.

“They ensure an optimal vehicle weight distribution, which reduces strain on individual components,” Steven said.

"TVH offers track idlers with various design features, ensuring exceptional quality and reliability for different machinery types.”

Maintenance requirements

Maintenance requirements are also a critical consideration when choosing the right undercarriage.

Steven said that some undercarriages required more frequent maintenance than others, which can affect the total cost of ownership.

“Regular maintenance is a must and will increase the lifespan of the undercarriage,” he said. “Part of the maintenance program includes changing the oil for the hydraulic track motors and checking the track tension and alignment.

“Tracks also need routine inspection and replacement. Make sure to check out our online brochure about maintenance for rubber tracks and undercarriage parts.”

Tracking down tracks

“At TVH, we understand that the undercarriage of your equipment is the backbone of its performance,” Steven said.

"That's why we provide not only top-quality undercarriage parts, but also the perfect rubber tracks to complement them.

“Explore our selection today and discover the perfect link between undercarriage parts and tracks. Your equipment deserves the best, and you've come to the right place to find it.”

In conclusion

Choosing the right undercarriage for construction equipment is essential to ensure optimal performance, durability, and costeffectiveness.

Like clockwork, each component of the undercarriage plays a critical role in ensuring the machine's efficiency and longevity.

To make the right selection, consider the equipment type and size, maintenance requirements, and environmental conditions.

Finally, when it’s time to replace tracks and undercarriage parts, technical support will come in handy.

TVH offers a popular way to find the right tracks and undercarriage parts via its online shop.

• Go to the MyPartsFinder search function on the TVH online shop at:

• Enter machine details (brand, model, etc)

• Find the parts you need

“And if you’re still not 100 per cent sure which parts you need to order, you can always contact us. Our skilled colleagues are ready to give extra support,” Steven said.

About TVH

TVH is a global one-stop shop for parts and accessories for material handling, industrial, construction and agricultural equipment.

With a global support team comprising 62 different nationalities and 57 spoken languages, the company can offer customer support in many different countries.

Over 50 years, it has grown from two founders to more than 5000 employees, with offices and distribution facilities on every continent. With more than 930,000 different stock items available, TVH continues to grow its inventory, with more accessories and components arriving every day.

The TVH online catalogue can be found here:

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A new exciting chapter for Tilly's

In the world of earthmoving machinery and parts in Australia, Tilly's has been a name associated with reliability, quality products, and exceptional customer service. And now it has new owners.

From its humble beginnings in 1984, Tilly's has consistently delivered on its promise to provide the right part at the right price right now.

Now, with its recent acquisition by USCO ITR Group, Tilly's begins an exciting new chapter that promises to further build the business while staying true to its core values.

The decision for USCO ITR to acquire Tilly's speaks volumes about the success and longevity of the Tilly’s business.

Recognising Tilly's strong market presence, extensive product range and the depth of experience in the 60-strong team, USCO ITR saw an opportunity to integrate Tilly's into its global network, while allowing it to retain both its unique identity and operational independence.

This strategic move signifies not a change in direction for Tilly's, but rather a reinforcement of its commitment to providing quality service and products to its loyal customer base.

Existing customers will know that ITR has long been one of the preferred brands in Tilly’s catalogue of more than 40,000 product lines.

Customers can be assured that Tilly’s will continue to stock all the brands they know and trust, and these will in turn be complemented

by an extended range of quality ITR products. Importantly, while Tilly's gains the backing of a global company, its commitment to personalised customer service remains at the forefront.

Customers can still expect the same level of attention to detail, expertise, and care that the Tilly's team is proud to provide.

Whether it is assisting with parts selection, providing advice, or sourcing hard-to-find

Tilly’s catalogue consists of more than 40,000 product lines. Images: Tilly’s The company stocks an extensive range of new alternative parts, attachments and components.

parts, the dedicated team at Tilly's Toowoomba continues to prioritise the needs of its customers above all else.

In addition to its extensive range of new alternative parts, attachments and components, Tilly’s will continue to offer a range of quality, near-new earthmoving machinery including late-model excavators, loaders, dozers and skid-steers.

Tilly’s extends its service offering with a full refurbishment workshop on site in Toowoomba. Trained mechanics perform complete undercarriage replacements and engine rebuilds right through to final drive or transmission rebuilds.

With preventative maintenance essential to long machine life, the Tilly’s refurbishment team is happy to offer mid-life rebuilds and quality, price-competitive services to customers across Australia.

For Tilly's customers, the purchase of the company by USCO ITR represents more than just a change in ownership; it's a testament to Tilly’s ongoing commitment to excellence.

With the strength and backing of USCO ITR, Tilly's is poised to continue its growth and success, offering customers a powerful combination of quality products, extensive expertise, and personalised service. It's business as usual at Tilly's Toowoomba, but with even greater possibilities on the horizon.

Tilly’s General Manager Lance Hinrichsen said it was with great pride that the business’ strong position and years of success in the Australian market had been recognised and valued by the global leader in the industry, leading to the significant acquisition.

“Becoming part of a global powerhouse allows us to leverage buying influence and quality assurance at a manufacturing level, while retaining our own identity and trusted product offering. That means the best of both worlds for our valued customers,” he said.

A range of Bedrock attachments stocked by Tilly’s. Tilly’s continues to offer highest quality near-new earthmoving machinery.

More power, more productivity, more value

Meet the DH17-B3 X, the burly new bulldozer from UHI.

UHI focuses on the sale of medium and smallsized machinery in Australia. As the company has expanded, it now boasts seven branches across the country, covering the major machinery markets in Australia.

It has progressively enhanced its product range by entering the heavy machinery markets for agriculture and construction.

When compared with similar products from top brands, the UHI DH17-B3 X bulldozer offers a strong price advantage, designed to provide customers with quality and performance that far exceeds its price point.

The UHI bulldozer is targeted at the construction, agriculture, and contractor markets, allowing customers to purchase heavy machinery of comparable quality at significantly lower prices.

The 18-tonne DH17-B3 X bulldozer is powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine of 140kw power at 1800 rpm, with a maximum torque of 900Nm at 1400-1600 rpm.

The hydro-static bulldozer with full hydraulic transmission is equipped with a tilt-blade included as standard equipment. A ripper attachment is also offered as a free bonus.

Engineered to tackle tough tasks in the most challenging environments, the DH17-B3X has a standard forest logging canopy and an optional winch, making it an ideal choice for applications in forestry industries.

The drive system is an independent dual circuit electric control hydrostatic system, with intelligent matching of speed-load, “stepless” variable speed and a mono-lever for control of travel speed up to 10 kilometres per hour.

The machine is equipped with Linde hydraulic components which have been incorporated to create a perfectly integrated power control system for simplified control,

fuel-saving and exceptional operational efficiency.

The bulldozer has a rugged chassis system and track configuration designed to deliver high reliability and extended service life.

Operator comfort and simple maintenance

The machine features an integrated positive pressure cab that ensures a low-noise environment for operator comfort.

An intelligent touch screen panel includes a fault self-diagnosis capability, while the lightweight electro-hydraulic controls provide effortless steering, even under full loads.

The machine lubrication, engine, hydraulic components, electrical components, and other maintenance parts are all arranged on the exterior of the machine to making it very convenient for maintenance or overhaul.

Global support

UHI Machinery is an Australian company that was established in 2018.

It has rapidly expanded its footprint worldwide, with 10 branches worldwide, boasting a customer base of more than 8000 clients.

Specialising in construction machines and agricultural machinery, its philosophy of “small machines, big savings,” reflects its focus on providing top-quality products at affordable prices.

Its product offering spans a range that includes construction machinery to agricultural and even household machinery. For further information, visit

The new dozer comes with a free rippper attachment. The UHI bulldozer offers the opportunity to purchase heavy machinery of comparable quality at significantly lower prices. Images: UHI

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Standing out from the crowd

CJD Equipment presents the powerful and versatile Volvo E-Series excavator range.

When it comes to construction equipment, Volvo is a name that stands out from the crowd.

The new Volvo E Series excavator line-up, particularly the short swing radius models, presents exceptional value, comfort, and versatility, rendering them a great option.

Renowned for elevating productivity and precision, these excavators are tailored to excel in everyday earthmoving and civil construction endeavours.

They are included in an exclusive offer for new Volvo 14-35 tonne excavators purchased before June 30, 2024.

Fuel efficiency and clean performance

An essential advancement of the Volvo E-Series lies in the engine upgrade to meet Stage V emission compliance standards, enhancing fuel efficiency and underscoring Volvo's renowned reputation for delivering high torque at low RPMs.

The upgraded hydraulics system also increases pump power for faster and smoother operations, reducing cycle times and heightened productivity, performance and efficiency.

CJD Equipment's National Product Manager for Volvo Construction Equipment, Hayden Grant, emphasises the E-Series’ fuel efficiency and clean performance, stating that Volvo's commitment to environmental sustainability aligns with the company ethos.

“These machines operate in diverse, often remote, and pristine Australian environments, ensuring that everyone is doing their bit to be environmentally responsible, reducing carbon footprints is really important,” he said.

The Volvo ECR235E, one of the three short

swing models in the E-series range, excels in various applications thanks to its innovative design, advanced technology features, and exceptional fuel efficiency.

Its compact design makes it exceptionally advantageous in tight job sites and urban settings, allowing operators to navigate easily.

Moreover, Volvo's integrated working mode system, now including the G4 mode, optimises fuel efficiency, productivity, and performance, further enhancing its versatility and value on the job.

Short swing radius models for improved safety

The Volvo E-Series short swing excavators, available in 14-tonne (ECR145E), 23t (ECR235E), and 35t (ECR355E) models, are specifically

designed for applications where the excavator needs to operate in tight spaces or near obstacles.

These models feature a narrow body design with a centrally positioned boom, allowing the excavator to get extremely close to objects and reducing the risk of rear damage as it swings.

Grant underscores the significance of these models.

"Short swing radius excavators are a gamechanger for safety," he said.

"Their compact design allows operators to manoeuvre with precision, even in tight quarters where conventional excavators struggle to navigate.

"With reduced swing radius models, such as the Volvo ECR235E, operators can confidently tackle tasks alongside roads or amidst cluttered

The Volvo short-swing ECR235E excels in various applications thanks to its innovative design, advanced technology features, and exceptional fuel efficiency. The ergonomically positioned touchscreen display of the Volvo Co-Pilot allows operators to manage all excavator functions quickly and simply from a single in-cab system.

surroundings. Despite their compact size, these excavators maintain their power, lift capacity, and balance, ensuring productivity without compromise."

Moreover, Volvo's commitment to operator comfort and well-being shines through in the ECR235E's ergonomic cab design.

"The spacious and ergonomically optimised cab prioritises operator comfort and safety, enabling enhanced productivity during long shifts,” he said.

Dig Assist technology for enhanced efficiency

The Volvo E-Series excavators are also available with optional Dig Assist technology, which assists operators in achieving their full potential. This technology utilises the Volvo Co-Pilot incab interface to provide real-time insights into the work, ensuring the highest efficiency and productivity.

The ergonomically positioned touchscreen display of the Volvo Co-Pilot allows operators to manage all excavator functions quickly and simply from a single in-cab system.

This includes selecting modes of operation, programming joystick buttons, and even Bluetooth connectivity. The intuitive control system minimises distractions and keeps the focus on the task at hand.

"Dig Assist offers exceptional control, whether you're digging trenches, levelling sites, or grading slopes, and provides real-time data for a responsive and efficient operating experience,” Grant said.

“Once the pre-set operating limits are met, the Volvo Co-Pilot automatically alerts the operator through audio and visual signals."

Three options for real-time guidance

Dig Assist offers three tech-assisted options to provide real-time guidance for operators and maximise efficiency.

The standard 2D package simplifies the digging process for complex multidimensional sites. Operators can set target depth/s and draw 2D shape designs from the cabin, allowing excavation to begin quickly and accurately.

For site levelling and profiling slopes, the 2D option displays real-time data to clearly show when target depth/slope levels have been achieved, reducing the risk of under/ over-excavation. The operator can visualise the bucket and the machine's position with indicator guidelines on the screen.

Dig Assist can also be upgraded to the mid-range In-Field Design (IFD) option, which provides stronger excavation accuracy using GNSS and RTK navigation technology. Operators can input designs and work to satellite or laser positions, eliminating the need for surveyors to mark out the entire excavation site.

The 3D option incorporates TopCon and Trimble apps into the Co-Pilot interface for more complex and larger-scale projects, enabling a fully functional three-dimensional site solution. Design profiles can be imported from external sources, allowing for more accurate and efficient project execution.

Partnering with CJD Equipment for national product support

An extensive national product support network from Australian distributor CJD Equipment backs the Volvo E-Series excavators.

With strategically placed branches, dealers,

and service centres throughout Australia, CJD Equipment ensures that customers can access timely and reliable support whenever and wherever they need it.

CJD Equipment's partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment spans over 30 years, demonstrating its commitment to providing exceptional customer service and support. This long-standing partnership further enhances the reliability and trustworthiness of the Volvo E-Series excavators and the overall Volvo brand.


With the CJD sales campaign for Volvo E-Series excavators in the 14-35 tonne range, customers can expect exceptional power, versatility, and the latest technology.

These excavators are designed to stand out from the crowd, offering outstanding fuel efficiency, reduced swing radius for improved safety, and optional Dig Assist technology for enhanced efficiency.

The Volvo E-Series excavators, backed by CJD Equipment's national product support network, give customers confidence in their investment.

With their expertise and commitment to customer success, CJD Equipment ensures operators reach their full potential, making the Volvo E-Series excavators the perfect choice for any earthmoving or civil construction job.

For more information about the CJD sales campaign and the Volvo E-Series excavators, visit or contact the nationwide branch and dealer network at 1300 139 804.

An extensive national product support network from Australian distributor CJD Equipment backs the Volvo E-Series excavators.

A new chapter in future construction

In the continuous pursuit of technical innovation and environmentally friendly solutions, XCMG introduces the fully electric GR350EP series Motor Grader, a high-efficiency, intelligent, and ecofriendly solution tailored for modern construction and mining scenarios.

With its leading technical features and design philosophy, the GR350EP series provides unprecedented efficiency, comfort, and safety for construction operations.

XCMG Mining Business Development Manager in Australia, Jason Keays, dives deeper into the core advantages of the electric drives.

The source of power

Jason said the hydraulic system of the GR350EP electric drive product represents the fusion of advanced technologies, with hydraulic power driven from a dedicated hydraulic motor and a combination of piston and gear pumps in series.

“This not only enhances system efficiency but also ensures stable operation under high loads through a separate temperature control cooling mechanism,” he said.

Comfort and eco-friendliness

The design of comfort and zero emission solutions is the driving force for XCMG into the future.

Jason said that with mining companies looking at greener options into the future, XCMG will strive to offer its customers with zero emission new energy equipment.

“This electric Motor Grader will be the first of its kind coming into the Australian market for XCMG,” he said.

Strong and efficient performance

The GR350EP electric product, with its excellent performance and high-efficiency energy control strategy, ensures powerful and eco-friendly operation.

“The high-pressure, large-displacement load-sensitive hydraulic system, matched with a motor efficiency of up to 97 per cent, ensures performance is not diminished even

when multiple tools operate simultaneously,” Jason said.

Durable structural design

From the all-gear transmission mining grader drive rear axle to precision cast components, the GR350EP electric product fully considers durability and reliability in its design.

These innovative designs ensure stability and longevity of the equipment under extreme conditions.

Intelligent operating experience

“Human-centric designs such as the electric pilot driven operation system and pressurised cabin provide operators with supreme comfort and convenience,” Jason said.

“The intelligent integrated monitoring system allows for clear visibility of the equipment's status and operating parameters, ensuring efficient and safe operation.”

Hydraulic power is driven from a dedicated hydraulic motor and a combination of piston and gear pumps in series. Images: XCMG

Comprehensive safety assurance

Safety is at the core of the GR350EP electric product's design.

Multiple safety designs, including a dualcircuit wet brake system, hydraulic action lockout, and leakage protection, provide comprehensive protection for the equipment and operators.


Jason said the GR350EP series of XCMG’s electric products not only represents the new direction of future mining technology, but also marks a significant step towards a more efficient, safer, and greener future.

“We believe the GR350EP electric products will become a key force in reshaping the future of the mining and construction industry, leading it towards a greener, smarter, and more efficient future,” he said.

The GR350EP fully considers durability and reliability in its design. Safety is at the core of the GR350EP electric drive product's design.

Adding versatility to a skid steer

Screening buckets have multiple roles that can boost productivity.


With a combination of agility, manoeuvrability, and a wide range of attachments they can accommodate, skid steers have made themselves indispensable to many worksites. But overcoming the limitations can take them even further. Screening buckets can help enhance the investment by adding flexibility and versatility to the skid-steer ownership.

Pros and cons


• Versatility: skid steers are like a Swiss Army knife of construction equipment. Their compatibility with various attachments makes them invaluable on job sites

• Size: compact design allows skid steers to work efficiently in tight spaces and navigate congested areas with ease

• Attachment variety: from trenchers to forks, there’s an attachment for almost any task, enhancing skid-steer adaptability

• Productivity: skid steers can accomplish multiple tasks, reducing the need for different machines

• Ease of use: intuitive controls make skid steers suitable for operators of varying skill levels.


• Limited lifting capacity: skid steers may not handle heavy lifting as effectively as larger machinery

Rough ride: A smaller frame can lead to a bumpier ride compared to larger equipment, and

• Operating costs: maintenance and fuel costs can add up, impacting overall ownership expenses

The role of screening buckets in skid steer-ownership

Enter screening buckets – an attachment that transforms a skid steer into a productivity powerhouse.

By incorporating a screening bucket like the Flipscreen, skid-steer owners can experience an array of benefits that drastically outweigh the cons.

Benefits of screening buckets for skid steers:

• Cost-efficiency: a screening bucket eliminates the need for separate machines for screening and mixing, saving on operational and maintenance costs

• Waste reduction: precise screening allows

for the retention of valuable materials while reducing waste-disposal expenses

• Increased versatility: the Flipscreen’s ability to handle diverse materials, from sand to scrap metal, enhances the skid steer’s usability across different projects

• Time and labour savings: automating the screening process reduces manual handling, decreasing labour requirements, and

• Innovative solutions: the Mixing Plate in the Flipscreen brings new possibilities. Imagine offering custom mixes for landscaping projects or repurposing materials on-site.

Example: Flipscreen’s unique benefit

Consider a skid-steer owner tasked with landscaping a shooting range. The Flipscreen’s ability to quickly screen out slugs, arrowheads, and other debris from the soil streamlines the process. This unique feature not only saves time but also opens doors to niche services like recycling spent slugs. Such innovative applications set the Flipscreen apart.

A good investment

Owning a skid steer can be incredibly rewarding with the right attachments. Screening buckets, especially the Flipscreen, bring a new level of productivity and versatility to skid-steer owners. With the potential to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and tap into innovative services, it’s clear screening buckets are changing the game for skid-steer ownership.

Learn more about the Flipscreen

Skid Steer Screening Bucket at and unleash the true potential of your skid steer investment.

The Flipscreen allows for precise screening, retaining valuable materials and reducing waste-disposal expense. Images: Flipscreen Skid steers are renowned for their flexibility and Flipscreen enhances their usability.

The good oil

XCMG has partnered with Shell to launch a range of tailored lubricants.

The strategic global partnership leverages the lubrication expertise of Shell with the cuttingedge technology of XCMG to provide stateof-the-art XCMG-branded lubricant solutions that optimise equipment performance, reduce downtime, and enhance operational efficiency.

National Parts and Warehouse Manager for XCMG Mining Equipment Australia, Gary Koglin, said XCMG Australia was excited by the prospect of teaming up with the exclusive Shell Lubricants macro-distributor in Australia, Viva Energy, to bring the XCMG-branded products to customers.

“The launch of XCMG Tailored Lubricants will provide XCMG’s customers with confidence in their lubricant supply and performance,” he said.

Viva Energy Lubricants Sales and Marketing Manager Renee Reilly said that since the establishment of the XCMG Excavator Division in 1999, Shell had been co-operating with XCMG in the field of lubrication.

“In recent years, with the accelerated pace of XCMG's equipment business, Shell and XCMG have strengthened their partnership, jointly launching lubricants tailored for XCMG to bring the best out of XCMG equipment,” she said.

Viva Energy Technical Specialist Silvana Farrugia said lubricants were an indispensable part of the operation of construction machinery.

“The XCMG tailored lubricants developed by Shell will bring even better protection to XCMG's equipment with world-class product standards and quality assurance,” she said.

Lubricants are used to reduce friction, wear and corrosion, and can also remove dirt and deposits inside the machinery, providing protection for industrial equipment, and improving the operating efficiency and life of the equipment.

By stocking genuine XCMG

“Contaminated fluids are known to cause up to 75 per cent of repair costs and equipment downtime, including 65-75 per cent of bearing failures¹. Routine fluid analysis combined with high-quality lubricants developed with Shell Lubricant technology can better protect construction machinery resulting in less downtime,” Silvana said.

Shell has five research and development centres around the world and more than 300 scientists and engineers engaged in the research and development of lubricants and greases.

With the industry's leading technologies, Shell continuously invests in R&D and makes breakthroughs in innovation, always putting customers at the centre of its efforts to provide high-quality products, which have won the praise and trust of its customers around the world.

“Indeed, Shell Lubricants has been named the world’s leading supplier of finished lubricants for the 17th consecutive year by Kline & Company,” said Renee said.

Gary encouraged workshop and equipment owners to get in touch with XCMG Australia.

“By stocking genuine XCMG lubricants, users can be sure that they will have the right oil for their equipment,” he said.

For more information about Shell’s range of XCMG lubricants, contact Gary Koglin directly on 03 9796 3075 or 0423 528 314 or contact Viva Energy, Shell Macro Distributor, Technical Helpdesk on 1300 134 205.

The lubricants will be on show at the National Diesel Dirt &Turf Expo, from April 12th to 14th.

1. Part Marketing & Uptime, World Demolition Summit, October 2023, Toronto, Canada

lubricants, users can be sure that they will have the right oil for their equipment. Images: Shell XCMG-branded lubricant solutions optimise equipment performance, reduce downtime, and enhance operational efficiency.

The leaky pipeline

in the industry as they progress in their careers.

At NAWIC, we take a strategic approach across the career life cycle, starting at high school education and exposure to the industry, through to late career stages advocating for equal opportunities all the way through.

Together, alongside our volunteers, members, industry and government, our goal is to improve the attraction, retention and career growth opportunities for women in construction - advocating for their rights and safety at work, fostering inclusivity and shifting the culture.

To increase female participation in construction, is it essential to address these ‘leaks’ at each stage.

NAWIC’s key strategies include:

Education and awareness:

• High school - Initiatives to raise awareness about construction career options

• Apprenticeships and University studyEnsuring safe learning environments and promoting diversity in educational materials

• Creation of safe workplaces for women

Workplace initiatives:

• Addressing childcare accessibility and workplace flexibility

• Ensuring equitable remuneration

• Providing equitable opportunities for development

• Establishment of a National Gender Equality Strategy

Family and work balance:

• Development of quotas and initiatives for more female teachers in TAFE/University Environments

• Implementation of Cultural Standards by the CICT (Construction Industry Cultural Taskforce)

• Adoption of workplace mentoring and buddy systems

• Provision for female onsite amenities

Remuneration and career growth:

• Affordability and flexibility in childcare for all parents

• Childcare options tailored to onsite hours

• Introduction of portable parental and long service leave

• Encouragement of job share, part-time and work-from-home options

• Elimination of the Gender Pay Gap for women in equivalent positions

Inclusivity and recognition:

• Implementation of career pathway and upskilling strategies for women

• Introduction of the Male Allies Education Program

• Organisational wide D&I (Diversity & Inclusion) training Implementation of provisions for Menopause and Menstruation Policies

• Introduction of executive and board quotas

• Celebration and promotion of the success stories of women in construction, fostering the ethos “You can be what you can see”.

At NAWIC, our vision is to achieve 25 per cent female participation in the construction industry by 2025; we are currently sitting at 12 per cent. While this goal may pose challenges, we are committed to continuing the conversation, breaking down barriers and transforming the construction culture to create a safe and equitable place for women.

Stay connected with NAWIC through our social media platforms @nawicau, The Leaky Pipeline Podcast and through our membership options.

Learn more about our initiatives and the impactful work we do at

NAWIC General Manager Lauren Fahey explains that the industry is facing the gradual loss of women Ensuring equitable remuneration is one of the strategies NAWIC urges to fix the careers leak. Image: NAWIC/iStock NAWIC aims to improve the attraction, retention and career growth opportunities for women in construction. Image: NAWIC

Something has to give

It’s like a slow opening flower as we receive more information from government that reveals the true state of infrastructure delivery in Australia.

For those who are involved with government, either State or Federal, it becomes quite clear that to get any clear bearing on an issue, it is out of your hands –and it takes quite some time for the moons to align for anything to make sense. Thankfully there are some very talented people in the public service who are working hard to make the best out of the evolving policy monster.

As I write this, we still have no outcome of the 60-day review into the infrastructure of the Olympic Games. We do, however, have an executive summary of the 90-day report into infrastructure spending.

The headlines have been the projects which have been cut or delayed and the dollar value assigned to them.

Whilst cuts and delays are unacceptable the real headline is the establishment of the federal infrastructure funding commitment.

On the surface, the reaffirming of the $120 billion pipeline over 10 years looks impressive but it does not address the inflationary impacts on the delivery of infrastructure and the parallel productivity decline in delivering infrastructure.

The federal review established that spending will be capped at $12b per year. There is no allowance for inflation. Year on year each dollar will deliver less infrastructure.

Recommendation 6 of the 90-day review recommends for all federal funding to be provided on a 50/50 split with the states. This means states will need to find an additional 30 per cent for joint funded projects which would have been an 80/20 split.

We can’t lose sight of the fact that when the Morrison Government set the $120 billion 10year pipeline it was prior to the hyperinflation emanating from the policies and environment of the post-COVID era.

For our industry, the Road and Bridge Construction index was approximately 6 per cent over the last calendar year.

Regardless on headline inflation trending towards the RBA target of below 3 per cent, it is expected that there will be a lag before we see parity in construction inflation. This will be driven by demand over supply from the extraordinary pipeline of renewable infrastructure over and above business as usual.

Whilst there is a cost-of-living crisis for households, the current restriction on funding is setting up a greater cost of delivery crisis for infrastructure.

The elephant in the room is the lack of growth, or rather a decline in productivity in our sector. Government policy at both federal and state levels, which has been driven

by the most militant side of the union movement, has measurable productivity declines in excess of 30 per cent.

This means we are delivering 30 per cent less infrastructure of each man hour. This, coupled with inflationary pressure driven by demand exceeding supply, means any cap in spending will have a disastrous effect on the delivery of infrastructure.

To meet current cost over runs, the future cost of infrastructure, and declining productivity, the states will need to provide funding they can’t afford.

If we take Queensland as example, the top competing contenders for state funding is between The Olympic Games, transport, health, crime, renewable energy, education, maintenance and disaster recovery.

The coal prices have dropped and so

has the sugar hit from coal royalties. The population is increasing. State revenue is limited, and the federal government is not only capping infrastructure funding but also requiring the state to add an additional 30 per cent to projects that would otherwise require 20 per cent.

It does not help that out of the blue announcements such as one million homes by 2046 or 70 per cent renewable energy by 2032 are being rolled out on top of the current problem.

Whilst 95 per cent of the new homes and some of the renewable energy infrastructure will be delivered by the private sector, matching public infrastructure will be required.

I doubt if Queensland, any other state, or the Federal Government has the appetite for more debt.

The Queensland Government’s own website boasts a $62b Queensland Energy Jobs Plan.

Something has got to give.

It is time for governments to be truthful to the public about the funding pressures so that sensible decisions can be made about what can be funded and how it can be funded.

Current restriction on funding is setting up a greater cost of delivery crisis for infrastructure. Image: Angelov/AdobeStock

‘Un-slumping yourself’ for the good of all

Allied Earthmovers Association Manager Ann Callaghan talks about juggling multiple demands, handling the tougher times and the vital importance of staying connected.

When you left school way back when, you were probably given the spiel at your graduation assembly about what lies ahead, to follow your dream, and of the opportunities that will be available to you. Did you have plans back then? Did you grasp every opportunity as it came along, or did you let life just happen? Whichever way your life has progressed, it probably hasn’t all been plain sailing.

In the words of Dr Seuss “Oh! The places you’ll go! ... You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights… “Except when you don’t, because sometimes, you won’t”. We don’t usually hear, at graduation, the possible negative side of our future.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr Seuss is recommended reading not only for 5-year-olds, but also for all adults, and especially those going through some turbulent times. It makes you realise that everyone goes through many downs before they can head for the highs and as the doctor says, “when you’re in a slump, unslumping yourself is not easily done.”

According to MATES in Construction, every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives; this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide and construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. MATES is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of

It is important for small business owners to take some time out of their busy schedule to socialise and stay connected. Images: Allied Earthmovers Association

suicide among Australian construction workers.

It is important for everyone to keep connected during “slump” times but the nature of the construction industry seems to promote keeping a brave face and hoping that everyone thinks you have it “all together”. There is no benefit in looking like that person who has his life in perfect order, is collecting the requisite

tradie toys and keeps his dual-cab 4WD ute spick. It can be a difficult façade to maintain and if things aren’t going quite to plan in life, then it can be a stress that is too difficult to bear.

Having a mate or mates you can speak to about life’s problems and mates who know you and don’t care what you own, can help during these slump times. The Golden Bucket Allied Earthmovers Association was started to help earthmoving mates get connected. For over 35 years members have met monthly to speak with like-minded colleagues about issues that affect them all. An opportunity to let off steam away from home to someone that understands exactly where they are coming from, is a luxury that is not available to all. And of course, while having a good ol’ fashioned rant, they are also listening, learning, rationalising and gearing up to deal with the latest industry issue.

It can be very difficult for owners of a small business to adequately attend to home life, business paperwork and compliance, and operating a machine on site. Involving a third party in your business can be a wise investment and joining an industry organisation is an easy, effective, costefficient way of easing the pressure.

If you are an owner operator in the earthmoving construction industry and feel you could do with easing some pressure, why not give us a call. What have you got to lose? Call 0416 110 024 or email

Golden Bucket members’ functions offer the opportunity to catch up with comrades in the industry.
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