Kobelco numbers add up for Sydney contractor

– Sawing and carting up to 600 tonnes of sandstone blocks per day is heavy work, so reliable equipment is essential, according to contractor Andrew Irwin, who chooses Kobelco excavators for his business. Andy’s Earthworks covers the greater Sydney area and he says he relies on Kobelco excavators because they are robust and deliver returns that make good economic sense. His operation runs on the back of eight Kobelco excavators. custodia samsung “Kobelcos are good on fuel, they have good warranties, it’s easy to get parts for them, and they have a realistic price. I am sick of machines that are too much hassle to get parts and services, and are too thirsty and too dear,” he says. Andy’s Earthworks takes on a wide range of contracts, and Andrew’s fleet has a Kobelco for every sized job, including an SK17SR for tight access jobs, and an SK75SR with an offset boom. The biggest machines in the operation are three 20-tonne SK200s. custodia de samsung They are usually based in his quarry, where they saw out blocks of sandstone for retainer walls. cover iphone outlet On a good day they move 600 tonnes, so machine strength and endurance are important. “Kobelco is a steel company so they make a better machine, with stronger steel that lasts longer. The arm of my 20-tonnes is bigger in comparison to other brands. I wouldn’t buy anything else,” Andrew says. cover iphone With Kobelco’s quick-hitch Andy’s staff constantly swap attachments to best meet the job at hand: mud buckets, trenchers, rippers, grabs, hammers and rock saws. “The SK75 is good for jobs where we have to do rock sawing, as the offset means you can get closer in,” he says. “With its short rear swing the operator only needs a 3.0 m working space.” He also has three Kobelco SK135s. Two are long carriage with larger booms and one has an offset knuckle-boom. iphone custodia outlet “The knuckle-boom is for rock-sawing so I don’t have to keep moving.” One feature Andrew singles out in the larger models is the ability they give him to crank up the hydraulics when needed. The operator can choose to run on one pump or two. While Andrew relies on his machines to be strong and gutsy, he says the Kobelco excavators also offer excellent operator comfort. “It’s beautiful inside; everything is adjustable to suit the operator. There’s good air conditioning and it’s a very quiet machine,” he says. The cab layout has been designed so that levers and controls utilise natural arm movements, and safety is enhanced with good visibility. Andrew used to run a mix of excavators but is phasing out the other brands in favour of Kobelco. cover iphone custodia The last two will be replaced this year. “I have to fill them up every day, compared to the Kobelcos, which go two days on a tank,” he says. The replacements will be a Kobelco SK200 and a SK135SR long carriage. He says the Kobelco SK135SR is a handy machine for medium-sized jobs. “It’s bigger in the arm, with more reach and it’s more stable for jobs like loading crushers and trucks.” When it comes to maintenance, most of it is done by Andrew’s dealer, Sydney Truck and Machinery. “The workshop manager, Andrew Carrington, is a terrific bloke and knows his stuff. custodia samsung a8 2018 They call when the machines are due for servicing and if anything goes wrong they’re here within two hours.” Andrew buys new with a warranty of 6,000 hours or six years. He works them up to 10,000 hours before even thinking of trading them in and most he keeps a lot longer. “I’ve tried a mix of machinery and these are just better.

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