Fuel efficient heavy machinery will be in hot demand from hire and rental companies as several multi-million dollar projects kick off in South Australia, according to Darren Morrow from Kobelco dealership, Australian Construction Equipment (ACE).
“The ongoing and planned projects are going to bring a bigger demand to the heavy excavator market and help build the economy. It’s something we’re really excited about being involved in, and seeing our customers involved in, too,” Darren says.
With many projects currently underway, including the Torrens Road to River Torrens artery, O’Bahn City Access and the Northern Connector, Darren says numerous Kobelco heavy excavators are already at work on project sites.
“I’ve spoken to owner-operators as well as large companies and all agree that their second biggest outlay is fuel usage. They’re choosing Kobelco because they can rely on better performance for that outlay,” Darren says.
Kobelco’s Geoscan monitoring system tracks a machine’s fuel efficiency and is standard on all medium and heavy models.
“It doesn’t matter how big or small the project, fuel efficiency and reliability are equally important in all facets of earthmoving. Geoscan allows performance measures such as fuel levels, service schedules, and working hours to be tracked, which means the business can make informed decisions about machine use and staff allocation,” Darren says.
One of ACE’s customers, long-established equipment hire business ACT Hire, specialises in the short and long term dry hire of equipment. Managing director Brian Findlay says he recommends Kobelco machines especially for long term jobs because of their low fuel consumption.
“It’s that efficiency and reliability that particularly makes the Kobelco excavators stand out,” he says.
Brian says that with South Australia entering a busy infrastructure period, ACT Hire is looking to purchase a new Kobelco 30 tonne machine.
“We’ve been talking to ACE about getting some more heavy excavators. The South Australian infrastructure projects are only going to get busier and we will need that reliability we get from Kobelco.”
In 2016, Kobelco released the new Generation 10 series of heavy excavators including the SK200-10, SK210LC-10, SK250-10, SK260LC-10, SK330-10 and SK350LC-10 models. In South Australia, all Kobelco models are available from ACE.