Ma­chin­ery gets the top grade

Sneak peek at graders

Central Queensland News - - CQ INDUSTRY -

KO­MATSU, which has a team in Glad­stone who sup­port the re­gion’s busi­nesses, of­fers a range of graders.

The com­pany de­vel­ops and pro­duces all ma­jor com­po­nents, such as en­gines, elec­tron­ics and hy­draulic func­tions.

The com­pany said its GD555-5 and GD655-5 graders, part of its Dash 5 Van­tage range, fea­ture the best cab vis­i­bil­ity of any grader on the mar­ket, in­creased en­gine power, and an up­graded ver­sion of its unique dual-mode trans­mis­sion sys­tem. Op­er­at­ing weight for the GD555-5 is 18.1 tonnes and the GD655-5 is 18.5 tonnes.

Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil has pur­chased four Ko­matsu graders in the past three years for ru­ral road main­te­nance. Fleet of­fi­cer Robert Win­ley said the com­pany’s war­ranty and ser­vic­ing deal led the coun­cil to make a “ma­jor switch” away from an­other com­pany to Ko­matsu.

“The ser­vice agree­ment has been a game-changer for us... Gen­er­ally our de­ci­sion was based on a cost-ef­fec­tive quote from Ko­matsu and they do such a great job with ser­vic­ing af­ter­wards,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GRAND MA­CHIN­ERY: Ko­matsu’s Emer­ald branch with one of the com­pany’s graders.

The blade an­gle makes it easy for soil and coal to roll freely.

The view from the op­er­a­tor’s seat on a Ko­matsu grader.

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