lucky break

Ron Horner rev­els in the chance to try out a bunch of ma­chines at the Porter Dig Day Out

Earthmovers & Excavators - - News -

Some­times in this game, re­port­ing on var­i­ous types of equip­ment for Earth­movers and Ex­ca­va­tors, one can get a re­ally lucky break. Ear­lier this month we headed to the Porter Equip­ment Dig Day Out on the Gold Coast – a full three days of ac­cess­ing some of Porter’s ex­ten­sive range of ex­ca­va­tors, load­ers, com­pact track load­ers and ar­tic­u­lated dump trucks.

Not quite be­ing the first on site but close enough to it, I quickly in­tro­duced my­self to the guys from Porter’s and was promptly given the green light to ac­cess what­ever equip­ment we needed and got ‘the nod’ that the keys were within easy reach when re­quired.

There were ma­chines and at­tach­ments from a range of man­u­fac­tur­ers dis­trib­uted or sold by Porter Equip­ment – such as Hyundai, ASV and Terex – and all could be op­er­ated.

Most of the gear im­pressed me in some form or an­other, but I couldn’t wait to get to the ex­ca­va­tor hill to run my eyes over the fleet of dig­gers sit­ting there “just wait­ing, itch­ing to get a bum in a seat”.

A good range of dig­gers was avail­able for those who were game enough to weather the on­com­ing storms, in­clud­ing: The 2.5-tonne R25Z-9AK; the 3.5-tonne R35Z-9; the 6-tonne R60CR-9; the im­pres­sive R140LC-9 (pic­tured); and the good­look­ing and well-balanced 30-tonne R290LC-9.

I was very pleased with the de­sign of the R290LC-9 with its high-track frame de­sign (which gives plenty of ground clear­ance) and re­ally beefed up track frame de­sign, and also with the 14-tonne R140LC-9 bladed ex­ca­va­tor.

I have placed an or­der to test these two ma­chines as I feel they are well wor­thy of be­ing re­viewed. I reckon these could pos­si­bly be the dark horses of the Aus­tralian ex­ca­va­tor mar­ket and could well be true win­ners for Porter Equip­ment.

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