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