In re­vamp­ing a lake­side lo­cale in Perth, BCL Group has re­lied greatly on its Hyundai ex­ca­va­tors and wheel load­ers, dis­trib­uted through Porter Group

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Used Equipment Test - Words: Carla Caruso. Im­ages: James Elsby

There couldn’t be more pic­turesque set­tings to work along­side than Lake Jual­bup in Perth’s Shen­ton Park.

When Earth­movers & Ex­ca­va­tors mag­a­zine vis­its, the recre­ational lake is at peak ‘pret­ti­ness’ with green shim­mer­ing wa­ters and wildlife abound­ing. And Perth civil works and land­scape spe­cial­ist BCL Group, with the aid of its equip­ment from Porter Group, is work­ing hard to keep the lake look­ing as en­tic­ing all year round.

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(BCL) manag­ing di­rec­tor Greg Ding­wall says its project for the City of Su­bi­aco will help re­tain the lake’s wa­ter and en­sure the area re­mains user friendly month in, month out.

“We re­ally don’t get a lot of rain­fall in Perth,” Greg says. “The lake usu­ally only looks this full in win­ter but we broke the record for the most rain in De­cem­ber. Most years, in sum­mer, the lake dries out.

“Sum­mer­time is when peo­ple need to utilise these ar­eas – the recre­ational ar­eas, sprawl­ing park­land, play­ground and ro­tunda. Our work re­con­struct­ing the lake will also help to keep the wildlife here.”

(Greg knows a thing or two about the im­por­tance of wa­ter views – his restau­ra­teur wife, Michelle, also runs the Quar­ter­deck Din­ing eatery, over­look­ing the Man­durah Ocean Ma­rina.)

For the three-month project, BCL’s equip­ment from Porter Group – Aus­tralia’s fastest grow­ing sup­plier of new and used equip­ment through equip­ment sales and ren­tals – has come to the fore.

“Cur­rently on­site we’ve got a Hyundai 12.5-tonne crawler ex­ca­va­tor – R125LCR9A,” Greg says. “We’re us­ing that for a range of tasks, from de­mo­li­tion through to the in­stal­la­tion of bund wall and clay liner.

“We’re re­mov­ing the old lake wall, re­plac­ing half of it with a new wall, and cre­at­ing an ac­tual em­bank­ment,” he says. “We’ll then de­wa­ter the lake and put a clay liner 50m out, in the full bound­ary perime­ter, so that the wa­ter can be re­tained. Then we’ll fin­ish off with land­scap­ing, in­clud­ing ir­ri­ga­tion, foot­paths and the like.

“We’ve been us­ing a medium-sized Hyundai HL757-9 wheel loader as well,” Greg adds, “again for bulk earth­works, the trans­port of clay ma­te­ri­als for the re­con­struc­tion of the lake, de­mo­li­tion, strip­ping, and the re­in­state­ment of en­gi­neered soils.

“We will also be us­ing our 21-tonne Hyundai R210LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor, which does the same work – it’s just a big­ger ma­chine so it can do more. It’s got an open rake bucket, so if we de­mol­ish a sec­tion of wall, it’ll only take the con­crete with it.”

Of the equip­ment, Greg says: “They’re pow­er­ful machines but you can op­er­ate them with fi­nesse as well, es­pe­cially the 21-ton­ner.

“You can change the set­tings de­pend­ing on what work you’re do­ing, whether you need power or fi­nesse,” he says. “The at­tach­ments on the equip­ment have helped us to do our job.”

One add-on from Porter which Greg has had in­stalled on ev­ery piece of equip­ment is an auto-greaser.

“We paid ex­tra at the start to have an auto-greaser fit­ted to these machines so it min­imises daily main­te­nance,” Greg says. “The sys­tem re­duces daily pre-start times; oth­er­wise you’ve got to man­u­ally bleed in grease ev­ery day, ba­si­cally.

“It has a cylin­der and hoses that go to each point, and it self-greases. The ma­chine op­er­a­tors can do it for 10 min­utes in the morn­ing, in­stead of it tak­ing 40 min­utes, and get on with do­ing their job.”

Also in BCL’s fleet from Porter is a Hyundai R35Z-9 mini ex­ca­va­tor, and a Hyundai HL760-9 wheel loader with at­tach­ments in­clud­ing a jib, bucket and forks.

(Porter, which was es­tab­lished in New Zealand and dis­trib­utes brands like Hyundai and Fu­rukawa, has boasted the high­est sales of new ex­ca­va­tors and wheel load­ers in the south­ern hemi­sphere since 2005.

“When it comes to load­ers and ex­ca­va­tors, Porter com­petes very well in the mar­ket­place,” Greg says, adding that work­ing with Porter Group, at a per­sonal level, has also made life a breeze.

“Porter is a very pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tion. They’re very help­ful in re­gards to pick­ing and se­lect­ing the ma­chin­ery for what it can do.

“They’re a com­pet­i­tively priced or­gan­i­sa­tion and they rep­re­sent very good value for money,” he says.

“Their machines are very re­li­able, and if there is an is­sue, they’ll work with you to try to rec­tify it.

“Their af­ter­sales ser­vice – for ser­vic­ing and parts – is very good. We’re very, very happy with them.

“Porter has a branch here in Perth, so there’s that per­sonal touch too,” he adds. “We can ring Levi there and eas­ily get some­thing fixed. They ob­vi­ously care about your busi­ness.”

The BCL Group it­self, based in WA’s Wan­gara, has been in oper­a­tion for five years and em­ploys about 28 full-time staff.

In other ar­eas of re­cre­ation – be­yond lake­side parks – it has be­come one of Western Aus­tralia’s lead­ing con­trac­tors in con­struct­ing sports com­plexes.

The com­pany re­cently re­de­vel­oped foot­ball club West Coast Ea­gles’ train­ing ground Lath­lain Precinct Oval, as well as de­sign­ing and build­ing four mul­ti­pur­pose FIFA­s­tan­dard syn­thetic soc­cer fields in the Perth sub­urb of El­len­brook – cur­rently the big­gest sin­gle FIFA-ap­proved syn­thetic soc­cer project within the south­ern hemi­sphere.

BCL also worked on the Ray Fin­layson Sport­ing Com­plex in out­back Kal­go­or­lie, which now com­prises four turf soc­cer fields, rugby union and rugby league fields, and a full-size WACA-spec cricket oval.

As well, the com­pany spe­cialises in fore­shore and en­vi­ron­men­tal works.

“We’re also cur­rently work­ing on the State Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s new fa­cil­ity in Bun­bury, mov­ing all their re­gional build­ings into one,” Greg says. “We’re do­ing all their in­fra­struc­ture, fore­shore works and car parks.”

With work go­ing gang­busters for the com­pany, you can bet that BCL Group’s equip­ment from Porter Group will con­tinue to get a work­out – and that it will be well up to the chal­lenge.

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