THE BOT­TOM LINE

Farms & Farm Machinery - - New Equipment Test -

This Cat 924K wheel loader has cer­tainly hit the mark down here at Ye­lar­bon. It is only early days, but al­ready there seems to be a cer­tain amount of con­fi­dence in the air that the own­ers have bought a good ma­chine suit­able of de­liv­er­ing many years of work in this tough en­vi­ron­ment.

“The price of the equip­ment to be used for our ap­pli­ca­tion has never been on the agenda, but ser­vic­ing and spare parts avail­abil­ity is,” An­drew Slack says.

“Down­time is the killer here. We have 4000-6000 head of cat­tle all re­quir­ing feed­ing sev­eral times a day, so we can’t af­ford to have any down­time – it is that crit­i­cal.

“Hast­ings Deer­ing has the abil­ity to ser­vice us bet­ter than the op­po­si­tion out here, and that gives us a lot of con­fi­dence to move with the brand. But it doesn’t stop there.

“The sin­gle joy­stick con­trol lever and great dash lay­out in the cabin are all favourable, but the hy­dro­static trans­mis­sion is the win­ner for us. It’s smooth and fast which, when com­bined with the sin­gle-lever con­trol joy­stick, makes our job so much eas­ier.”

From what I have wit­nessed here on my two vis­its, the smiles all round from the boys op­er­at­ing it, the ap­pli­ca­tion for which this loader has been pur­chased, and my un­der­stand­ing of the his­tory of Cater­pil­lar load­ers, I think they are right on the money with this one.

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