THE BOTTOM LINE
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.