green ma­chine

Tassie con­trac­tor takes de­liv­ery of first Ko­belco SK135SR-5 midi-ex­ca­va­tor

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Machinery News -

Launce­s­ton’s Pro-Dig Earth­works is the first com­pany in Aus­tralia to take de­liv­ery of the new Ko­belco SK135SR-5 midi-ex­ca­va­tor.

Pro-Dig Earth­works was es­tab­lished in Launce­s­ton, Tas­ma­nia in 2008 by Cal­lum Roberts and his wife Candice with one ex­ca­va­tor and a truck. Ten years later and the busi­ness now em­ploys 20 staff and has a fleet of 35 ma­chines, 14 of which are Ko­belco ex­ca­va­tors.

The SK135SR-5, to be of­fi­cially launched in

April at the Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo in Pen­rith, is the first Ko­belco midi re­lease in Aus­tralia with a Tier 4 Fi­nal en­gine, which meets the high­est in­ter­na­tional diesel ex­haust emis­sions stan­dards.

“A big plus is that it’s got the new Tier 4

Fi­nal en­gine – a good green tick for the larger projects we go for,” Cal­lum Roberts says. “Larger cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ments have strin­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies and this gives us a nice edge when com­pet­ing for ten­ders.”

The SK135SR-5 weighs 14 tonnes and its com­pact design min­imises tail swing and al­lows for full 180-de­gree dig, swing and load op­er­a­tions. The 73.9kW Isuzu diesel is also fuel ef­fi­cient.

“Fuel con­sump­tion on the SK135SR-5 is ex­cel­lent – it has only done 200 hours so far but we’re cur­rently only us­ing six to eight litres of diesel per hour,” Roberts says.

“With that re­duced over­head we can sharpen the pen­cil on our ten­der sub­mis­sions, which can help bring us to a bet­ter price point.”

The cab has 4 per cent more space than pre­vi­ous mod­els, with a wide-vis­i­bil­ity win­dow. Other com­forts in­clude a vi­bra­tion-ab­sorb­ing heated air-sus­pen­sion seat, air-con, Blue­tooth ra­dio, USB/ AUX con­nec­tions and 12V power out­let.

“We took de­liv­ery of the new model about two months ago, and our op­er­a­tors love it. It’s com­fort­able and has a heated seat, which is a big bonus for us in chilly Tas­ma­nia!”

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