new era

Ko­belco SK135SR-5 fea­tures new tier 4 fi­nal en­gine and im­proved dura­bil­ity

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Pro-Dig Earth­works, a Launce­s­ton-based pro­fes­sional ex­ca­vat­ing ser­vice, was the first com­pany to take de­liv­ery of the new Ko­belco midi-ex­ca­va­tor SK135SR-5 and it’s al­ready giv­ing them a boost over their com­peti­tors.

“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. Larger cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ments have strin­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies, and this gives us a nice edge when com­pet­ing for ten­ders,” Pro-Dig Earth­works di­rec­tor Cal­lum Roberts says.

The SK135SR-5, of­fi­cially launched in April at the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo in Pen­rith, New South Wales, was the first Ko­belco midi re­lease in Aus­tralia to show­case the Tier 4 Fi­nal en­gine, which meets in­ter­na­tional diesel ex­haust emis­sions stan­dards.

“Fuel con­sump­tion on the SK135SR-5 is ex­cel­lent – it has only done 200 hours so far but we’re cur­rently only us­ing 6 to 8 litres of diesel per hour,” Cal­lum says.

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

Cal­lum and his wife Candice es­tab­lished Pro-Dig Earth­works in 2008 with one ex­ca­va­tor and a truck. This year, as the com­pany cel­e­brates its tenth year in the game, they have about 20 staff and 35 items in the fleet. Their ex­ca­va­tor fleet of 14 is en­tirely Ko­belco.

“In the begin­ning, we went to a few dif­fer­ent sup­pli­ers to find a new ex­ca­va­tor and we chose a Ko­belco from DLM Ma­chin­ery in Launce­s­ton.

“It was a great de­ci­sion – Dave and his team have the best back-up ser­vice I’ve ever seen,” Cal­lum says.

He notes that an­other rea­son Ko­belco fea­tures so promi­nently in the Pro-Dig Earth­works fleet is the re­turn on in­vest­ment the equip­ment de­liv­ers.

“It’s a ben­e­fit that the Ko­belco ex­ca­va­tors are so fuel ef­fi­cient – with that re­duced over­head we can sharpen the pen­cil on our ten­der sub­mis­sions which can help bring us to a bet­ter price point,” Cal­lum says.

“We also get a re­ally good re­sale value on the Ko­belco ex­ca­va­tors.”

Busi­ness is look­ing good for Pro-Dig Earth­works, which works mostly on com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment projects and car park con­struc­tion.

“We’ve in­creased our turnover sig­nif­i­cantly over the past 24 months,” Cal­lum says.

“There has been great growth in main­land in­vest­ment into Tas­ma­nia, tourism is also up and con­struc­tion projects are go­ing ahead. Tas­ma­nia is in a good place.”

Cal­lum Roberts of Pro-Dig Earth­works in Tas­ma­nia has in­vested in the lat­est Ko­belco SK135SR-5 ex­ca­va­tor, which fea­tures a Tier 4 Fi­nal en­gine

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