break­ing NEW GROUND

Hidromek ex­ca­va­tors from One­trak are as­sist­ing Mel­bourne con­trac­tor De­con­struct Group to de­liver brand-new apart­ment de­vel­op­ments in some of the city’s trendi­est suburbs

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Hidromek ex­ca­va­tors help Mel­bourne con­trac­tor De­con­struct de­liver new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments

Na­tional heavy equip­ment dealer One­trak launched the Turk­ish-made Hidromek brand of ma­chin­ery into Aus­tralia about 12 months ago and the team has been hard at work fa­mil­iaris­ing Aussie op­er­a­tors with the brand ever since.

Earth­movers&Ex­ca­va­tors mag­a­zine has spo­ken to a num­ber of con­trac­tors in Vic­to­ria who rate Hidromek ex­ca­va­tors as right up there among the top brands in terms of de­sign, op­er­a­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity.

One such con­trac­tor is Mel­bourne-based De­con­struct Group. De­con­struct was founded by Kevin Fin­nerty as a de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tor in 2002. Since then, the com­pany has ex­panded to of­fer base­ment re­ten­tion, earth­works, con­crete cut­ting, as­bestos re­moval and waste bins, as well as com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­mo­li­tion. To­day, the com­pany em­ploys 110 staff and has a fleet of 25 ex­ca­va­tors. De­con­struct cur­rently works on projects in Brunswick, Toorak, Bentleigh, Dan­de­nong and Brighton.

We met Ash­ley Brown, site su­per­vi­sor-fore­man at the res­i­den­tial project site in Toorak. He says the ex­ca­va­tor op­er­a­tors at De­con­struct (him­self in­cluded) have re­ally put the Hidromek ex­ca­va­tors through their paces with early work dig­ging earth to make way for a new apart­ment car park, as part of a new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in Toorak in Mel­bourne’s leafy in­ner-east and a base­ment dig in lively Fitzroy.

“We’ve had the HMK220LC mov­ing earth and load­ing trucks and trail­ers flat out, and do­ing a bit of de­tail­ing in be­tween, on-site here for the last month and it’s been fan­tas­tic. It’s re­ally fast and re­spon­sive to op­er­ate, so we’re not keep­ing the truck driv­ers wait­ing around. We have trucks com­ing in and out all day, so that ef­fi­ciency is re­ally im­por­tant and helps us stay on sched­ule,” says Brown.

The team at De­con­struct are us­ing Hidromek ex­ca­va­tors across two new apart­ment de­vel­op­ment sites, one in Fitzroy (where they’re us­ing a 39.5-tonne HMK370LC) and the other is hard at work in Toorak. Both jobs re­quired ma­chines that can move large amounts of earth quickly, but that are also quick and ma­noeu­vrable.

“The 220LC came here [Toorak] with only 150

hours on it and it’s been great. It feels big­ger than it is and it has re­ally good reach, and it’s very stable on the stock­pile while load­ing. It has a lot of power when needed as well. This is re­ally nim­ble and the slew is pretty fast,” Brown says.

There is a lot of earth that needs to be moved here in Toorak; it’s a two-step base­ment at the front and a one-step base­ment at the back of these new apart­ments.

Brown con­tin­ues: “[We hadn’t] used a Hidromek be­fore and my other ex­ca­va­tor op­er­a­tor Dean is a big fan too. It’s pretty hard on the ma­chines dig­ging a base­ment car park, you en­counter some pretty tough earth, but the Hidromeks are tack­ling it with no trou­ble. Over in Fitzroy we are dig­ging down six lev­els and it’s tough ma­te­rial. We’ve had the 370 on that job for about three months now with no is­sues.”

De­con­struct op­er­a­tions man­ager Matt Singh adds: “We have rented the Hidromek ma­chines for a few months now and they’re well-priced, fuel ef­fi­cient and over­all great ma­chines. I’m par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the break­out power of the HMK370 and the fuel ef­fi­ciency and bal­ance of the HMK220. We’ll def­i­nitely keep us­ing them.”

One­trak rental man­ager Rhodes Cous­land says the feed­back he has been get­ting on Hidromek ex­ca­va­tors has been fan­tas­tic.

“In­tro­duc­ing a new brand into the mar­ket with high al­le­giances and ex­pec­ta­tions should be a real chal­lenge but we have found a very quick ac­cep­tance by cus­tomers al­ready,” he says.

“The feed­back we are get­ting is that the ma­chines are quiet yet have great break­out force, easy to op­er­ate and very com­fort­able. These at­tributes are in line with Euro­pean mar­ket ex­pec­ta­tions cov­er­ing the mid-size range from 14-52 tonnes.

“The early pos­i­tive feed­back has given us the con­fi­dence to take these ma­chines to a broad cus­tomer base and ask op­er­a­tors to com­pare head to head the Hidromek vs. ex­ca­va­tors that they’re ac­cus­tomed to, and we are not afraid to com­pare them to any other brands on the mar­ket.”

Rhodes fin­ished by say­ing: “Con­trac­tors are start­ing to re­ally get a feel for them and re­ally get a feel for Hidromek ex­ca­va­tors and af­ter try­ing them out, they’ve all been im­pressed.”

1 & 2: The 39.5-tonne HMK370LC is hard at work dig­ging base­ments for an apart­ment de­vel­op­ment. It is quick and ma­noeu­vrable, but can also move large amounts of earth3 & 4: The HMK220LC is fast and re­spon­sive, keep­ing truck driv­ers on the move with fast load­ing

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