Hidromek HMK 220LC excavator put to use in Victoria
A new Hidromek HMK 220LC excavator from Onetrak is hitting the spot in Victoria
Hidromek’s Turkish-made machines have attracted plenty of attention from company owners and operators since their arrival in Australia about a year ago and Wayne Perrin of Victorian residential contractor W&J Earthmoving says he is very pleased with how it’s performing.
It’s primarily being used for early works to make way for a huge new residential development in Melbourne’s booming outer-north, a sprawling long-term project that Perrin has been contributing to for the last five years.
Perrin first stared driving excavators in the 1990s, but has been operating as W&J Earthmoving since 2006.
He opted for his new Hidromek HMK 220LC excavator to come equipped with the latest in Topcon 3D GPS technology allowing precise digs and earthworks down to the millimetre, with all the information at his fingertips — displayed on a purpose-made in cab monitor.
“It’s made a big difference really having all the GPS gear built in, everyone wants that nowadays,” he explains.
“The operators love it and the GPS just gives you that precision on the job.”
Wayne is similarly pleased with the look of the cream-coloured machine, which he says allows his logo and branding to stand out from the crowd.
Performance-wise he reckons he can’t fault it, but he knew that would be the case prior to purchase as he was able to try it out for three full days on the very same residential housing job that it is now being used on day in and day out.
“I filled it with fuel and ran it hard all day so that I knew how much fuel it would use,” he reveals.
“It’s using less than my other excavator, which is roughly the same size but a different brand. Even just saving a few litres an hour makes a big
difference to your bottom line over 12 months.
“We’ve used it for pretty much everything so far, from loading rock to digging trenches for water and gas lines, and it hasn’t missed a beat.
“There’s a lot of heavy rock out here that needs to be dug through under soil and the Hidromek has handled that with no problem; using heavy duty Rhino and Rammer rock breaker attachments.”
Onetrak Melbourne sales representative Marc St Ange has been looking after Perrin, making sure this purchase was the perfect fit for his business.
“Marc has been fantastic; being able to demo it and see how it was going to perform on site was great really and Onetrak were very accommodating,” Perrin says.
“There were lots of little things that attracted me to the Hidromek initially. They’ve got all the lights on them already and they’ve got all the bash plates on the boom. As a complete package it was good value for money.
“I’ve noticed that it’s very quiet and smooth and comfortable in the cabin. You can’t really go wrong with an Isuzu engine and Kawasaki pumps; we’ve found it to be really solid performance wise.”
As an early adopter of the brand in Australia, Perrin was treated to a visit to the Turkish factory in November last year, to see where and how the machines are produced and says he came away with a real appreciation for the thorough quality control and exacting standards to which they are built.
“I was really impressed that they manufacture most of the parts themselves with strongly built Turkish steel at the main facility at Ankara and just the efficiency of the operation was quite astounding. The visit was a great experience.”
Above: A new Hidromek HMK 220LC excavator from Onetrak is being put to hard work by W&J Earthmoving