Hidromek HMK 220LC ex­ca­va­tor put to use in Vic­to­ria

A new Hidromek HMK 220LC ex­ca­va­tor from One­trak is hit­ting the spot in Vic­to­ria

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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

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