An EDCO concrete grinder has been beautifully restored and added to the Kennards Hire Museum. The machine was the first model grinder hired by Kennards in the 1960s.
Andy and Neville Kennard, who were running the business started by their father in 1948 saw the grinders in the US and decided to add it to their hire equipment.
Though the concrete grinders were retired from the hire fleet and subsequently even disappeared many years ago, Gus Kennard, who has taken the place of his father, Andy on the Kennards Hire board was determined to get a model for their museum.
Gus eventually found one in a scrap heap at SoCal Rentals in California. Built in 1965, it was rusty but in surprisingly good condition with no major defects.
Jason Stanczyk and Leo Swan from EDCO in the US, which continues to supply Kennards with top quality machinery had the machine restored with the original EDCO colours, and then shipped it to Australia.
The condition of the machine was also a surprise to Kennards’ national equipment manager Mark Zimmer, who is celebrating 40 years with the company, and remembers their original grinders very well.
Expressing his appreciation for Jason and Leo from EDCO, Gus Kennard said that it showed the close relationship between the companies, which had developed over many years.