Attcall Civil Contractors has added a seventh Kobelco excavator to their fleet thanks to the excellent service rendered by their local Kobelco dealership.
Based in Narellan, New South Wales, Attcall Civil Contractors services customers within a three-hour radius of Sydney, from Newcastle and Canberra to Katoomba and even Dubbo. The company offers a range of civil contracting services including asbestos removal, bulk and detailed excavations, civil construction, drainage, bulk haulage, piling, demolition, site remediation, transportation of materials and plant hire.
From a one-man and one-truck operation in 1995, Attcall has grown to a 35-employee set-up with a fleet of 28 machines including nine excavators. Attcall recently added a 25-tonne Kobelco SK250 excavator to its fleet for use in everything from stormwater drains and detail work to road cutting.
Attcall Civil Contractors’ owner and Managing Director, Clinton McKinnon explains that business has been growing for the past few years, making it more sensible financially to purchase a machine instead of hiring it.
When considering a new machine for his fleet, Clinton first looks for a dealership that will provide the highest level of backup and service. He explains that one can have the best machine in the world but if the parts are not available, the machine is of no use to the operation.
Having developed a strong working relationship with his local Kobelco dealership, Sydney Trucks and Machinery Centre (STMC) at Smeaton Grange for 15 years, Clinton is assured of receiving the best possible service.
Describing their new Kobelco SK250 excavator as the perfect contractor’s machine, he says that it is not as big as a 30-tonner and not as small as a 20-tonner, yet it still gets through the bulk work at a reasonable rate and can also get down and do the smaller stuff - versatility that is very important for a contractor.
Productivity, fuel savings and reduced maintenance costs are also important to Clinton, while comfort, ease of use and smooth hydraulics are essential to his operators – all of which are met by the Kobelco excavator.
Based on his experience with Kobelco machines, he is confident about the fuel efficiency of the new excavator. The cooling system keeps the final drives cooler, which saves him on maintenance costs while his operators are happy with the comfort and ease of use aspects.
Key features of Kobelco SK250 excavators:
- Offers greater swing power and shorter cycle times for maximum efficiency
- Large 460-litre fuel tank combines with excellent fuel efficiency to deliver 70% increase in continuous operation hours
- Light touch lever operation decreases operator fatigue by reducing the amount of effort required to move the control levers by 10%
- Ground level maintenance points, long life hydraulic oil and efficiency filtering help extend maintenance intervals and reduce costs
- Large ROPS cab keeps operator safe as well as comfortable
- Wide open view to the front and minimised blind spots increase work site safety