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australianearthmoving http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au Earthmoving, Machinery, Classifieds Mon, 12 Nov 2018 02:14:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Top construction equipment suppliers to gather this week in Sydney http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7997 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7997#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 02:14:42 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7997 Australian Earthmoving News:

With rapid construction growth and the emergence of new technologies, it’s essential to bring the industry together to update everyone on what’s next, where the opportunities lie, what you can do to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, and what new products and technologies are available.

This week more than 100 major civil construction brands will gather in Sydney to explore the biggest challenges, opportunities in the sector, and showcase their latest in technology and machinery.

The National Construction Equipment Convention (NCEC), running from 15 – 17 November, featuring a free exhibition and conference program, is a chance for those in the sector to learn how to meet current demand and network with leading professionals and manufacturers.

Leading brands exhibiting at the NCECinclude:

  • Hitachi Construction Machinery
  • Tutt Bryant Equipment
  • Caterpillar
  • Komatsu
  • Toyota Material Handling Australia
  • Clark Equipment (Bobcat & Doosan)
  • Atlas Heavy Engineering
  • Oxford Plastics/Civil Safety Product
  • CJD Volvo
  • SANY
  • Advanced Utility Solutions
  • Firestorm
  • PlanGrid
  • And many more


Equipment launches and industry career opportunities

The exhibition will feature world-first product launches, live demonstrations, a dedicated cutting-edge tech area, a job zone and more.

Caterpillar will unveil a new model exclusively at NCECin a global product launch featuring never seen before technology. Those in attendance will be the first in the world to see the new equipment that’s set to deliver improvements to how these machines are operated.

Caterpillar will also be showcasing other recently released models, including the Next Generation Excavator 336 and Excavator 323, the Wheel Loader 950GC, and the Asphalt Paver AP300F.

The outdoor demonstration pit will be a highlight for attendees, allowing for a more hands on learning experience from Komatsu, SANY and Caterpillar.

Those interested in beginning or furthering a career in construction, civil engineering and infrastructure can explore available employment and internships at the Job Exchange Zone on the exhibition floor. Attendees can also explore training and professional development opportunities with major equipment manufactures such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, Gear Fleet Management, Kubota and The University of Sydney, and potentially get ahead of their peers and secure a position before theygraduate.

With so much new technology currently being released in the sector, there will also be a Tech Show Zone covering how new machinery and equipment can improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs. These free seminars and displays ensure companies determine what they need to do to meet surging demand and keep up with the increasing prevalence of complex mega projects.


How to respond to pressing industry challenges

The event also features a free one-day conference with a speaker lineup of industry experts providing practical advice on how your business can respond to current challenges including skills shortages, increased demand, safety processes, and the implementation of new technologies.

Conference speakers include:

  • Adrian Hart, Associate Director – Construction, Maintenance and Mining, BIS Oxford Economics
  • Lindsay Le Compte, Executive Director, Australian Constructors Association
  • Tim Rawlings, Head of Training Product Development Kills for Australia, PwC
  • Scott Higgins, Partner – Building, Construction and Infrastructure, Mills Oakley
  • Ross Trethewy, Heady, Environment, Health and Safety, Lendlease Building
  • Stuart Burdack, CEO, Association of Australia Dial Before You Dig
  • Deborah Keep, Principal, Deborah Keep
  • Peter Webster, Executive Director, Industry Capability Network
  • Bede Noonan, Managing Director, Acciona Geotech Holdings
  • And more


The NCECis the premier event for Australia’s civil construction and infrastructure industry and is essential for anyone involved in civil contracting (Tier 1, 2 and 3), engineering, demolition or earthmoving, local or state government, or quarrying.

The National Construction Equipment Convention (NCEC)is running from 15 – 17 November at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. There is still time to register for the free-to-attend exhibition and conference. Don’t miss out – visit ncecaustralia.com.au today to register.


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How the supply chain impacts mega projects http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7992 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7992#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 05:04:04 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7992 Australian Earthmoving News:

Mega projects — construction of infrastructure projects valued at over $1 billion — represent an impressive new benchmark for the civil construction industry. Early contractor and supply chain involvement is critical to a mega project’s success, according to Lindsay Le Compte, Executive Director of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA).

As the Executive Director of the Australian Constructors Association, Mr Le Compte has witnessed the rise of the mega project and understands the obstacles that come with them.

Ahead of his presentation at the 2018 National Construction Equipment Convention (NCEC), running 15 – 17 November in Sydney, Mr Le Compte said initial responsibility for the smooth execution of a mega project falls on the client. In this stage, preparation and research are paramount.

“The client has an obligation to ensure that they have undertaken all of the relevant background investigations to enable them to develop an appropriate tender specification,” Mr Le Compte said.

“They must have thought through the key commercial, operational and related risks in their project and worked out how they’re going to deal with them, and then they need to select a tenderer with demonstrated capacity and commitment to work collaboratively with them to successfully undertake the project.”


Supply chain management at an early stage

Supply chain management has always been a significant component of project management, but the complexity of mega projects necessitates involvement with suppliers at an earlier stage and in a more refined manner than clients and industry may be used to.

“The traditional approach pre lodgement of tender has been for contractors to obtain from supply chain organisations, such as suppliers of cement, concrete, aggregates, steel, and bitumen etc, indications as to price and deliverability of their materials,” Mr Le Compte said.

“However, the supply chain may not be engaged at a time in the project lifecycle that would optimise the opportunity for organisations to add value through innovation, or in more effective management of project delivery programs. There may be many reasons for this occurring, including the constraints of the tender process itself, but the end result may be a lost opportunity to achieve cost and time efficiencies.

“However you look at it, early contractor and supply chain involvement in mega projects can ensure that the project is delivered on time, within budget and without disputes,” Mr Le Compte said.


Looking forward

Despite the degree of complexity in their delivery, Mr Le Compte is optimistic about the future of mega projects, forecasting that their prevalence in civil construction will only escalate in the years to come.

“I think mega projects will be here for the foreseeable future because governments are responding to community expectations for new infrastructure and more liveable cities.

“The future for the civil construction sector and delivery of mega projects is bright. There is great scope to reduce the cost of projects through efficient design, innovation and good management – a win/win for all parties.”

Lindsay Le Compte will be discussing these issues and more in his presentation at the National Construction Equipment Convention (NCEC). This must-see industry event will run from 15-17 November in Sydney, featuring an expert speaker lineup and leading companies showcasing new equipment. To register, visit www.ncecaustralia.com.au/ncec.

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OKUBO MIXER DRIVES, NOT JUST MINI MIXERS http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7950 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7950#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:23:29 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7950 Australian Earthmoving News:

Okubo Drives is well known to the concrete industry for use in mini mixers in the 2 ½ to 3 cubic metre range.  The model PK24 Okubo gear drive was developed for Japanese mini mixers in the 1970s.

Represented in Australia by Australian Pump Industries, the drive can be found on hundreds of mini mixers across the country.  Many units were sold in under the private label of Japanese hydraulics company Daikin.  Those units are branded DD09, but are Okubo drives.

Okubo pioneered the manufacture of planetary reduction gear boxes. The product is not just used in mixer drives, but also in construction equipment, deck cranes, slewing mechanisms and even final drives in crawller tractors.

Okubo manufactures a comprehensive range of heavy duty mixer drives with capacities of up to 8-10 cubic metres.

“Everybody knows the ‘mini mixer’ drive because we see them every day on the streets of Sydney and around the country”, said Aussie Pumps Chief Engineer, John Hales.  “In South East Asia, a huge number of drives involved in transit mixers for concrete delivery are Okubos, although they may be private labelled”, he said.

Australian Pump Industries carries spare parts to suit these great gears although, many machines often run for up to a decade before needing any components.

All that’s really necessary is to keep the oil clean and make sure they’re lubricated with the right grade of oil.  It’s a good idea and keep your eye on the sight glass built into the heavy duty forged steel body.  Okubo has been a prime supplier to key manufacturers of agricultural and construction machinery.  They include John Deere, Caterpillar, Mitsubishi and many other famous brands.

Further information on the Mini Mixer and larger gear drives in the range is readily available from Australian Pump Industries.

“The Okubo system is very different to the European style of mixer drives”, said Hales.  “Japanese companies like Okubo have a total quality approach that makes for very happy, long-term customers”, he said.


Further information on the Okubo Mixer Drives is available from Australian Pump Industries or authorised distributors throughout Australia.

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GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER GREAT EXPO! http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7946 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7946#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:15:50 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7946 Australian Earthmoving News:

The National Diesel Dirt &Turf Expo is on again, May 3-5, 2019

In these days when so many use online information to investigate their equipment purchases, is there a place for industry expos?

Social media, online resources and discussion with industry colleagues are all a great way to gather opinions, hear of experiences and form a view on what equipment and technology may be best for your business.

Be informed

When it comes to major investment in machinery, attachments, software, systems and finance options, being well informed is critical to the success of your business. Many major equipment suppliers, contractors and fleet operators agree there’s no better way to compare equipment features, benefits and finance deals than spending time at the National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo.

The Expo presents a unique opportunity for fleet operators, asset managers, local government equipment management and contractors to speak directly with highly informed specialists. Valuable advice is willingly shared by  technical and engineering personnel, many of whom are representing equipment manufacturers from overseas factories.

From a manufacturer’s perspective, market feedback and comments from equipment users is appreciated and taken seriously. In fact, there are many instances where valuable feedback translates into machine improvements on future new models.

Fourth big year

Now approaching its fourth year next May, the Expo has proven a winner, with bigger crowds flocking every year and ever-increasing sales for the two hundred plus exhibitors. The Expo will be stage again between Friday 3rd to Sunday 4th May 2019 at the popular Panthers Penrith venue.

“There’s no doubt this western Sydney location is a real winner for visitors and exhibitors”, said the Expo CEO Steve Zivkovich.

“Panthers Penrith provides excellent hospitality and site facilities. Supporting us on this major event over the years, Panthers have helped build the year-on-year improvement of the visitor experience that translates to high sales for exhibitors.”

“Not only is the western Sydney region one of Australia’s fastest growing areas for residential development; there is a massive boom in commercial property construction, fuelled by major infrastructure upgrades and new developments.

“The huge attendance of 76,300 people in 2018 smashed the previous years’ record and is clear evidence this annual event has emerged as the focus of Australia’s earthmoving industry”, Steve said.

Australia-wide appeal

Responding to the national interest and broad industry support for Diesel Dirt & Turf, 2018 saw large numbers of visitors coming from interstate and the first real interest from other countries.

The 2019 Expo sees the return of popular attractions and events; the huge Pickles  equipment auction, great music, loads of food choices,exciting action entertainment for all the family, free entry, loads of parking, expansive meeting and relaxing spaces and much more.

“We have been careful to focus on relevance for the industry by listening to all comments, and taking these on board to ensure exhibitors’ and visitors expectations are fully met.

“Support of our sponsors is critical to the success of the Expo. In the coming days we will be announcing key sponsorship arrangements. We also welcome associate sponsorships”, Steve added.

Stay in touch by visiting www.dieseldirtandturf.com.au .

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How to best use drones in civil construction http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7924 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7924#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:38:34 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7924 Australian Earthmoving News:

Drones have opened a new frontier of mapping and inspection possibilities for the civil construction industry, according to Nick Smith, CEO of Airsight Australia.

Mr Smith has almost a decade of experience in the commercial drone industry, immersing himself in drones long before they entered the mainstream. He began development of the business model for his current company, Airsight Australia, in 2009, and since launching it in 2012, he’s recognised the transformative power of the technology for the civil construction industry.

“As a geospatially-focused toolkit, the potential is nearly limitless,” Mr Smith said.

The range and maneuverability of drones greatly facilitates the assessment of job sites during each stage of the building process, from the bid phase through to site planning and full construction.

 “Being able to understand what is on a site prior to and during construction can really give management an edge in terms of a thorough understanding of what that site looks like, and what the potential risks are to the construction process,” Mr Smith said.

 “It can also be highly valuable from both a quality control and accounting standpoint to be able to track progress during construction with regular aerial surveys.”

 Ahead of his upcoming participation on the ‘Digital Engineering and the future of technology’ panel at the National Construction Equipment Convention (NCEC), Mr Smith said drones should be looked at not as a replacement for traditional work and data acquisition methods, but as an improvement on them. Gathering mapping data and conducting surveys on sites is already common practice; where drones excel is in how that data is acquired and processed.

 “If you send a worker out, it could take them half a day or more just to cover a site and collect the required information, in addition to the physical obstacles or hazards they might have to deal with,” Mr Smith said.

 “With a drone, we can be on site in the morning, capture data by mid-morning, and process and deliver it by the end of the day, if not sooner.”

“The expediency and quality of actionable data goes up, while safety risks to people on site goes down.”

 Mr Smith said that some of the most exciting new developments in the use of drone data relate back to the accessibility of unprecedented amounts of information now available — and specifically, how that data is processed.

“Machine learning is making it possible to automate data analysis,” Mr Smith said.

“We’re already seeing artificial intelligence utilised for predictive maintenance and analytics, and we’re now starting to be able to identify defects and predict anomalies before they become large-scale problems. When you apply this to safety — predicting a rock fall before it happens, for instance — these technologies could literally save lives.”


The National Construction Equipment Convention will run from 15-17 November at the Sydney Showground. With a theme of ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’, the event will feature expert speakers and industry-leading companies discussing the opportunities and challenges in civil construction. To register for the conference, visit www.ncecaustralia.com.au/ncec.

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Road Widener: Laying New Ground in Australia http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7821 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7821#respond Sat, 28 Jul 2018 01:46:51 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7821 Australian Earthmoving Magazine News:

Road Widener LLC manufactures unique road maintenance attachments designed to significantly decrease your operating costs whilst delivering excellent performance, productivity and efficiency.

Road Widener’s FH and FH-R units have recently entered the Australian market and are rapidly growing in popularity within the road construction industry. These innovative machines are the most cost effective and efficient tools for shouldering, road widening, backfilling asphalt, trench backfilling, and kerb backfilling in Australia. Manufactured in the USA, Road Widener LLC has sold hundreds of units in its home market and has refined its design over nearly 10 years to best meet customer needs.

Whilst smaller than traditional road wideners, the FH and FH-R models are big on benefits, quality and features. All attachment functions are hydraulically controlled on both models, with adjustable box width, slope, and belt speed. They are designed with ease of use and visibility in mind, providing the operator with a clear line of site to the working area and road edge. The Road Widener is easily manoeuvred around guardrails, sign posts, mailbox posts and other obstructions.

Both models come standard in a left-hand discharge configuration in Australia, and a dual discharge model is also available, allowing optional right or left discharge in a single unit. The FH-R model adds an innovative remote-control functionality, allowing either the skid steer operator or another worker to control the Road Widener functions remotely. Both models lay aggregate at widths of 30-130cm and are powered by standard flow hydraulics. The Road Widener is suitable for use with any brand of large framed skid steer or compact track loader and can be optionally adapted to suit small wheel loaders or large tractors.

At only 1400kg, the Road Widener is easily transported, and can be lifted both off and onto transport trailers by a skid steer or track loader alone – no need for cranes or other logistical hassles commonly required by alternative heavier road widening attachments. All models offer precise operator control of the flow and placement of material, and with standard pintle push plates and wheel rollers, are able to disperse a 20-tonne truck load of aggregate in only minutes.

The Road Widener suitable for use with any type of aggregate, including gravel, asphalt and top soil, which is dispersed via the highest quality heat-treated conveyor belt designed for heavy-duty handling of hot asphalts and coarse materials alike.

For further information on Road Widener products, or to arrange a demonstration of the FH-R or FHD-R models, contact ASV Sales & Service on 1300 837 391 or visit www.asvaus.com/rw.


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WHAT CAN A SCREENING BUCKET DO ? http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7779 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7779#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:49:00 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7779 Australian Earthmoving News:

Being a bucket it is an attachment that can enhance your digger to become a mobile screening plant, offering the flexibility to sift material as the need arises on site, minimising waste. This also avoids a lot of back and forth with trucks reducingprocessing time therefore giving you substantial savings in fuel, reduced wear on your vehicles and subsequently saving you a lot of your own valuable time.

The advantages are not only economically and ecologically as an MB Crusher  screening bucket can be used in limitless applications from the primary selection of waste material, demolition, excavations filling and the reclaiming of rocky ground, moving on to pebble selection, beach cleaning, metal scrap cleansing and all other instances where thinner pieces needs to be separated.

MB Crusher has an extremely wide range of screening buckets and one of them will certainly be suitable for one of your machines. In addition to excavator buckets there is a line for loaders and skids steer loaders as well.


We love the overall look of them and the resemblance to of a bumblebee suits MB Crusher screening bucket to perfection, they are limitless, tireless and tough. Structurally designed to change to fit each size need and we love that the baskets are made of interchangeable modular panels, which are available with various sized holes.


To offer further work flexibility the MB Screeners can be equipped with a pulveriser kit used to demolish processed dusts and allow screening even in closed environments and an iron separation kit, to screen and immediately separate iron from demolition debris.


To find out more ways an MB Screener can benefit your business contact them at info@mbcrusher.com


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New Komatsu 50 tonne excavator offers higher production, lower fuel burn http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7774 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7774#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:43:34 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7774 Australian Earthmoving News:

Komatsu has released a new 50 tonne class excavator, the PC490LC-11, featuring a Tier 4 Final-compliant low emission engine, and delivering increased production and lower fuel consumption.

Designed for heavy construction, quarrying and demolition applications, the PC490LC-11 has an operating weight of 48.7 tonnes and is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine rated at 270 kW.

According to Amber Rickard, Komatsu’s National Business Manager – Construction, the PC490LC-11 replaces the 46.1 tonne PC450LC-8, which it significantly outperforms in key operating criteria.

“These include a larger maximum bucket size of 2.7 cu m, a 15% increase in lift capacity, and up to 13% greater production and 15% better fuel efficiency with its enhanced power mode,” she said.

The new PC490LC-11 incorporates a number of major improvements and new features compared with its predecessor.

These include:

  • Enhancements to the hydraulic system, including efficiency improvements to reduce hydraulic loss, larger displacement pumps, increased hydraulic flow in power mode and a hydraulically driven variable speed reversible cooling fan.
  • Increased durability, with reinforced swing circle, reinforced revolving frame and a larger reinforced undercarriage with robust components for improved reliability.
  • Improved operator comfort, through a large capacity high-back electric air suspension seat, fully adjustable updated armrests, proportional control joysticks, and high-capacity air conditioning.
  • Upgraded ICT (Information Communications Technology) through an improved high-resolution monitor panel in the cab, providing detailed operational and machine status information to the operator, service personnel and fleet managers.
  • Enhanced serviceability, through centralised service points, rear-opening engine cover, factory standard handrails and single-pole battery isolation,
  • The latest KOMTRAX system which remotely monitors critical machine operating criteria  – including key Tier 4 engine components and operating parameters – for early prediction of potential issues, and rapid troubleshooting and diagnosis.

“Our new PC490LC-11 represents a complete redesign over the PC450LC-8,” said Rickard.

“Not only does it have a new Komatsu Tier 4 Final compliant low emission engine – which dramatically cuts emissions compared with Tier 3 and earlier engines – but our design engineers have greatly enhanced the hydraulic system for increased power and efficiency, and significantly beefed up the undercarriage, swing system and counterweight.

“We’ve improved hydraulic efficiency through higher-displacement pumps, providing increased flow output at lower engine RPM, which allows the engine to operate at its most efficient speed, and we’ve increased hydraulic pipe size diameters to reduce hydraulic pressure loss.

“The PC490LC-11 is also the only excavator in this size class with a closed-centre load-sensing system, for better fuel efficiency, improved fine control and simultaneous multiple functions,” she said.

“And in addition to standard hammer and quick hitch piping, the PC490LC-11 now comes with an additional service valve for easy setup of a proportionally controlled secondary auxiliary line.”

Much of the increased operating weight of the PC490LC-11 compared with the PC450LC-8 is due to a heavier counterweight and extra heavy duty undercarriage.

“The heavier counterweight and more robust undercarriage increase lift capacity by up to 15%, allowing the use of larger buckets and attachments, and for the machine to lift heavier loads around sites,” Amber said.

“In addition, this heavier duty undercarriage provides added durability and improved operator comfort in tough working conditions such as quarries, demolition and heavy construction, and rock-breaking work.

“The end result is an excavator that delivers lower costs per tonne, through its higher productivity and improved fuel efficiency, matched with durability and maintenance features that significantly reduce machine downtime and service costs,” she said.

“These machine features, combined with Komatsu’s industry-leading levels of service and support, including our Fix It First Time concept, KOMTRAX, our InSite Fleet Management Centre and Komplimentary Maintenance offering, all contribute to bringing down operating costs for Komatsu machine owners,” said Rickard.

Brief specs of the PC490LC-11 are: Operating weight, 48,690 kg; engine, Tier 4 Final-certified Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine rated at 270 kW; bucket size range, 1.45-2.7 cu m; maximum dig depth, 7755 m (3380 mm arm option); bucket breakout, 24,400 kgf; arm breakout, 20,900 kgf.

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More power and loads of goodies in new Takeuchi® TB225 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7771 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7771#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:35:20 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7771 Australian Earthmoving News:

Takeuchi has released its all-new TB225 2.3 tonne mini excavator, the latest model in its mini excavator range. The machine’s 1,330 cc 16.5 kW Yanmar diesel produces 16.5 kW of power; a significant increase in performance compared with earlier comparable Takeuchi models.

The TB225 is the largest machine in the market where track width can be reduced to a handy 1,100mm to access internal door openings and very narrow side access of structures. When the excavator’s tracks are fully expanded to 1,500mm, this provides the stability needed to get the optimum performance and productivity from the extra hydraulic power and bucket digging force of 19.3 kN.

The TB225 has a long undercarriage and ground clearance of 190 mm and the 1,790 mm of track-to-ground contact makes for better flotation. Triple-flanged rollers keep the tracks in place to deliver positive traction on high gradients.

Dual auxiliary hydraulic lines produce hydraulic flow at up to 38.5 l/m, operating three working pumps, including a slew/blade pump that improves operational speed and functional control.

The machine’s standard long arm gives a digging depth of 2,580 mm and at ground level, enables the bucket reach to 4,240 mm and dump loads at a height of 2,875 mm.

The TB225 incorporates loads of other features such as auto engine and hydraulic detent function pre-set flow to suit your attachment applications. Other features include proportional controls, smooth hydraulic pilot joystick controls that deliver precise action, two-speed travel with automatic shift, a blade that’s adjustable without tools, auto deceleration and a hydraulic piloted travel lever.

Large, lockable service covers let you access components at ground level and service points are conveniently located. Finally, the TB225 is still within the weight limit that lets you tow your machine behind a 3.5 tonne capacity ute. Semco Equipment Sales 1 800 685 525 or ww.semcogroup.com.au.

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Volvo L220H Loader spearheads efficiencies in Tasmanian Timber operation. http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7766 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7766#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2018 11:36:13 +0000 http://www.australianearthmoving.com.au/?p=7766 Australian Earthmoving News:

Enhanced safety with increased productivity and outstanding fuel economy gains are key reasons why Timberlink, Tasmania, specified two new Volvo wheel loaders to manage their high throughput log yard operation.


Timberlink’s modern Bell Bay operation is the only large scale, forest integrated plantation softwood Sawmilling Company located in Tasmania where they produce their widest range of commodities. The product mix includes structural framing, outdoor structural framing, fencing, landscaping, decorative timbers and industrial supplies. They directly employ over 200 people and engage predominantly local contractors and businesses to support their Bell Bay operation. The indirect contribution to the local economy is estimated at $150M.


Timberlink Bell Bay in conjunction with their treatment supply partner Lonza, developed their innovative “Low Odour Timberlink Green” range of products. The new patent pending product is a world first with 30 times less odour, which creates a more pleasant workplace for customers and end-users while still retaining the superior strength, stability and appearance of traditional LOSP products.


Today timber in Australia is in high demand.


At Timberlink’s Bell Bay sawmilling operation, Log Yard Supervisor, Dean Smith believes that adopting new technologies and specifying components according to need rather than tradition, will lead to higher profits for the company, despite timber prices almost remaining static for the last decade, due in no small part to cheaply imported products.


Smith monitors the processes and movements in the log yard with the sharpened pencil of an accountant. Combining a broad knowledge of the sawmilling industry and his understanding of production practices with consideration for future demands, he configures his loaders to safeguard the highest interests of the company.


“We found the CJD team to be very proactive in working with us to agree on the specification of the L220H and L180G and checking all the details were correct to ensure the machines would do ‘what it says on the tin’. The overall package was very competitive too so all in all this prompted us to choose Volvo once again.”


Dean Smith and his team are no strangers to operating Volvo equipment, having previously run an L180C wheel loader in another sawmilling operation, where they were impressed with the reliability and economy of the Volvo machine.


Specifying the L220H as the main loader in the log yard increased productivity considerably because it is more than capable of lifting an entire bay of logs off a truck in one lift.


“The power of the L220H gives us greater efficiencies through increased productivity and fuel economy gains because the machine isn’t working beyond its capability,” operator Scotty Harris said. “We can unload and stack a B-Double load of logs in under eight minutes with either machine.


“We’re very pleased with our turn around time for unloading, on average, from the time a log truck arrives at the weighbridge, they can be unloaded and back on the weighbridge within 15-mintues,” Scotty added.


“The L180G is used as a secondary machine in the log yard,” Dean explained. “Its more than capable of keeping the mill fed with fresh logs and equally at home unloading log trucks. Being a little smaller gives it the agility to perform other tasks around the mill and the simplicity of the quick hitch attachments makes swapping from the log grapple to a bucket a quick operation and adds to the machine’s versatility.”


The new L220H model is powered by a 13-litre Stage IV Final engine (373hp) and benefits from Volvo designed and manufactured driveline components, including the company’s Optishift system with torque converter lock-up and reverse-by-braking features – all designed to deliver better fuel economy.


Meanwhile, a 13-litre D13F-C engine (334hp) powers the L180G, a mere 39 horsepower less than the L220H.


In addition to the productivity gains, the Volvo wheel loaders also have an ROPS/FOPS operator’s cabin with a fully adjustable suspension seat. The cab is fully air conditioned, and all critical machine functions are displayed on an LCD screen located within the operator’s field of vision.


Operator Scotty Harris cites the rear view camera as a great asset and safety feature especially with the addition of the blue light for night work.


He adds that the dash panel clearly displays all the vital machine information including fuel and oil levels along with warning messages even in bright sunlight all at a glance without hindering forward vision.


Volvo’s load-sensing hydraulics are said to be at the forefront in artificial intelligence, by supplying power to the hydraulic functions according to demand, further lowering fuel consumption. The powerful hydraulic system ensures fast response for shorter cycle times while delivering smooth operation through superior control of both the load and the attachment.


Volvo’s unique eco pedal applies mechanical push-back force when the accelerator is used excessively and engine RPM is about to exceed the economic operating range. This encourages the operator to ease off the throttle, reducing fuel consumption.


“I normally run the loader at 1400 RPM around the log yard, but increase the revs to 1600 RPM when going up the ramp with a full grab of logs,” Scotty explained. “I’ve found this gives good economy while still achieving maximum productivity.”


For ease of operation, Timberlink specified the optional, multi-functional joystick, which gives their operators simultaneous and precise control of the hydraulic functions. Forward, reverse and kick-down functions are included on the console.


As you’d expect on a loader working in a log yard, Volvo’s unique Torque Parallel (TP) linkage is a huge advantage, delivering high breakout torque and excellent parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range.


Timberlink specified the optional Boom Suspension System (BSS) that enables faster and more comfortable work cycles to further increase productivity and safety while at the same time extend the machine’s life. That’s because Volvo’s unique BSS absorbs shock and reduces the bouncing that occurs when operating on rough ground such as a log yard.


Scotty Harris believes that the cabin environment is one of the best he’s experienced. “It’s certainly one of the more spacious cabs in this class of loader yet all the controls are sensibly positioned within easy reach. It is also very quiet in the cabin and the smooth ride means I’m not exhausted at the end of the shift. One thing these Volvo loaders do well is remove the dust in the air,” Scotty revealed.


Volvo has located the cabin air intake high on the machine, where air is cleanest. There is an easy to replace pre-filter that separates coarser dust particles before the air passes through the main filter and finally enters the cabin. The design of the Volvo air system allows 90 per cent of the cabin air to be recirculated through the main filter for continuous dust removal.


The engine bay features a hydraulically driven reversible cooling fan that is electronically controlled to regulate the temperature of the vital components. It automatically activates only when it’s needed further reducing fuel consumption and noise. The reversible functionality which blows air in the opposite direction, allows for self-cleaning of the cooling units.


Both the front and the rear axle feature an axle oil circulation feature that allows the axle oil to flow and cool inside the axle protecting vital components.


“Our two Volvo loaders are enrolled in the CareTrack program and CJD monintor the machines via satellite,” Dean Smith explained. “They (CJD) know how each machine is going at any given time and when servicing is required which allows us to focus on what we are good at and that’s sawmilling.”


“Our decision to invest in Volvo Construction Equipment was essentially based on a productive, economic and reliability package with on-going back up support,” Dean concluded. “Those two machines average 90 hours each per week and in their first 12 months had each clocked up almost 5500 hours. Consequently, we’re certainly pleased with the partnership we have with CJD in Launceston which includes onsite service and maintenance.”


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