Over 10 years, Danny Drummond has built Forest Road Maintenance into a formidable five-man team with top-of-the-range gear. On the East Coast, his competitors call him ‘Mr. Kobelco’ where his Kobelco excavators construct hundreds of kilometres of new road to harvest the Coast’s commercial pine forests.
This year he purchased a brand new fleet of Kobelco excavators from Kobelco’s New Zealand dealer Mimico Equipment – two versatile SK135 machines and an SK480 (on a lease to buy) to construct and maintain logging roads at Whareta, South of Gisborne.
Danny says, “My business has got to the point where I can afford new machines and I can’t afford to have machines breaking down. I’ve generally had a good run out of the Kobelco’s so I’m likely to stick with them.”
“I have done a fuel test on the SK480 when it was hard out ripping rock and it averaged 38 litres per hour. Most of the other 50 tonne range diggers I’ve had were ranging from 45 to 50 litres,” says Danny.
Kobelco’s own internal field tests on the new mid-range SK200 confirm that various new technologies are delivering a 20% decrease in fuel consumption in S-Mode and an 8% increase in work volume in H-Mode using the same amount of fuel. The machines also conform to the highest fuel emission standards and are noticeably quieter than other brands.
Kobelco have recently launched a new 50 Tonne Excavator – The SK500LC-9 which replaces the Kobelco SK480 model
Some of the great features of the new SK500LC-9 includes increased power, enhanced fuel efficiency and a larger safer cab.
To read more about Danny Drummond’s experience with Kobelco Excavators, click here
For more information on the Kobelco SK500 specifications click here OR for more information about the SK500LC-9 launch click here