In every sense of the term, Justin Ridley Excavations is a family-owned-and-run business, with all members of the Ridley family pitching in to keep operations running smoothly. While Justin
Ridley oversees a range of excavation work – from Tier 1 projects through to subdivision, backyard garage slabs and footings jobs – wife Prue takes care of the administration side of the business, and kids Taj and Mishca help out by cleaning the equipment and vehicles on weekends.
Describing his approach and day-to-day functions of the business, Ridley told EEM, “We love working on the Tier 1 road projects and we love working under pressure,” adding that, “if there is dirt to be dug or moved, we will do it”.
“We are currently working on the CPB Contractors M1 Pacific Motorway widening between Tuggerah and Doyalson, which we absolutely love, and other bits of gear are currently being used across other subdivision work.”
Complementing his versatile, can-do attitude, Ridley noted that the business’ “equipment is our biggest asset”, with Justin Ridley Excavations counting Kobelco’s SK55SRX-6 mini-excavator and SK135SR-5 midi-excavator among the recent additions to its fleet.
Primed for powerful digging performance and travel power, the compact SK55SRX-6, which features Kobelco’s iNDr cooling system delivering low noise and dust reduction, is decked out with a larger boom and arm to ensure a wider working range, with a short tail swing allowing for operation in a limited space.
The SK135SR-5 sports a Stage 4-compliant engine, and is also decked out with Kobelco’s iNDr system, with a minimal swing radius improving efficiency, and its compact design providing for continuous 180-degree dig, swing and load operations within a 3.49m working space.
“The SK135SR-5 with Trimble GPS has been placed on a Tier 1 project, and right down to the Doherty power tilt hitch makes our job easier and us as operators more efficient,” Ridley commented.
He told EEM that Kobelco has “bent over backwards” to accommodate his business, and pointed to machine dependability as a critical factor in his decision to use Kobelco machines.
“We choose to use Kobelco as our preferred machine for their reliability, as this is incredibly important in our industry, and it is something that Kobelco lead the way with,” he commented. “Reliability, fuel efficiency and operator comfort are important factors, and in my opinion Kobelco is one of the industry leaders.”
Ridley credits Gato Sales and Repairs, a Kobelco dealer for Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast of NSW, “for their 110 per cent commitment to their product”.
“I would actually like to take this opportunity to really thank Chad, Tyson, Dylan and the whole team at Gato Sales and Repairs,” he said.