Queensland earthmoving contractor Dan Baumann monitors the efficiency of every unit in his 100-machine fleet, and has found that his two Kobelco SK350LC-8 excavators save him at least $30,000 of fuel per year.
Dan and his wife Del run Gold Coast-based Peachey Constructions, which undertakes civil and bulk excavation work in dry and wet conditions, with some machines fitted with extra wide track shoes to work in soft ground.
Peachey Constructions record all the hours each machine works in a day and how much fuel it consumes, they then compile weekly, monthly and yearly statistics.
“Compared to one of the major brands, we estimate each Kobelco could save us $15,000 per year, based on running 2000 hours in the year at $1.50 per litre for diesel.”
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