Anthony Ring started his own excavation and concreting business four years ago and it has been nothing but a success, however in hindsight, Anthony thinks he may have chosen to start the business at one of the worst possible times.
“Looking back, branching out on my own during the GFC may not have been the smartest idea. The loan for my first machine was very tough to secure. But I got there and figured if I can make the business work during that time, I can see it through anything,” he said.
Anthony’s full-service excavations business is certainly a success with his three full-time staff, and a consistent flow of work that will be serviced by his fleet of Kobelcos.
Every day is different for Anthony and his team, from pulling down trees between two $10 million homes on a cliff in Portsea through to creating the Masons Falls lookout site, doing house foundation cuts and digging pools in Mount Martha.
What makes Anthony’s business stand out on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is the wide range of machines he owns, covering nearly every need and making him a ‘one stop shop’ for his clients.
Anthony owns a fleet of six machines, four of which are Kobelco excavators – an SK17SR-5, SK28SR-6, SK35SR-6 and an SK135SR-3. The other two machines are skid steer loaders.
“Having such a broad range of gear means that I can do pretty much anything for my clients. Builders only need to have one number in their phone and they know that I can get any job done well, on time and on budget,” Anthony said.
The first machine Anthony bought for the business was an SK35SR-6.
“In December this year, that machine will be four years old and it’s already done 2,500 hours. The hydraulics are just as responsive as the day I took delivery.
“When I first got that machine I’d accept jobs that really needed a larger machine but I wanted the gig so I used the mini instead. I’ve really worked it hard, clearing land, pulling down trees and digging pools.
“Doing those larger jobs in a smaller machine meant that I was spending some long days in the cab. I actually didn’t mind it, the Kobelco cabs are so safe and comfortable with great visibility and complete climate control.”
The Kobelco SK35SR-6 has a powerful 4-cycle, 3-cylinder, direct injection, diesel engine giving it the power to stand up to the paces Anthony put it through.
The SK35SR-6, like all Kobelcos, is fitted with the proprietary iNDr cooling system. This exclusive system creates a "wind pathway" that naturally introduces air into the system. The fan is located further inside the machine which makes it possible to reduce noise, heat and prevent dust penetration.
“It became clear that the machine was unbreakable. When it came time to expand the fleet, I just picked up the phone to Matt at Melbourne Tractors and I went straight back for more Kobelcos, the most recent being the SK28SR-6.”
“The Kobelcos are just perfect. They tick all the boxes when it comes to price and reliability. Melbourne Tractors’ after sales service is second to none.
“Fuel economy is also fantastic. I’ve done a whole week’s work on one tank of diesel. I started work on Monday morning and it took until the Friday at lunchtime before I needed to top up the tank.”
What’s next for Anthony Ring Excavations?
“I’m keen to focus on bigger, long-term jobs. I love working on the Peninsula but I’m keen to get my machines and my team up to Melbourne onto some week or month-long projects.
“Wherever my team and I end up, my trusty fleet of Kobelcos will be coming with me,” Anthony said.