The Tasmanian contractor has added 17 pieces of Komatsu equipment to its arsenal to support its operations in its home state as well as Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
The new machines were delivered earlier this year and bump the companies’ fleet to 71 pieces of active Komatsu equipment. The company’s latest equipment acquisition refreshes the business’s frontline fleet, relieving key machinery across Hazell’s operations across civil construction, equipment and industrial services and resources.
The new gear consists of seven excavators: two PC138US-8s, two compact PC55MR-3s, a 34-tonne PC300LC-8, a 36-tonne extra heavy duty PC350LC-8 and a low-hour ex-Komatsu Rental PC850-8EO with around 2000 hours.
Joining their traditionally powered stablemates is Hazell Bros’ first foray into Komatsu hybrids: a 21-tonne HB215LC-1 and 36-tonne HB335LC-1 excavator.
These nine excavators are joined by six new articulated dump trucks, consisting of three new HM300-2 and three ex-Komatsu Rental HM400-2s, a new GD555-5 grader and a WA470-6 and a WA200PZ-6 wheel loader.
Hazell Bros Director Robert Hazell said in a statement that a close partnership, understanding of business needs and a rounded approach to equipment ownership were key factors in the new Komatsu purchase.
“Komatsu excavators would make up the majority of our earthmoving fleet. The product is good and with the service we have from Komatsu there is no reason we wouldn’t continue to grow our Komatsu fleet,” he said.
“Our new Komatsu machines are an upgrade,” he said. “We have a bit of new work coming, and we are generally keeping the fleet at a low hour level.”
With a view to constant improvement Mr. Hazell is particularly looking forward to seeing the difference that the newly acquired hybrid machines will make to environmental impact and fuel costs.
“The world is a changing place and we all have to make sure we do our best for the environment. We are trying the hybrids out to see how they will work for the future of our company,” said Mr. Hazell.
“Fuel burn is very important and something we constantly keep an eye on, even though the cost of fuel is lower than it has been for a while.”