Another major factor influencing the decision to go with LiuGong was the immediate availability of the machines and the service and back-up guaranteed by the Perth McIntosh & Son team.
“We were keen to run with LiuGong and bring them up here, but we did want McIntosh (& Son) to fully back us should we have any warranty or maintenance issues, which they were happy to do,” Steve said.
“We were slightly concerned about possible breakages and downtime, but with the exception of a couple of minor teething problems initially with one of the rollers, which McIntosh (& Son) sorted out straight away, the machines have been faultless.’’
The 30t 930E excavator was immediately put to work 170 kilometres south-east of Karratha, working on the Rio Tinto Ti Tree Camp expansion project designed to support a workforce of more than 300.
Powered by a six-cylinder, 6.7-litre Cummins Stage III engine offering up to 227-horsepower, the excavator has a bucket capacity of 1.6m3 and a useful digging reach of more than 10 metres.
“When we sent it out there over seven months ago, we said to the operator we want you to provide feedback on this bit of kit because it’s new to us and we’re testing it out to see if it’s going to work, and nothing but good comments have come back from them,” Steve said.
“It’s all rock out there and they have consistently worked it hard without any dramas or downtime.
“The operator reports that it has plenty of breakout power, is very responsive and, importantly, when working through the hottest months of the year, cab comfort is first class, with outstanding air conditioning and excellent ergonomics.
“It compares really favourably with CAT or Komatsu and, although I think given a choice the operator wouldn’t have initially chosen the LiuGong, he was genuinely surprised just how good it was once he started operating it.’’
Reaction from KMH customers to the LiuGong rollers has been equally positive and Steve said both had performed well, with no issues.
The rollers, both powered by turbocharged Cummins Stage III engines, have been used on a variety of projects from civil construction on mine sites to road maintenance.
“As is the case with the excavator, the LiuGong rollers offer outstanding performance and value for money,” Steve said.
“For example, the drum roller comes standard with the ability to dial-in specific compaction rates, which is a definite plus and something that is an additional cost with other brands.”
Having successfully ‘tested the water’ with LiuGong and now secure in the knowledge that KMH can rely on McIntosh & Son’s excellent back-up and support, Steve is extremely confident the LiuGong brand has a bigger part to play as the hire fleet continues to expand.