Staff from McIntosh & Son, LiuGong and Sitech were on hand to demonstrate the machines if needed and to answer questions.
Johnny Inferrera from McIntosh Distribution explained the first Dig, Ride and Drive in October 2021 had been very successful.
“It generated a lot of enquiry and sales in civil construction for the Perth branch and we’re hoping for the same again,” Mr Inferrera said.
“There are machines still available for delivery before June 30 to take advantage of the instant asset write-off (full expensing),” he said.
Veteran earthmover Richard Chapman and his son Matt, from All Excavation Hire, Landsdale, were two contractors who attended Dig, Ride and Drive early and sampled a number of the machines before signing up for a 856H wheel loader on the day.
“I was a Cat (Caterpillar) man – I had the injection – for a long time,” joked Mr Chapman senior, who has been operating earthmoving equipment for 50 years and who spent some time in the big 922E excavator and then the biggest of the wheel loaders.
“These LiuGong’s have got Cummins engines in them, I like them, I think they’re pretty good,” he said of the LiuGong machines.
LiuGong makes machines used across the agriculture, construction, foundation, forestry, mining, quarrying, road making and waste disposal industries.