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CablePrice ContrafedGRANT DUNCAN of Amuri Lime explains why, after looking at three different brands, he decided to buy a second Hitachi wheeled loader from CablePrice.

A couple of weeks after Amuri Lime took possession of its new Hitachi ZW310 Wheeled Loader, works manager Grant Duncan says he, “couldn’t be happier”.

“A lot of dust floats around the site. We used to water blast the radiator of the old loader once a fortnight, but with this machine, you just sit in the cab, push a button, and the dust is all blown out in about a minute.”
“A lot of dust floats around the site. We used to water blast the radiator of the old loader once a fortnight, but with this machine, you just sit in the cab, push a button, and the dust is all blown out in about a minute.”

“The machine is going really good. The bigger bucket is making the job easier and faster and has definitely upped production. It’s already proving to be a great investment.”

A lot is expected of the 22,400kg machine at the North Canterbury site, where it does everything from carting rock from the face to the plant, to putting it in the crusher and loading trucks.

However, Grant says the versatile machine has no trouble delivering.

“The comfort and speed of the loader is great, and I’ve noticed a big step-up in terms of technology from our older Hitachi loader.

“This new machine really outsmarts it. The hydraulics are a lot faster and even with a full bucket the comfort is pretty amazing.”

The mobility and stability of the machine are also impressive, he adds.

“It is a well-balanced loader that doesn’t rock all over the place, even with a full load.”

Grant is the sole operator at Amuri Lime, a cooperative run by several local farmers, which has been supplying high quality, affordable crushed agricultural lime, driveway chips and rocks direct to mainly Canterbury and West Coast clients since 1945.

He says the company looked at three different brands after deciding to purchase a second wheeled loader for the site, but stuck with Hitachi and CablePrice after getting good service and value for money out of its previous machines.

IMG_7979“We bought our first machine from CablePrice in 1983 and have found the Hitachi brand stands the test of time. We’ve had no trouble at all with our other loaders, and are keeping our old LX160 which has done 13,000 hours as a second loader.”

The panoramic cab in the ZW310 gives almost all-round visibility due to a widened front glass window and pillar-less cab rear corners, he says.

“The floor to ceiling windows in the cab are really handy and offer great visibility of the site.”

The hydraulically-operated cooling fan is another time saving feature, as it can be reversed for easy removal of dirt from the radiator.

“A lot of dust floats around the site. We used to water blast the radiator of the old loader once a fortnight, but with this machine, you just sit in the cab, push a button, and the dust is all blown out in about a minute.”

Grant says the ergonomically positioned joystick controls with a forward and reverse button are also easy to operate.

“I don’t have to take my hand off the steering wheel at any time which is a big plus.”

The safe, quiet, environmentally friendly design of the Hitachi ZW310 Wheeled Loader includes a leading edge, low emission diesel engine and a number of advanced mechanisms that provide enhanced durability, ensuring it can handle the toughest work conditions.

Superior lifting ability, big production capability and continuous reliability are other hallmarks of the machine.

Grant says Amuri Lime had a “good run” with CablePrice through the acquisition process.

“We enjoy dealing with sales rep Andrew McCoy as he is never pushy. He gives us his recommendations then puts all the information on the table and leaves us to make up our minds. There were a couple of hold-ups with the delivery of the loader but Andrew kept us right up to date with what was going on.”

When the machine arrived in site, it was in top shape, he adds.

“We had quite a lot of extras put on it, and it turned up well groomed, clean and sparkly. It was a job well done by CablePrice.”

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