Loughborough based CR Civil Engineering Limited have replaced their ageing 14 tonne Volvo 140b machines with two new Komatsu PC138US-10 excavators. As Dean Thomas Plant Manager for CR Civil Engineering explains; ‘Although we considered Volvo once again and looked at Hyundai too, we felt that Komatsu produced the best overall package for these machines in terms of quality, price, availability and service support’.
In addition, CR Civil Engineering have also purchased two larger 23 tonne Komatsu PC228USLC-8 excavators. As Dean adds; ‘Like the PC138’s a key requirement for us with the larger PC228’s was the short tail swing feature. We do a lot of work on motorway central reservations, where working space is at a premium and safety of our workforce paramount. These excavators fit the bill perfectly for this type of job. We also had an additional hydraulic circuit fitted to the excavators so that they can also use a power tilt bucket. We also do a lot of railway embankment work, so having the ability to angle the bucket on a slope greatly increases productivity. The 90 degree power tilt (45 degrees in either direction), was supplied by Exac-One Ltd, who are based in Worcestershire. Whilst the additional hydraulic circuit was fitted by Komatsu’.
One of the new Komatsu PC138US-10 excavators bought by CR Civil Engineering
Dean continues; ‘Although we have only had these Komatsu excavators for a short while, they have been reliable and quite economical in terms of fuel consumption. Plus the operators love them, which is great too’.
Duncan Mowatt Area Sales Manager for Marubeni-Komatsu commented; ‘It was fantastic news that CR Civil Engineering chose Komatsu machines against other competition. I hope this will be start of a long and fruitful relationship between Komatsu and CR Civil Engineering.’
The machines will soon be out at work on the M5 near Droitwich, so if you are driving down through that stretch, you may well see them.
CR Civil Engineering Ltd is based in the East Midlands and work throughout the UK. CR Civil Engineering are a general ground works civil engineering company that specialise in Highway Maintenance & Construction, Airport Maintenance & Construction and Estate Maintenance & Construction; more specifically Site Clearance, Drainage & Ducting, Earthworks, Pavement Works & Kerbing and also Small Structural Concrete Works.
To find out more about the company visit their website at www.crcivilengineering.co.uk