Kennards Hire has added more 3.5 tonne excavators to its fleet of small earthmovers as part of a record $27 million outlay this financial year on new equipment.
These machines, which have been successfully trialled at select hire centres over the past 18 months, are relatively small, yet have more power than the company's standard 1.5 tonne mini excavator.
They are 1.6m wide, 2.4m high and 4.9m long, and come with a one metre mud bucket and 500mm and 250mm excavation buckets, as well as a rock grab attachment for logs and boulders.
Bartlett Plumbing is a regular hirer of the 3.5 tonne model. "It depends on the job," said Grant Wallace, who used one of the machines to dig a 150 metre long trench for a 15.24cm fire service.
"We needed the bigger excavator for this job because we are digging through shale, which can be hard going. This machine has a lot of power, and is not having any problem at all."
A micro 835kg model, which is just 740mm wide, is also available.
Kennards National Operations Manager Bill Whitehouse said all three models were made by the Takeuchi company.
"They are not the cheapest to buy, but customers like them because they are top quality, hard working and reliable," he said.
Kennards has 90 hire centres across Australia.