GAP bought the three-tonne Wacker Neuson EZ28 excavator for its hire fleet after the German manufacturer supplied the machine for evaluation by GAP and engineers at Highland Council. The feedback, says GAP, was excellent.
VDS enables progressive tilting of the superstructure by up to 15°. The tracks tilt but the cab stays vertical. At the touch of a button operators can thus compensate for slopes of up to 27%.
GAP head of procurement Ken Stewart said: “When excavators are working on a slope, the VDS concept is a real advantage as up to 25% material and time savings can be achieved when excavating or backfilling. In addition to these productivity savings, there are obvious health and safety benefits with an increase of up to 20% in stability. Also, the operator is seated in the conventional position when operating on a slope.”
The latest purchase further cements the relationship between the two companies. In March 2017, GAP renewed a three-year supply agreement for light compaction equipment from Wacker Neuson including plates and rammers, breakers, floor saws and trench rollers. GAP has also been investing heavily in Wacker Neuson’s site dumpers, including cabbed models.