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Icelandic contractor picks Hitachi excavator

8 Nov 16 Durability was the key factor in BB og Synir’s decision to buy Iceland’s first Zaxis-6 Hitachi excavator for its work on road construction and housebuilding projects.

The Hitachi ZX250LC-6 was bought from local dealer Vélafl. The Stykkishólmur-based company was founded by twins Hafthór and Sævar Benediktsson in 1998. They bought their first Hitachi Zaxis machine, a ZX250LC-3, in 2007. The latest -6 model has been fitted with a tilt rotator, additional lights and a central greasing system, all of which are common accessories requested by Icelandic contractors.

“We decided to buy a Hitachi, because we were really happy with the service from Vélafl,” said Sævar Benediktsson. “I also like the size of the machine for our typical projects and we had an excellent track record with the Zaxis-3 model – it was even suitable for drainage work on soft ground.”

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He added: “My first impression is that the ZX250LC-6 is quieter and smoother to operate than our previous model. On its first earthmoving and loading job, it was so quiet, I had to check to make sure it was running at full rpm! It feels like it has been completely redesigned. The control panel is well laid out and the machine is suited to precise jobs such as this.”

In addition, he believes that it compares favourably to the competition: “The most important aspect of this machine is that it is the strongest and most durable for our tough working conditions,” he said. “The auto-shutdown feature is also useful when the same operator is working in the quarry, and climbing in and out of the cab to drive one of the trucks as well.”

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