Plant manager Dean Thomas said: “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.”
CR Civil Engineering has also bought two larger 23-tonne Komatsu PC228USLC-8 excavators. The machines will soon be out at work on the M5 near Droitwich.
“Like the PC138s, a key requirement for us with the larger PC228s was the short tail swing feature,” Mr Tomas said. “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.”
He added: “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, based in Worcestershire. The additional hydraulic circuit was fitted by Komatsu.