With its head office at Moolap,
suburb of Geelong, Newcomb Sand and Soil is a family-owned company, started by
Doug and Joy Dunoon in 1973. Joy continues as CEO, with sons Chris as
Operations Manager, David as General Manager and daughter Joanne as
The company prides itself as a
one-stop-shop servicing the Geelong and south western Victoria region, as well
as the state as a whole, offering recycling services, retail garden supplies,
and fine sand supplies, along with plant hire and subcontracting.
Its recycling operations cover
asphalt, concrete, brick and soils, while it operates four fine sand pits at
Portalington and Inverleigh, along with two retail garden outlets in Newcomb
It provides hourly plant hire and
subcontracting services for local councils and contractors in the region, with
a complete fleet of equipment covering excavators, graders, scrapers, wheel
loaders, dump trucks, trucks and trailers, crushers, screens and other
According to Chris Dunoon, Newcomb
Sand and Soil bought its first Komatsu unit, a PC50MRX-2, from Komatsu’s Geoff
Killury in 2007.
“We went for Komatsu because I
liked their reliability and service, plus the local knowledge from the likes of
Geoff – his communications with us and focus on relationship. And they’ve all
lived up to expectations,” he said.
“So far, the service and support
we’ve received has been excellent.”
The company’ excavators carry out a
range of tasks, including general plant hire work, loading screens at crushing
sites, shifting soil from site to site, and loading dump trucks at its sand
“We find the excavators ideal in
our sand pits,” said Chris. “Being fine sand, we have to move it in layers.”
The latest Komatsu PC220-8 replaced
a 20 tonne unit of another make.
“That machine was well worn, and we
needed to replace it.
“We find the Komatsu is better in
fuel economy, diagnostics and reliability, plus we know we have that
relationship with Geoff and knowing he’ll help us if we have any issues.
“But basically we prefer to go with
Komatsu in our excavator fleet,” he said.
“Since it was delivered, we’ve
found a huge difference in performance between our previous 20 tonne machine
and this 22 tonner. It’s more stable in our sandpit operations, and the all-new
electronics make it very efficient.
“We also use the KOMTRAX remote
monitoring system, with this and all our other Komatsu machines,” said Chris.
“It’s always good to get that
report every month showing us fuel economy, engine hours, idling times and so
on. And if a machine is ever stolen, we have that extra peace of mind that it
can be tracked.”