Digging deep for a good cause

Fleck Earthmoving, one of the largest wet hire companies on the east coast of Australia, has seen tremendous growth over the past two years, and now they are giving back and bringing attention to a worthy cause with the latest Komatsu addition to their fleet.

Fleck Earthmoving Group encompasses Fleck Earthmoving as well as NextGen Earthworks, NSW Plant Haulage and Fleck Plant Hire and is based in Box Hill in Sydney’s north-west. Fleck Earthmoving’s main business is wet hire, with their equipment and operators serving customers from small independent landscapers to larger earthmoving projects.

Michael McFarlane, Group Operations Manager joined the company two years ago and, in that time, they have grown from a fleet of eight to 72 machines. They recently took delivery of their 20th Komatsu excavator, a PC490, but this one was significant for another reason.

A Komatsu earthmoving machine with a pink coloured digging bucket

“We wanted to do something meaningful and make a mark, so the idea came to install pink buckets on the PC490 to support breast cancer awareness and the McGrath Foundation. The machine was delivered in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it was really timely.

“SBA Earthmoving Attachments helped with the pink buckets, as part of their #DigitPink campaign, and we also added the signature pink heart from the McGrath Foundation logo to the decals on the excavator. You can’t miss the machine, it’s a great way to bring attention to such a worthy foundation and we’re now looking at other ways we can give back to them as well.”

Fleck has another six Komatsu machines on order for next year, with the pink buckets already on standby to do their work in raising awareness.

“We keep going back to Komatsu as the team are great to deal with, and the machines speak for themselves. They’re built for the big earthmoving jobs that many of our wet hire customers are asking for, so we know they’re always going to be value for money for us.

Earthmoving machines standing idle on dirt with trees in background

“At Fleck, we’ve got a real ‘go get em’ attitude towards business. You’ve got to be hungry for the work and we never say no,” Michael says. “We’ll go above and beyond to deliver for our customers, which is how we got to where we are today. We can service anywhere across the state, and if a customer asks for a particular machine, we’ll make sure we can deliver for them,” he says.

That is how their relationship with Komatsu started. When a customer asked for a 50-tonne excavator two years ago, Michael knew that Komatsu had just the type they needed.

“I’ve worked with Komatsu before, and knew they are reliable, quality machines. The equipment is user friendly, productive, and you know what you’re getting with the machine,” Michael says.

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