Leading Tasmanian multi-faceted contractor Hazell Bros has recently refreshed its fleet of earthmoving and roadmaking equipment, with the purchase of 17 pieces of Komatsu equipment.
With operations in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and its home state of Tasmania, Hazell Bros has a 71-year-strong history of family owned and operated business success.The accomplishments of the multifaceted Hazell Bros business are built on the strength of developing a team of the right people, acquiring the right equipment and refusing to compromise when looking after both these critical assets.
In diverse and often extreme conditions each piece of Hazell Bros machinery logs between 1500 and 5000 hours a year. The company's latest equipment acquisition refreshes the business's frontline fleet, relieving key machinery across Hazell's operations across civil construction, equipment and industrial services and resources.
The new machines, delivered earlier this year, are playing a vital role across the Hazell Bros operation, and bump the Hazell Bros fleet to 71 pieces of active Komatsu equipment, complementing its existing excavators, dozers, graders and wheel loaders among other units.
The new gear consists of seven excavators: two PC138US-8s, two compact PC55MR-3s, a 34-tonne PC300LC-8, a 36-tonne extra heavy duty PC350LC-8 and a low-hour ex-Komatsu Rental PC850-8EO with around 2000 hours.
Joining their traditionally powered stablemates is Hazell Bros' first foray into Komatsu hybrids: a 21-tonne HB215LC-1 and 36-tonne HB335LC-1 excavator.
These nine excavators are joined by six new articulated dump trucks, consisting of three new HM300-2 and three ex-Komatsu Rental HM400-2s, a new GD555-5 grader and a WA470-6 and a WA200PZ-6 wheel loader.
Hazell Bros Director Robert Hazell has been there for the majority of the business's 31-year relationship with Komatsu.
Hazell said a close partnership, understanding of business needs and a rounded approach to equipment ownership were key factors in the new Komatsu purchase.
"Komatsu excavators would make up the majority of our earthmoving fleet. The product is good and with the service we have from Komatsu there is no reason we wouldn't continue to grow our Komatsu fleet.
"Our new Komatsu machines are an upgrade," he said. "We have a bit of new work coming, and we are generally keeping the fleet at a low hour level."
The relationship does not end with supply of machinery though, with finance and monitoring proving critical to daily operations.
"We do a reasonable amount with Komatsu finance," said Hazell.
"They are good to work with. We also get pricing outside as well, so we are competitive, but they have always done the best for us.
"The work Komatsu has done with KOMTRAX has also been very handy and they have been really proactive in the way they present it to us.
"The team strives to keep us appraised of the latest innovations with regular contact and let us know what is going on with our machines and operators."
With a view to constant improvement Hazell is particularly looking forward to seeing the difference that the newly acquired hybrid machines will make to environmental impact and fuel costs.
"The world is a changing place and we all have to make sure we do our best for the environment. We are trying the hybrids out to see how they will work for the future of our company.
"Fuel burn is very important and something we constantly keep an eye on, even though the cost of fuel is lower than it has been for a while."