Tasmanian contractor RCCC Civil Contracting recently boosted its fleet of Komatsu PC200-8 excavators.

RCCC-Civil-(1).pngDue to superior performance, ease of maintence, the KOMATRAX remote monitoring system and the service and support from Komatsu Australia.The company which operates three PC200-8 excavators, the latest of which was purchased in February this year, along with a PC35MR-3 first purchased in 2007 carries out subdivision development, roadworks and building construction projects throughout southern Tasmania. Its machines are used for trenching, bulk earthworks and final trim across a wide range of jobs.

Today it is co-owned by Marc Duggan, RCCC's works supervisor/director, and his business partner Peter Campbell, project manager/director. Marc started with the company, then known as Ron Carthew Civil Contracting, in 1994, and then heand Peter who started with the company in 1999 purchased it from Ron over a period of 9 years as part of a successful business succession plan. Marc has been in the civil construction industry for over 30

years, and before starting work with Ron Carthew, was a foreman/ operator with major Tasmanian contractor Hazel Bros. "We focus on jobs with a value between $50,000 and $2 million," said Marc. "Our way of doing business is to offer clients a total solutions package involving both project management and construction. "For subdivisions that enables us to continue on with the next stage without the need of going back to tender, as our client can appreciate the value and can see the quality of finished product we deliver," he said. RCCC has been a Komatsu purchaser since 2003, when it purchased its first machine, a PC200-7.

In 2010, Marc went to Japan to see some of Komatsu's main manufacturing plants. "That experience confirmed to me the value of buying Komatsu," he said. "We were able to see the processes that go into each machine, and the high quality of the manufacturing. "This was recently backed up when we were looking to buy our latest 20 tonner. We tested a PC200-8 against another competitor's machine, and the Komatsu had a much better breakout force.

"They are also extremely fuel efficient machines, particularly when you compare them with others in the market." RCCC has taken delivery of a replacement PC35MR-3, which is used for tidy-up work on building and subdivision sites, replacing the need to hire in a machine for this purpose. "The other thing I like about Komatsu machines is how easy they are to maintain and that's become even more so since KOMTRAX was introduced," Marc said.

"We now get reports on all of our dash 8 excavators, so we can see how they are performing,

and whether any issues are arising. We have also been able to monitor fuel efficiencies as well as operator awareness of choosing the correct working modes for each type of work. "When we purchased our first

KOMTRAX machine, Komatsu's trainer operator, Aaron Marsh ran our guys through the on-board

computer, the website, and gave our operators a real insight into how the system works. "We do all our own servicing, while maintaining a good relationship with Komatsu's workshop in Hobart through the workshop supervisor Brendan Coad. "We also get excellent after-sales service from the team there, including our local rep Doug Fulton.