Sydney-based Chetcuti Plant Hire has standardised on Komatsu mini excavators due to ease of use and better operator "feel" for its rock wall and retaining wall business.
The company recently took delivery of a PC78UU-6 with tilt bucket, grabs, and offset boom attachments, joining an existing PC40MR-2 purchased in July 2006.
Chetcuti Plant Hire, based in Werombi, southwestern Sydney, specialises in the construction of rock walls and retaining walls in housing developments in the greater metropolitan area.
To excavate the footing for rock walls, Chetcuti Plant Hire operates equipment which is highly manoeuvrable in tight places including its Komatsu mini excavators plus skidsteers and attachments, said company owner Elton Chetcuti.
The overall performance of both the Komatsu PC40MR and the Komatsu PC78UU has been good, said Elton, who has been in business for himself for 12 years.
"I have over 20 years' experience working with excavators made by various manufacturers, and I've been using Komatsu excavators for about five years now.
"Komatsu makes a comfortable machine to operate and the equipment is very easy to use," he said.
"I bought Komatsu because I really like the control layout and feel of them. Komatsu excavators seem to be easier to use and nicer to operate with a better overall operational 'feel' than the other excavators on the market."
Since taking delivery of his new PC78UU in August, Elton has been impressed with the power and fuel efficiency of the new machine.
"In spite of the extra power, the Komatsu PC78UU uses less fuel than I expected and it's actually more economical than I thought it would be," he said.