Tasmanian contractor Hazell Bros has added another new Hidromek excavator to its fleet.
Hazell Bros was founded in 1944 by brothers Donald and Rowley Hazell as a transport business operating in Southern Tasmania. Throughout its 75+ year history, the family owned and operated company has diversified its operations and business offerings to meet the prevailing economic conditions.
Having expanded into Queensland and South Australia, Hazell Bros’ core business offering covers civil construction, quarries, concrete, construction material testing, plant hire, transport, asset servicing, and industrial services.
With a 700-strong team of employees, Hazell Bros enjoys a longstanding reputation for reliability in providing service solutions and the supply of quality products and materials.
The right equipment
John Hogan from Hazell Bros, speaking from the Hydro Tas project on Lake King William in Tasmania, discusses the site conditions and where a brand-new 52-tonne Hidromek HMK500LCHD fits into the company’s fleet.
John has over 40 years’ experience in the industry and has worked for and with Hazell Bros for many of those years. He is highly regarded in the industry and has worked as a superintendent on many projects. John has extensive experience in bulk excavations, and takes pride in finding the right machine for any Hazell Bros project.
“We are constructing intake and outlet portals as well as a tunnel for Hydro Tasmania,” he says. “The material and ground is very wet and boggy. Onsite, we have seven excavators including the new 52-tonner, a loader, three dozers, and seven 40- and 30-tonne articulated dump trucks. The machines are loading out 120,000 cubic metres of very wet clay.”
John says the team is also about to start on the drilling and blasting of rock and will begin loading out hard dolerite shortly.
“It hasn’t been the easiest of work and the HMK500LCHD has done a good job,” he says. “We have an HMK300LC here as well and have had no issues with that either.”
It is expected that the project will run until the end of summer 2024.
Value and performance
John says Hazell Bros is very thorough in its approach to buying new equipment, reviewing service manuals, and ensuring all specs are in line with business requirements.
“We took into consideration the pricing, which was nearly $300,000 below some of the other options, and then looked at the breakout horsepower and compared cycle times,” he says.
As the team already had experience owning Hidromek excavators and recognised the HMK500LCHD would also meet their requirements, the excavator was ordered and delivered early 2023.
John says that while the cab design was not a specific factor in the purchase decision, operators have been very pleased with the operating experience since the machine’s delivery.
“Our operator Rob has been in the industry a long time and is very impressed with the comfort of the machine,” he says. “He would have sat in just about every brand out there and he definitely likes this one, so that is worth noting.
“Rob is also happy with the way it digs, happy with the power and its overall performance since it’s been here.”
John says the HMK500LCHD’s simplicity of maintenance has also impressed his team.
“They really like the auto greaser, and servicing has been good – no complaints,” he says. “We haven’t actually needed to do much work on it.”
Asked if he would recommend Hidromek, John doesn’t hesitate.
“Yes, I would recommend Hidromek, the operators like them and that makes a big difference,” he says. “They find it very comfortable and easy to operate. The Hidromeks do what they say they will do, they’re not down on power, and with no breakdowns to speak of.”
John also has nothing but positive comments about Hidromek dealer Onetrak’s aftersales support, and his experience working with Onetrak Territory Manager Rodney Onions.
“We know Rodney really well, and he and Onetrak have worked well with us here at Hazell Bros,” John says. “But we wouldn’t expect anything else from Onetrak!”