Hydraulink – which operates through more than 400 service points across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands – showcased its ranges of hydraulic hoses and fittings, and emphasised the importance of standards compliance and safety training when fitting and maintaining construction and earthmoving equipment that is often several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and upwards of $1 million for the large machines.
“People we spoke to said that safety was their top priority on site. There’s no use saving a hundred dollars here and there, only for a million dollar machine to be out of action due to hoses or fittings not being fitted correctly. It’s just not worth the risk,” says Hydraulink National Franchise Manager, Wayne Abbott.
Mr Abbott says the Hydraulink network is looking to further its expansion plan throughout Australia by taking on new franchises that can foster Hydraulink’s “can do” attitude to problem solving.
“While we were out in Western Sydney, we particularly wanted to meet potential franchise candidates for franchise opportunities in Penrith/Nepean and Windsor/Hawkesbury, where we see the potential for further expansion,” he said.
“The construction industry understands the importance of maximising uptime, to meet schedules and deliver projects on time, and on budget. If a machine is out of action, needing hydraulic repairs, every minute it’s not operating is costly.”
“Of course, wear and tear of parts is natural, so the solution is a combination of using high quality parts that stand the test of time, and engaging a reliable hydraulic hose maintenance company like Hydraulink to come out quickly for breakdown repairs 24/7.”
Hydraulink’s stand at the 2021 Diesel Dirt and Turf expo won “Best Booth” at the show, which Mr Abbott partly attributes to the display of the Jim Read Drag racer.
“We had lots of people stop by to find out where their nearest Hydraulink dealer is, or to thank us for our support of the show, but when the Jim Read Racing team performed an engine start and warm up procedure of their 10,000 horsepower nitro-fuelled engine, it thrilled the onlookers and stole the show!” he said.
SPEEDSTER GETS HEARTS RACING
In addition to its ranges of hydraulic hoses and fittings, Hydraulink also brought along the speedster driven by Australia’s most successful drag racing team, Jim Read Racing. Hydraulink sponsors Jim Read Racing, which was the country’s first team to exceed 300 miles per hour nearly 500km/hour – at the end of the quarter mile in drag events.
“Jim Read is a legend in his sport – over 50 years he has won 17 National Championships, 16 Australian Championships and ten Winter Nationals, along with NSW Championships, Grand Finals, USA versus Australia and Australia versus New Zealand Match races,” said Mr Abbott.
“The legend continues through the generations, with the car now being driven by Jim’s son Phil Read, who is himself, a three times Australian Champion. The team and car are managed by Jim’s other son, Bruce Read.”
“In their last appearance, the Jim Read Racing team set the track record at 3.80 seconds and will be representing the Hydraulink franchise network at future Nitro Championships.”
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