Mulgoa Quarries – Striving to meet future industry demands

Mulgoa Quarries

Mulgoa Quarries’ long history in the earthmoving industry spans generations, stretching back the better part of six decades, with the family-owned-and-operated business having built its reputation around providing clients across the Sydney metropolitan region a wide range of high-quality excavation solutions.

Over the years Mulgoa Quarries has branched out from its clay and shale quarrying roots to preside over an increasingly diversified suite of civil engineering services, with it expanding to specialise in areas including major bulk earthworks, controlled filling and remediation projects.

Co-owner Adrian Wearn, who himself has been involved in the industry for close to 40 years, told EEM that while Mulgoa Quarries has grown significantly since its establishment it has very much remained a family enterprise.

“My father started quarrying in 1964, as part of his earthmoving operations, and took over some land at Mulgoa, and then started supplying the brick industry,” Adrian explained of the business’ origins.

“I started out as an apprentice plant mechanic 39 years ago, and 37 years ago myself and four brothers took over the running of Mulgoa Quarries, while for the last 20 years, it’s just been one brother and myself running the business.”

With Adrian and brother Rob at the helm of the business, Mulgoa Quarries has since grown to employ over 110 staff, with an operating fleet spanning more than 75 items of earthmoving equipment, along with 28 truck and trailer combinations of varying payloads.

Consistent and professional operations deliver repeat business

Mulgoa Quarries caters for its clients’ wide- ranging civil engineering needs, and also offers bulk haulage and disposal, waste transport and contract quarrying services, providing selective mining and stockpiling of over 1,000,000 tonne of clay and shale per annum (it has over the years held contracts with clients including Austral Bricks, Boral Bricks and PGH Bricks & Pavers).

In addition to this, it maintains a modern fleet of high-quality earthmoving equipment for hire, decked out to tackle a broad range of tasks, from roadworks to subdivisions, mining, excavation, and building and development projects.

“Our core business is contract quarrying and stockpile management for the brick industry, providing services for a sector that is reasonably unique,” Adrian explained.

“Also, we’ve recently been doing some big quarry rehabilitation work, rehabilitating old quarries in the Western Sydney area.”

Adrian told EEM that Mulgoa Quarries prides itself on putting its clients first, with its team of highly trained specialists drawing on a wealth of knowledge in undertaking a broad range of excavation and earthmoving projects.

“I think it’s been our consistent and professional operations, running sites in a manner that clients desire, and the culture of our operators and employees to be able to provide that high level of service that gives us repeat business,” he said.

“We’re proud of the professional culture embraced by all of our staff, from general tidiness and safety onsite, to a positive can-do attitude.”

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Sophisticated Liebherr R 938 G8 Crawler Excavators deliver power and comfort

Mulgoa Quarries has recently taken delivery of two Liebherr R 938 G8 crawler excavators, with Adrian noting he had long been aware of the reputation of Liebherr, one of the largest construction equipment manufacturers in the world, prior to purchasing the machines.

Adrian told EEM that in an industry that is extremely demanding day in and day out, with projects needing to be carried out efficiently and effectively, Mulgoa Quarries requires equipment that is not only durable, but also versatile and powerful, with the R 938 G8 excavators fitting the bill.

“We gave an R 938 G8 excavator a demo, and found it to be a very smooth and powerful machine,” he commented. “In addition to this, our operators can customise the machine’s functions to suit different applications, and they also provide great fuel efficiency.

“Straight away we realised that they are a very sophisticated excavator, and we also found Liebherr’s service to be very keen and prompt.”

As it stands, both of the R 938 G8 excavators have been racking up plenty of operating hours since joining Mulgoa Quarries’ fleet, having been put to work across different projects, and Adrian noted that his operators are more than happy with both the performance and comfort levels provided.

“They’re working a minimum of 50 hours a week, weather depending, across various detailed and bulk excavation applications,” he said. “And they’ve been getting great feedback from the operators, and if they’re happy operating the machines that goes a long way.

“Every indication is that we have very busy times ahead, everyone wants to do business at the moment, and we look forward to moving forward with Liebherr.”

Liebherr R 938 G8 Crawler Excavator specs

Developed and manufactured by Liebherr-France SAS, the Liebherr R 938 G8 crawler excavator weighs in at an operating weight of 37.2-39.05 tonne, with it running a 220 kW Liebherr D944 A7-24 Tier 4 Final engine with an SCR filter (featuring automatic idling/ speed increase, controlled via joystick sensors), and has a bucket capacity of 1.9-3m3.

Liebherr advises that the R 938 G8 excavator’s design is characteristic of its new Generation 8 machine range, with its architecture having been completely revamped “to provide even greater comfort, better ergonomics and more enhanced performance”.

The R 938 G8 excavator’s features also include:

  • Safety – the ROPS-certified cab sports panoramic visibility with no obstructions, with rear and right-hand-side cameras providing for enhanced safety; an emergency exit is available via the rear cab window, while the right window and windshield feature laminated and tinted glass, and a tiltable console allows for safe and easy cab access.
  • Operator comfort – a spacious, air- conditioned workspace features an airsprung seat with vertical and longitudinal suspension, along with an easy-to-use high-resolution 9-inch colour touchscreen, and also comes with LED lighting as standard; in addition to this, the front cab window is completely retractable.
  • Undercarriage – there is a choice of two different robust x-shaped undercarriages, equipped with integrated eyes for secure transport, along with maintenance-free track chains and track rollers with lifetime lubrication.
  • Maintenance – service points are accessible from ground level, with the engine oil, hydraulic oil, fuel and urea (diesel exhaust fluid) levels visible on the display, with lateral access provided to the uppercarriage, with a large maintenance platform.

Liebherr provides innovative, high-quality heavy machinery solutions

Since its foundation, Liebherr has been known as a pioneer in high-quality, breakthrough innovations. With their passion, freedom and visionary mindset, the people at Liebherr will continue creating fascinating solutions and setting new standards. In the area of product development, the Group is already working today to create the solutions of tomorrow.

With its G8 crawler excavator category focusing on safety, increased power and fuel efficiency, as well as durability and overall productivity, Liebherr continues to develop its heavy machinery product offering around an innovative and industry-leading design approach, guaranteeing all Liebherr machines can be deployed with great efficiency and performance in the most challenging and difficult environments.

Customer satisfaction has remained Liebherr’s underlying focus over the course of its long history. With the high-performance G8 excavators featuring improved functionality, engine power, a heavier counterweight for higher bucket capacities and overall reduced fuel consumption, Generation 8 crawler excavators leverage the latest technology to ensure customers can complete jobs with maximum efficiency, the highest level of precision and outstanding performance and exceptional durability. In addition to this, other innovations include a boom concept with a modified head for better boom forces and an optimised load curve, enabling consistent and improved fuel savings.

Mulgoa Quarries has been harnessing these efficiencies since adding two R 938 G8 excavators to its fleet and continues to see the ongoing benefits of the latest technology of Liebherr Equipment.

For more information, please visit www.liebherr.com.au

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