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Nepean Mini Excavations and Sydney Trucks & Machinery

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Nepean Mini Excavations (NME) has been providing excavation and earthmoving services around western Sydney for the better part of seven years, with Managing Director Dale Warwick stating that while the locally owned and operated business started out small, it has since carved out a strong niche for itself in the area.

Dale told EEM he had originally started with a small truck and a mini-excavator, and has steadily built his fleet as the business, which primarily provides excavations for concrete and fibre glass swimming pools, has grown over the years.

Dale, whose experience in earthmoving and excavation stretches back 15 years, said he had long harboured an ambition to start his own business.

“I knew that that’s what I wanted to do,” he commented. “I started working for some old bosses and contacts that I had, and then things really just snowballed from there.

“I bought an additional excavator, and a small posi-track, and then after that I bought another excavator and another posi-track. I now run four trucks, four excavators, two posi-tracks, four mini-dumpers, and every attachment you can think of pretty much.”

A KEEN EYE FOR DETAIL KEEPS CUSTOMERS SATISFIED
Dale told EEM that in addition to pool excavations, NME provides a range of earthmoving services, working on jobs both big and small, with it currently undertaking a sandstone block retaining wall project worth $300,000.

When it comes to his approach to work and ensuring customer satisfaction, he said he prides himself on being a perfectionist, and won’t sign off on a project until it has been completed right down to the smallest detail.

“I am the fussiest human I know, you ask the boys who work for me,” he commented. “If it’s not perfect, it’s not good enough. Every job needs to be done as if I was doing my own backyard at home. If it’s not to that standard, then the job’s not finished.”

Machines that are robust and reliable are needed to both power through jobs efficiently and help maintain high work standards on site, with NME having recently added a couple of C&F Traker T60HT mini-dumpers to its fleet.

Dale described them as being no-frills, wellconstructed machines, which can be relied upon to get the job done.

“They seem to be significantly more robust than the competitors’ machines,” he commented. “Like they’re stronger and should last longer because they look and feel like they are better built, with stronger parts.”

SYDNEY TRUCKS & MACHINERY PROVIDES A NO-FUSS SERVICE
Dale said the main motivation behind the purchase of the T60HTsis his relationship with Sydney Trucks & Machinery (STM), which offers a range of new and used trucks and machinery, along with an extensive inventory of spare parts.

Family-owned-and-operated STM has provided Dale with a range of equipment since he started NME, complemented by after-sales services when required.

“I’ve bought multiple machines and trucks through STM over the last six-and-a-half years,” he said.

“Nothing’s ever a problem, and if there is an issue they sort it out. If I need something they make it happen straight away.

“To be perfectly honest, the reason I bought those T60HTs is because STM are close to my area, and I know them and get on with them very well, and if something goes wrong, they’ll fix it on the spot.”

In addition to this, Dale’s fleet also includes a number of Kobelco excavators, also purchased from STM over the years.

“I love the Kobelcos because their warranty is as good as anybody else’s, and they never, ever question anything, as far as the warranty goes, if something was to go wrong,” he commented.

“I’ve never had anything, any major failures in six-and-a-half years. They’re quieter than most other machines, and they are better on fuel than most other machines, and they’ve got more than adequate power to get the job done.”

BUSINESS OUTLOOK LOOKING GOOD FOR 2022
Dale told EEM that “business has been fantastic” over the past year, with NME having been kept busy throughout 2021 working on a range of projects, with there being no signs of things slowing down any time soon.

In fact, building on the momentum of the previous 12 months, he noted that 2022 is also shaping up to be a busy one, with around 60 per cent of NME’s work made up of excavations for concrete and fibre glass swimming pools.

“With COVID and people not being able to go overseas or away on holidays, a lot of people are spending money at home, renovating and putting pools in, so they can swim at home over the summers,” he said.

“The year ahead is also looking like it’s going to be fantastic. Work and the business is going as well as it ever has.”

C&F TRAKER T60HT MINI-DUMPER FEATURES
Designed for construction, landscaping, agriculture and gardening applications, the T60HT has two electric starter engine options (a 6.3 kW Honda GX270 petrol engine, or 4.9 kW Yanmar L70N diesel engine), and can carry loads up to 550 kg.

Weighing in at 510 kg (empty weight), it additionally features:
• Versatile high-tip system – a maximum tipping height of 1.42 m
• Hydrostatic transmission – 4 km/h travel speed, dual lever direction control
• Hydraulic system – three-stage hydraulic power
• Narrow undercarriage for easy site access – The undercarriage is 680mm which allows the mini dumper to operate in tight access operations along with 180mm rubber tracks with tensioner, and three rollers with smooth drive rocking system
• Operator platform – folds out for use

C&F TRAKER T85HT MINI-DUMPER FEATURES
The T85HT can be put to use across heavy duty applications, with it having two electric starter engine options (an 8.7 kW Honda GX390 petrol engine, or 7.4 kW Yanmar L100 diesel engine), and is capable of carrying loads up to 700 kg.

Weighing in at 600 kg (empty weight), it also features:
• Versatile high-tip system – a maximum tipping height of 1.42 m
• Hydrostatic transmission – 5 km/h travel speed, mono-joystick direction control
• Hydraulic system – three-stage hydraulic power
• Narrow undercarriage for easy site access – The undercarriage is 780mm which allows the mini dumper to operate in tight access operations along with 180mm rubber tracks with tensioner, and three rollers with smooth drive rocking system
• Operator platform – folds out for use

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