Western Australia's Allwest Plant Hire has recently purchased four low-hour Komatsu HM400-2 articulated dump trucks, along with a PC800-8 excavator.
All the machines were purchased as Premium Used equipment through Komatsu Australia's Used Equipment division.
Allwest Plant Hire operates throughout Western Australia, hiring equipment to mining and civil construction projects around the state, according to owner Ian Priday."We have been in the plant hire business since 2006, but we've also been doing drainage construction for the past 28 years through an associated company, Ultimate Drainage," said Ian.The move into articulated dump trucks is a first for the company, after it identified a need from potential clients.
"We had some interest from our customer base for ADTs and we were able to offer the hire terms that they wanted."As a result, we were able to secure some good long-term hires."Our first two machines have gone up to a mid-west rail project, after which they'll be heading for Port Hedland to work on a project for NRW," he said.
"The other two machines, plus the excavator, are just about to be delivered."
Ian said that traditionally he was a new equipment buyer, but lead times on new machines lead him to look at low-hour used machines."There is a very big shortage of plant equipment over in WA, so we just wanted to go with a reputable brand like Komatsu."Because there was no new equipment available in the time we wanted it, we talked to Komatsu Used Equipment."We were after a warranty, they offer a warranty and we werehappy with that."The warranty looks good and comprehensive, and so we have gone with those machines," Ian said.
"We've been very happy with our dealings with Komatsu's Used Equipment division in Perth, particularly Alister Dale (Business Development Manager - Used Equipment), and his colleague John Makin."