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Capital Equipment News February 2018ON THE COVER:

Ahead of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, leading Turkish OEM, Hidromek, has announced that it will officially take the wraps off its new 39 t HMK 370 LC HD crawler excavator, making it the biggest excavator model currently offered by local South African supplier Maximum Equipment.

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in South Africa from March 13 to 16, 2018. The third international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles, presents a perfect opportunity for both Hidromek and its local dealer, Maximum Equipment, to officially introduce the new HMK 370 LC HD excavator.

Vaughan Ellis, MD of Maximum Equipment, says the official debut of the HMK 370 LC HD will mark a step up in the Hidromek excavator line-up locally. The new HMK 370 LC HD allows Maximum Equipment to offer the Hidromek “Turkish delight” to a whole new segment. “It is a mining spec’d machine. It will largely cater for small-scale mining and quarrying applications,” explains Ellis. “It can load a 10 m³ tipper fast and cost effectively, achieving 4-5 passes with its 2,2 m³ bucket.”

The machine ticks all the right boxes for mining and quarrying applications. It comes fully spec’d with hammer lines and an in-line filter as standard, making it the ultimate tool carrier. Hammer lines allow for immediate installation of hydraulic attachments, while an in-line filter guards against particle contamination of the hydraulic system. Contamination of hydraulic oil, mostly when using hydraulic attachments, can be detrimental as it reduces the service life of hydraulic components.

Gap well bridged

Scania Financing 02 2018 001That conventional financing institutions often have their appetite for risk at its lowest during difficult business cycles is no overstatement. Consequently, funding big-ticket acquisitions such as commercial vehicles can be a real headache for commercial vehicle operators. Equipped with a precisely opposite approach – supporting customers in good and bad times – Scania Finance & Insurance Southern and East Africa, the captive finance arm of Scania South Africa, has adequately bridged the financing gap for regional Scania customers, and testimony to this is the doubling of its portfolio in the past three years.

In difficult business cycles, one of the major challenges facing businesses is finding capital, according to Petr Novotny, MD of Scania Finance & Insurance Southern and East Africa. Bear in mind that tangible assets such as trucks typically require a significant amount of capital. Of note is the reluctance by conventional financial institutions to fund such big-tickets purchases, especially during times of uncertainty. It is for this reason that several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offer captive financing solutions to their customers.

A case in point is Scania Finance & Insurance Southern and East Africa, which has significantly grown its financing portfolio in recent years, successfully bridging the financing gap for Scania customers operating in both Southern and East Africa.

Taking control of motor grader productivity

CASE 885B Motor Grader 02 2018 001In the past, it was an “art” to learn traditional motor grader controls, but in recent years original equipment manufacturers, through their advanced research and development regimes, have made motor grader operation simpler than in the old days. But, what really made older versions of motor graders difficult to operate?

Yaroslav Chechik, Motor Grader Product Specialist at Caterpillar, says the main difficulty when working on a conventional grader with a set of levers is to learn and remember all the functions of each of them and to multitask. To be more productive, the operator needs to perform several implement movements at the same time.

Dale Oldridge, Product Marketing Manager at Bell Equipment, says previously access to GPS positioning was a costly or non-existent option available in the market, which meant that there was greater onus on the grader operator to have the skill and technique to achieve the desired surface profile in the quickest possible time.

Antonio Strati, Graders Product Marketing Manager – CNH Industrial Construction Equipment for Europe Africa and Middle East, agrees that operating a motor grader requires a lot of skill and experience, bearing in mind the need to complete simultaneous operations, for example, to set the controls, while keeping an eye on the angle and height of the moldboard, at the same time.

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