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At bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, Hidromek and Maximum Equipment announced the expansion of their relationship. Apart from excavators, Maximum Equipment has also become the distributor of Hidromek’s range of backhoe loaders in the local market, Capital Equipment News can report. The range was previously distributed by Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa, and comprises the larger HMK 102B Alpha and the compact HMK 62SS mini-TLB.

The new Hidromek HMK 62SS is said to have generated a lot of interest at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, with three units sold during the show. “The machine provides customers with a mini but reliable and strong machine even in the toughest conditions. A single HMK 62SS can tackle jobs that normally call for two different machines, such as a mini excavator and a mini loader,” says Ellis.

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Vaughan Ellis, MD of Maximum Equipment.

The compact size of the machine, the ability to turn 360 degrees on its own axis, a banana boom on the backhoe, standard additional auxiliary hydraulic lines, make HMK 62SS ideal for urban construction sites and agricultural applications where space is often limited.

Meanwhile, a single HM 102 B Alpha backhoe loader was sold to a Bloemfontein farmer at the show. “The backhoe loader’s 6-in-1 loading bucket with a 1,1 m³ capacity provides advanced level of loading performance. Thanks to the bucket geometry that is designed carefully, effective use of bucket capacity is guaranteed,” explains Ellis.

The ALPHA Series comes with greater weight distribution and wide stabilisers provide safer excavation in uneven terrain. The machine also comes with an additional hydraulic line as standard for hydraulic breaker and attachment use. “The HM 102 B Alpha’s telescopic arm has a digging depth of up to 5,8 m, which is a big advantage in deep excavations and applications that call for a long reach,” says Ellis.

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