Equipment focus: Takeuchi TB210R compact excavator

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Takeuchi TB210R compact excavator VT Group’s Tony Condello (left) and Andrew Milani with the new fleet of Takeuchi TB210R mini excavators Takeuchi TB210R compact excavator

A Melbourne-based drainage and plumbing contractor has recently upgraded its excavator fleet by adding eight 1.2-tonne Takeuchi TB210R compact excavators.

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Keilor East-based VT Group supplies plumbing and drainage services to residential developers in Melbourne’s northern suburbs as well as the growth areas of Werribee, Whittlesea and Geelong.

Originally focused on drainage works, VT Group recently acquired a plumbing specialist and, as a result, has expanded its range of services.

"Our core business was previously focused on drainage works," VT Group director Heath Peatling says.

"Having recently merged with a plumbing specialist, we are now a comprehensive supplier of drainage and plumbing services that include pre-slab sewer and storm water, internal plumbing and retention systems."

VT Group had an existing fleet of Takeuchi TB016 excavators, and the group’s experience with them led to the purchase of the TB210R when it came time to upgrade.

"Experience with our large fleet of Takeuchi TB016 excavators has been very positive, with reliability and performance always up to expectations," Peatling says.

"Because these excavators were very reliable and easy to maintain and repair, many had logged over 8,000 hours of hard labour. It was time to replace these and evaluate which machine would be best for our business efficiency."

The 1.2-tonne TB210R compact excavator is designed for use in cramped, urban environments. The machine sits on adjustable tracks that can be set at either 750mm or 1020mm width, giving it a very small footprint.

"As the demands of residential construction have become tighter and more challenging, we found the new 1.2-tonne TB 210R model was a perfect size for us," Peatling says.

"The machines fit through all tight areas and are used for final finish and trench repair work."

The unit is powered by a 8.6kW Kubota diesel engine, and the TB210R’s 880mm digging arm can dig trenches up to 1755mm, with the bucket delivering up to 11.2kN of breakout force. 


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