Equipment focus: Takeuchi TB230 compact excavator

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Australia’s first Takeuchi TB230 compact excavator has been helping a NSW concrete and landscaping group work faster and smarter

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  • 18.2kW Yanmar diesel

  • Just under three tonnes bucket breakout force

  • Wrap-around counterweight

Fenech Groundworx has been in operation for the last 25 years preparing residential construction sites for building companies, undertaking concrete preparation works for driveways and footpaths. On top of that Fenech also does landscaping and installs retaining walls.

Owner Steve Fenech added a Takeuchi TB230 compact excavator to the fleet, the first to arrive in Australia, after looking for a high-performance unit that could work quickly and reliably.

"With many of our assignments being for project builders, speed, precision and reliability in getting projects completed on time is very important," Fenech says.

"Having owned and operated many brands of equipment over the years, we had a good idea of what type of excavator we needed to keep the business at peak efficiency and maintain our high level of customer service.

"After evaluating the options, we decided on the new model Takeuchi TB230 excavator. The main reason for the decision was our priority for a highly engineered, rugged excavator that would keep performing faultlessly day after day. The quality and engineering of this excavator is first-class."

The TB230 features Takeuchi’s craning system, which allows operators to safely control the lifting of suspended loads even when the exact mass isn’t known. The system includes anti-drop valves and warns of an unstable position and then stops excessive reach, meaning you can retract the load but only to a predetermined safe radius.

"This 3-tonne class machine can easily load over the side of a truck and really packs a punch with its powerful, quiet and smooth 17.6 kW Yanmar diesel engine," Fenech says.

"It also has ample first auxiliary hydraulic output which is more than enough to drive a PD3 Digga auger in tough conditions," Fenech says, adding that moving the TB230 excavator and its attachments between jobsites is easy using a 4.5-tonne GVM rating trailer.


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