Product focus: Volvo EC Series excavators

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Action Dirt Works Owner Mitch Bartlett is putting his fleet of Volvo E Series excavators with tilt hitches from CJD Equipment to good use.

Product focus: Volvo EC Series excavators
Action Dirt Works Owner Mitch Bartlett purchased his first Volvo excavator back in 2014.

With 23 years of experience under his belt, Bartlett has cretaed his business from the ground up.

"I started out in earthworks 23 years ago when I left school at the age of 17," he says.

"I started working for a landscaping company that owned a skid steer.

"I picked that up pretty quickly and knew which direction I wanted to go so after learning all I could there, I moved to an excavation company with trucks and excavators where I learned to operate diggers and drive heavy rigid tippers."

Bartlett decided it was time to broaden his horizons and travel the world.

But as fate would have it an unfortunate motorcycle accident while in America meant it was time to come home at 23 years old with a broken neck and paralysed arm.

After being told the only work he could do was going to be light duties, Mitch bought a mini skid steer and excavator and started his own business.

Since then Bartlett has run a range of equipment, including wheeled skid steers, track loaders, excavators, loaders and dozers. From racetrack building to swimming pool excavations, he tried to cover it all.


In the earthmoving industry, Bartlett loves to learn new and better ways to achieve the desired finish.

"At Action Dirt Works we focus more on swimming pool excavation, horse arenas and dam construction," Bartlett says.

"I’m a strong believer in taking on every project as if it was my own place, making sure the finished product is better and to a higher standard than was ever expected of us."

Bartlett and his team are currently working on two projects – an ornamental dam and shed site cut in Gough’s Bay, and a private SXS racetrack in a disclosed location.

Standing Out

"We custom paint our equipment to stand out, from matching float and truck to the machines; everything is stickered up and we try to keep everything clean and looking good.

"I love rolling down the road with the machine loaded looking sharp, so when you arrive onsite, you have sent an impressive professional image, which we only expand on as the project progresses to completion."

"We have run tilt hitches on most of our diggers for a long time now. When we first started using them, everyone was blown away by how good they were and how nice we could finish off our jobs.

We are currently looking at upgrading our Volvo ECR145CL to the latest E-Series and fitting it out with a tilt rotator head.

"We decided to move over to CJD Volvo back in 2014 when we purchased an ECR58D excavator and their after-sales service is second to none."

Bartlett has been working with CJDRegional Sales Manager Melbourne Metro & Northern Victoria Ryan Simmonds, who has been with the Volvo brand for 10 years.


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