Product focus: Olympus Equipment wheel loaders

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[SPONSORED CONTENT] Olympus Equipment goes out of its way to make sure its range of wheel loaders can offer their owners what they need for whatever industry they’re in, wherever they are.

Product focus: Olympus Equipment wheel loaders
The YX667HD wheel loader in action.

While wheel loaders are versatile pieces of equipment, it’s no secret that every earthmoving operation is different.

After spinning Olympus Equipment Sales out from the family business 18 months ago, Simon Collins is using his 25 years of experience – including nine years focused on wheel loaders – to help determine what is best for each customer.

This experience, bolstered by his having worked with the Chinese suppliers for the past five years, means Olympus is the only company in Australia able to offer custom wheel loader designs for future buyers.

"The changeover was smooth as I upgraded the products to a higher specification to improve on what I had sold before – but still at a competitive price as I had full backing of the factories who supplied me," he says.

Olympus imports 12 different loaders, ranging in power from 110hp to 295hp (82kW to 220kW) and in lift capacity from 1 to 7.5 tonnes – as well as selling the necessary attachments for loaders and excavators.

The construction series of articulated wheel loaders include the 3-tonne, 130hp (97kW) YX636 all the way to the 7.5-tonne, 290hp (216kW) YX677 – which comes with a long wheelbase, ZL and ZF transmission, dry brake system combining air over hydraulic disc brakes and Auto Lube systems.

Once a buyer has selected a base model, the team at Olympus can create a wheel loader built entirely to their specifications.

This can be anything from a highly specced machine with German ZF automatic transmission to one with a heavy duty planetary system – or with long reach booms, extra-large cooling packages for tropical areas or heavier sub frames for extra heavy duty work with rear rippers.

"We supply a premium loader product at a fraction of the cost of the bigger name brands and I have been involved in the design process of all the loaders that are used in different areas of Australia," he says.

"We cover a large range and in the worst case scenario it is only an eight-week wait to build one."

Supplying farmers as well as the construction sector, the team at Olympus is looking forward to taking the wheel loader range to local shows.

2Untitled-1.jpgThe YX657 wheel loader loading a truck.

"Just to meet and chat to the locals each year and find out what and how the loaders are going, what they need and want next to happen, as each year they find new things they want to achieve," he says.

Olympus takes this advice and uses it to help better plan for what buyers want in the year ahead.

The loaders are assembled and sold at Olympus’s base in Loganholme, Queensland, as well as partners M.E.S Mini Excavator Sales in Charmhaven, NSW, Neale Goad Auto Group in Ballarat, Victoria, and the Olympus Holding Yard
in Kadina, South Australia.

However Olympus is proud to be able to able to cover customers wherever they are
in Australia, offering 24/7 support and finding local mechanics to work with the units where needed.

Olympus uses Cummins engines in the wheel loaders – which have an Australia wide network and are backed by a two-year warranty – and building them without high tech computers means work is never held up because of a glitch.

"Having been involved with selling Japanese products over the past two decades, it is a great feeling being a part of the pioneering of the Chinese equipment being built now," he says.

"Our customers have only ever wanted a piece of machinery that, if it breaks down,
anyone with some knowledge of machinery can get it going, without relying on a tech to come out with a computer to take out a fault code and a $1,000 bill to top it off."

4Untitled-2.jpgThe 2,450kg E25u excavator.

Olympus is taking the same approach to its newest project – a range of mini-excavators which will be available here towards the end of this year.

Also built computer-free but with Japanese componentry and hydraulics, the first series of mini excavators comprises the Olympus E19u, E25u and E35u, weighing 1,950kg, 2,450kg and 3,450kg respectively.

Each equipped with a Yanmar engine, Nachi hydraulics and Eaton motors, the excavators will also have Servo controls, a ROPS canopy a variable displacement hydraulic pump with a hydraulic hitch.

The smaller size will set the excavators up well for construction work – especially as infrastructure spending looks set to expand.

"You can tow a 2.5 tonner behind a 4WD, so concreters, plumbers… they can tow them around without a truck – and they will be price competitive," he adds.

"This is very exciting for us as I have been involved with mini excavators most of my life and to market such a high quality brand at such a competitive price is something that doesn’t come along every day," he says.

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