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McIntosh & Son hosts LiuGong Dig Day

A recent Dig Day showcasing LiuGong construction equipment in Perth, organised by local dealer McIntosh & Son, allowed operators to get up close and personal with the machines

Ongoing demonstrations of LiuGong construction equipment continue to underpin the brand’s strong market penetration, as more and more operators across a range of industries recognise the high performance and value of LiuGong machinery.

A recent Dig, Ride and Drive Day in Perth, hosted by Perth LiuGong dealer McIntosh & Son, attracted a strong crowd of genuine enthusiasts from across metropolitan and regional areas.

It was quickly followed by another event near Albany, one of the state’s thriving regional hotspots for construction and development.

The Perth Dig Day showcased LiuGong’s wheel loaders, rollers and graders, as well as its large, compact and mini excavators; allowing operators to drive the machines and talk with product support staff.

Johnny Inferrera, with the national distributor for LiuGong, says some operators who already had a LiuGong machine decided to get another after the event, with word spreading amongst local operators of the quality of the machines.

“These events have presented a great opportunity to extend awareness and understanding of the brand as well as the performance and value of the machines, and we will be looking to hold further events across the country,” Inferrera says.

He says that WA has been one of the biggest markets for LiuGong wheel loaders in the 10–20 tonne range and ongoing product improvements had been lauded.

“The key attraction is that they work and are a lot more affordable than some of the other established brands,” he says.

“Operators like the reliable Cummins engines and related support, and with the sheer volume of machines in the market now, they can have confidence knowing they have got very strong backup and support for their machines.”

The growing number of return buyers was another great indication of operator satisfaction with the brand.

“Some operators are buying second machines and some are on their fourth and fifth machine,” he says.

High quality

WA equipment hire business All Excavator Hire recently added a LiuGong 856H wheel loader to its fleet after an impressive test drive during the Dig Day event.

Based in Landsdale and Gingin and run by the Chapman family, the business has about 40 pieces of equipment, including excavators and loaders offered for wet and dry hire to all parts of the state, including the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. The equipment is used for a wide range of civil, construction and mining works.

Matt Chapman says his father, who began the business in 1991, rarely changed equipment brands, however the 856H was the first LiuGong wheel loader added to their fleet.

“We actually helped shift the LiuGong gear into the site for the Dig Day and the old man jumped into the 856 to give it a demo. He was very happy with how easy it was to operate, also with [the fact that the loader has] no AdBlue or DPF [diesel particulate filter] and without so many electrics that can cause issues,” Chapman says.

“It’s equivalent to other brands in the market that would have cost another $280,000. We can’t fault the quality of the machine. I could pull the [LiuGong] stickers off it and put others on and you wouldn’t know.”

He says the 856H wheel loader has already clocked more than 100 hours and was currently working near Geraldton, loading road trains with gravel for roadworks and pushing up stockpiles.

“One operator has said it has more power than other equivalent machines,” he says.

Chapman also gave the Perth Dig Day a big thumbs-up.

“A salesman can sell you the dream, but the ability at the Dig Day to put machines to work in similar conditions to what we experience was great,” he says.

Service support

Civil industry operator Cathal Gilchreest has been using a LiuGong 848H wheel loader in his business and cannot fault the machine.

Gilco Civil, which has been operating for about five years, carries out various jobs including water, sewer, stormwater, rail, trenching and pipe laying works throughout the greater Perth region.

Gilchreest says Perth dealer McIntosh & Son has provided excellent service and support via Glen Campbell with other machines in his business, and when he noticed the Cummins engine and ZF running gear and then took the LiuGong loader for a test, he was thoroughly impressed.

The speed and efficiency of the wheel loader stood out on one job in particular, where he had to quickly shift three semi-trailer loads of material to help provide access, he says.

“It is the same as other machines and at around half the price – you can’t go wrong,” Gilchreest says.

“For someone like myself, it’s ideal. A construction company I work with is also now buying a second machine.”

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