Product focus: Hidromek HMK640WL wheel loader

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Situated just outside of Redesdale in Central Victoria, Barfold Quarry supplies a number of contractors, local councils and concrete plants with aggregate.

The quarry employs approximately 20 staff and we run a total of 25 bits of gear including hire gear, mobile crushers and screens, dump trucks excavators, loaders and trucks & trailers.

Barfold Quarry managing director Sam Trovatello recently became the owner of a Hidromek HMK640WL wheel loader and says his fleet and operation is steadily growing.

"I was formerly involved in a family business including Central PreMix & Central Quarries," he explains of his background in the industry," he explains.

"In recent times we sold to Adelaide Brighton. The business comprised of 5 concrete plants located in Melbourne, Basalt quarry in Rockbank and Sand & Gravel operation in Seymour. We ran a total of 100+ vehicles at the time".

Barfold Quarry is part of a larger group of companies. The quarry runs a fleet of 10 trucks and trailers that service construction sites, local councils and concrete plants with aggregates.

"As the demand for quarry products has increased, it has given us an opportunity to expand our fleet and quarry operations.

"We’re seeing a strong demand for raw materials and our previous loaders were becoming old and tired, so we needed another loader in the fleet."

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Trovatello had the wheel loader on a demo at Barfold Quarry for a few days so had the opportunity to spend some time and get a feel for it before making a decision.

"I believe the machine is equal or better than some of the major brands," he says.

"We were very satisfied with the performance and the machine ticked all the boxes for us.

"The value for money in the Hidromek was really good and the warranty and back-up service from Onetrak were other reasons I chose the Hidromek loader.

Trovatello also had a prior experience dealing with Onetrak and says they have always been a pleasure to deal with.

"The pre-delivery by the dealer was very good as well and really left us with all the info and knowledge we need when buying a new machine and a new brand," he says.

"The HMK640WL has plenty of power and it’s comfortable and easy to operate.

"Having had experience with other brands and jumping into a Hidromek; I’ve got to say it’s very user friendly and easy to operate.

"In terms of the design the visibility is fantastic from the cab; all components within the machine are also easily accessible, which is a huge plus.

"I’m also interested in the 40-50 tonne Hidromek excavators. They’re very solid and a good fit for quarry application.

"Hidromek is a new brand but if you don’t try – you never know. We are getting a lot of questions from other contractors about the machine and it definitely generates a lot of interest."

 

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