First Kobelco SK75SR-7 excavators delivered to legacy customer

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The all-new Kobelco SK75SR-7 excavator has just hit Aussie shores, and Kobelco customer Ben Callow from B S Callow Earthworks was thrilled to be the first person to get their hands on not one, but two of the new machines.

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B S Callow Earthworks is the first Australian Kobelco customer to receive the all-new Kobelco SK75SR-7 excavator

Based in Bayswater, Victoria, Callow started his company 12 years ago, and after a short stint with a competitor product, they’ve been purchasing Kobelcos ever since.

"I need quality machines with the right systems in place and a team behind them I can trust, and Kobelco and Melbourne Tractors [his local Kobelco dealer] deliver just that," Callow says.

The business has two key specialities: civil work in schools and arborist work for local councils. It’s a unique mix, so Callow needs a machine he knows he can rely on, and one which he knows is safe and easy to use, says Kobelco. He currently has six Kobelco excavators in his fleet, ranging from a small two-tonne machine to the mid-range 16-tonne machines.

"Our new business only comes from word of mouth. We’re incredibly fortunate because that means I can put more focus on ensuring our machines are at the highest standard, and most importantly safe to operate," he says.

The new SK75SR-7 offers superior performance, greater efficiency and productivity with increased power and speed, says Kobelco. The engine output has increased by 27.9 per cent and digging force is increased by 11 per cent from previous models. It also features an eagle-eye camera for 270-degree vision, which Callow says is an addition that has been great in terms of safety.

"Traditionally we have had to retrofit cameras to new machines, so it’s great that they have been factory fitted. You can definitely tell that Kobelco has done numerous consultations in designing this model," Callow says.

"The fuel efficiency is also above and beyond what I was expecting, which has had a direct impact on our bottom line. For a small business, managing expenses and profitability are paramount, and these machines are continuously delivering this to the business."

Callow also says the operator comfort has been fantastic, and the little changes and additions inside and outside the cab make a huge difference to making sure his team feel comfortable when on the job.

Callow has already put in an order for another, smaller sized model to add to his growing fleet.

"This is an exciting time for me, as I’ve never purchased two brand new machines at once, so it’s a big step for the business, but Melbourne Tractors and Kobelco have been extremely helpful, honest and have consistently delivered with integrity. I feel privileged that I’ve got the support from them both," he says.

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