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Finnish quarry operator chooses Hitachi machine

Hitachi ZW370-6

Niemisen Sora Oy purchase new ZW370-6 wheel loader for load and haul operations

NIEMISEN Sora Oy have invested in a ZW370-6 – Hitachi’s second-biggest wheel loader – following the successful purchase of the ZW370-5 model in 2016. The Finnish quarry operator is currently using both machines for demanding loading and hauling operations at its 8ha Hausjärvi Quarry, in southern Finland.

The quarry produces around 800,000 tonnes of sand, gravel, chippings and stone products per annum, and Niemisen were keen to hear the opinions of their operators before purchasing the ZW370-6 loader.

The feedback from Henri Petman, chief operator at the quarry, was a key contributing factor to the acquisition of the ZW370-5 wheel loader. He commented: ‘Hitachi wheel loaders are particularly suited to the work we do here because of their excellent carrying capacity and grip. The traction control means there is no wheel spin in slippery conditions. I’m currently working with the ZW370-5 and it performs to a high standard.’

The new ZW370-6 loader has been engineered to meet the demands of the European market. Suitable for a wide range of quarrying applications, the machine is not only versatile, but also offers exceptional reliability. A number of maintenance features have also been developed on the ZW-6 model.

Mr Petman, in particular, has been impressed by the performance of the ZW370-6 unit. ‘My impressions are that the new model is better when travelling uphill and it is more effective when driving into the pile,’ he said. ‘In terms of its acceleration, speed and torque, the ZW370-6 has one of the best engines and transmissions I’ve experienced.

‘It is also reassuring that the stability of the machine is consistent in tough conditions and that the brakes are responsive. I would certainly recommend this wheel loader to anyone working in this industry.’

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