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Herbst Tiefbau opt for new Hyundai HL955A

Hyundai HL955A wheel loader

German operator purchases new wheel loader based solely on advertisement and data sheet
FOR the first time in the company’s history, Epfach-based Herbst Tiefbau – a German civil engineering business run by Christian Herbst and his six-man team – have ordered a brand-new Hyundai HL955A wheel loader based solely on the advert and data sheet for the machine, from Hyundai dealers Fischer & Schweiger GmbH in Zusmarshausen.

Mr Herbst said: ‘I was confident enough to place this order based on the datasheet as I have known Georg Schweiger of Fischer & Schweiger for many years. We have been doing business together since 1996 and things have always worked out well.’
Needing a new wheel loader for work in gravel pits and other applications, Herbst chose the latest model in Hyundai’s A-series, equipped with a Stage V engine that delivers 149kW of net power.

The new star of the fleet arrived in January 2020, with a standard bucket, central lubrication and rock tyres. The machine operates for around 400 hours a year at various job sites.

The Cummins QSB6.7 engine with its all-in-one exhaust after-treatment system is easy to maintain thanks to its diagnostics connection to Hi-Mate, long service intervals and DPF. The system does not require manual DPR regeneration.

The machine’s IWM (Intelligent Work Mode) menu allows for three engine modes – Power, Power Smart and Economy – to provide full engine power or reduced fuel consumption, depending on the application.

Power Smart Mode results in reduced energy losses and an average of 3–5% fuel saving. In addition, engine power is optimized to deliver higher torque at lower rev/min.

Christian Herbst often operates the new wheel loader himself and is very pleased with its performance. He said: ‘I operate graders, wheeled excavators, including Hyundai machines, and wheel loaders myself, so I’m familiar with the workings of all machines.

‘With this knowledge, I know first-hand how good the [Hyundai] machines have become in terms of hydraulics, electronics and ergonomics. I am very satisfied with the new Hyundai HL955A.

‘The 2.8 cubic metre bucket is perfectly suited for our operations, and with a weight of 15 tonnes it can easily be transported to the job site on our low-loader without needing a special permit.’

The spacious operator cabin on the HL955A features an ergonomic, electro-hydraulic joystick to comfortably control all loader functions, whilst joystick steering is optional.

The machine’s premium seat comes with a four-way air suspension (up/down and front/back), and the fully adjustable armrest results in greater operator comfort and less operator fatigue.
Hyundai A-series wheel loaders are equipped as standard with a rear-view camera, but the optional AAVM camera system takes safety to a higher level, informing the operator when people or hazardous objects are detected.

The AAVM camera system comprises two major features – AVM (Around View Monitoring) and IMOD (Intelligent Moving Object Detection). Four cameras cover each side of the wheel loader, allowing the AVM system to offer a 360° overview of the machine's surroundings, whilst IMOD indicates all movements around the machine.
Mr Herbst added: ‘Fischer & Schweiger also handle our maintenance, and I know that if something goes wrong on a Friday evening, a technician will be on site within two hours. Fischer & Schweiger have never let me down – so of course, I was happy to purchase with confidence a machine that I had not seen.’

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