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New Hitachi excavator for German contractor

Hitachi ZX300LCN-6 excavator

Baggerbetrieb Fred Walther invest in new ZX300LCN-6 excavator for asphalt recycling project

DEMOLITION contractors Baggerbetrieb Fred Walther have purchased a new Hitachi ZX300LCN-6 excavator for a long-standing contract at an asphalt recycling site in Karlsruhe, southwest Germany, belonging to Südwest Asphalt GmbH & Co. KG.

The medium-size machine, supplied by authorized Hitachi dealers Kiesel, has been assigned to the facility, where the German contractor has been working for more than five years. The ZX300LCN-6 model is being used to separate and break up asphalt materials for subsequent loading on to a mobile crusher. 

The machine joins the contractor’s ZX210LCN-3 crawler and ZX190W-3 wheeled excavators, as well as the more compact ZX30, ZX50 and ZX85 models across its fleet of Hitachi construction machinery.

Company owner Fred Walther said: ‘The most significant and positive development is the bigger engine compared with the previous model, which we used to rent. We opted for the new ZX300LCN-6 because we needed a machine of this size and capacity. We continue to buy Hitachi machines because they are of the highest quality and have proven reliability – and this is matched by the quality of service from Kiesel.’

To illustrate the importance of reliability to his company, Mr Walther added: ‘When you have 10 trucks dependent on the performance of one excavator and it stops working, then the downtime could prove to be very expensive. With some of the tight deadlines imposed by our customers, we are always under pressure.’

Torsten Jost, an operator for Baggerbetrieb Fred Walther, is clearly impressed by the latest ZX300LCN-6 addition. ‘The power, speed and overall efficiency of the machine have impressed me the most,’ he commented. ‘It’s also very precise and responsive, which is just what we need on this site. In addition, the cab is extremely comfortable and the controls are within easy reach.’

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