Global compact earthmoving brand performing well in the local market

Global compact earthmoving brand performing well in the local market

Gehl skidsteers, tracked skidsteer loaders, articulated loaders and TLBs are available in South Africa through ELB Equipment

Following ELB Equipment’s re-launch of the robust Gehl range of construction and earthmoving equipment late last year ELB’s business development manager, Danie Gerber, confirms that this brand’s renowned performance in the materials handling business in SA has led to its quick adoption in the construction industry.

Gehl, an American based company, is one of the world’s leading compact equipment manufacturers, producing a range of rugged and reliable products amongst which are skidsteers, articulated loaders and BHL’s that deliver powerful performance and that are versatile enough to be used across a number of industries, including construction, mining, agriculture and manufacturing industries.

Gerber says the range complements the distributor’s best-of-breed philosophy for world-beating products which have track records to prove their quality and with high levels of service and aftermarket support.

Global acquisition
“The product range arises from the procurement internationally of the Terex Construction brand by the manufacturer’s parent company. The Gehl range is a large and well-known one throughout the world and is in the safest of hands here in South Africa with ELB Equipment. ELB Equipment have been distributing Mustang Skid steers for 10 years now and has converted to the manufacturer’s Gehl brand which is the same product manufactured under a different brand name. This means that ELB will continue to support and provide backup for the Mustang population in the market.

ELB Equipment’s Ernest Moremedi, Dean Logan, Rhett O’Neill and Keon Kardolus

“We will follow up last year’s re-launch with similar events in 2019, targeting the construction and industrial sectors and will communicate and demonstrate products to all our customers in the months to come,” said Gerber.

He added that the Gehl display at Nampo 2018 has already paid dividends with a number of would-be customers already interested in machines. Not surprising, considering that the country’s premium-brand machines are competitively priced and have an additional reputation for having among the lowest costs-of-ownership in the international industry.

Local market
Gehl skidsteers, tracked skidsteers, loaders and BHL’s are designed to be robust, reliable, easy-to-operate and simple to maintain. They represent excellent value with a wide range of variations available across the entire range of machines.

“The re-launch of Gehl into the marketplace is one of the most exciting entries into the local market and represents one of the most anticipated re-entries of a premium brand into the local construction and earthmoving markets in many years. Supported by one of the country foremost equipment suppliers, it is sure to gain the attention of fleet owners across the entire southern African region,” concludes Gerber.

Hard Hat Equipment Hire – celebrating 10 years of service excellence to the construction sector

Hard Hat Equipment Hire – celebrating 10 years of service excellence to the construction sector

Amongst the Hard Hat fleet of 36 vehicles is this eight ton truck, complete with crane, to lift heavy equipment such as its fleet of ride-on-rollers

Established in 2008 Hard Hat Equipment Hire has grown in leaps and bounds and is now firmly entrenched and recognised as a leader in the market and key provider of equipment to the construction sector.

Teamwork and dedication, a comprehensive range of quality, well-maintained equipment, top notch customer service, advanced operational software systems, enthusiasm and a flair to go the extra mile – are all synonymous with Hard Hat Equipment Hire – a successful and growing business.

The company started out from a single branch – which is now its head office in Edenvale – and has steadily expanded three branches across Gauteng with a fourth having been recently established in Klerksdorp, North West Province.

Strategic Partnerships
Recognising the potential of Hard Hat, Teljoy made a firm commitment to the company by deploying long-standing Teljoy director, Frank Noble, to drive the Hard Hat business from May 2016. Passionate to succeed, he has created a team second to none in the sector.

In late 2017, long-time empowerment partner of Teljoy, the Southern Palace Group, purchased a significant minority stake in Hard Hat, promoting not only black economic empowerment, but also adding a new dynamic to the existing Teljoy rental DNA.

Hard Hat Equipment Hire, celebrating its 10th year of service excellence to the construction sector, offers an extensive range of equipment

“Our continued growth in recent years is in line with our strategic plan to continue to grow Hard Hat’s equipment fleet and to steadily open branches in all the major centres in South Africa,” says Frank Noble, CEO of Hard Hat Equipment Hire.

“Our investment in equipment is ongoing,” says Operations Executive, Brenda Rowe. “Although our range of available equipment is extensive, we often purchase new equipment to meet clients’ specific needs. Presently we have 36 vehicles on the road, including an eight ton truck, complete with crane, to lift heavy equipment such as our fleet of ride-on-rollers and a five ton truck with a beaver tail.”

The Hard Hat management team – making clients’ experience unparalleled in every way:
Roger Pike – Financial Manager, Brenda Rowe – Operations Executive, Frank Noble – CEO and Andrew Myburgh – Sales Manager

Andrew Myburgh, Hard Hat’s Sales Manager says: “As a tight-knit team we at Hard Hat have been developing relationships with organisations in the industry who share our value system and ethos, thus steadily building our customer base and efficiency. In addition, we strive to provide our clients with the best, most reliable and efficient equipment, services and support.”

Hard Hat takes pride in maintaining an average delivery time to client of under 2 hours. Furthermore, the company’s turn-around time on equipment swap-outs is excellent, thus creating a significant advantage over its competitors.

Hard Hat has an after-hours standby team ready to assist 24/7, an essential service for those “stuck in the mud” late and after-hours breakdowns.

A few of Hard Hat’s fleet of light towers

The company’s skilled and experienced branch managers each lead reliable and passionate teams, thus enabling a high level of equipment up-time and ensuring strong personal client relations.

Hard Hat has an in-house training facilitator providing on-site training to operators.
This service can also made available free of charge to Hard Hat clients.

Just some of the equipment available from Hard Hat:
Compaction equipment: rammers petrol and diesel; plate compactors; pedestrian rollers 390 – 900 ; 2,7 ton ride on rollers;
Generators: petrol and diesel 5,7 KVA – 10KVA;
Tower lights;
Water Pumps: petrol and diesel 2– 4inch;
Floor grinders;
Concrete floor saws; and much more.

Some of the machines available, decked out in Hard Hat’s distinctive colour

Hard Hat Equipment Hire operates its own self-sufficient workshop maintains all its own equipment to the highest standard and strives to keep all equipment as good as new – fully serviced, clean and painted. This facility, in which many of the staff have over15 years’ experience in the field, is second to none in the industry and services equipment for all four Hard Hat branches. A full range of spare parts is stocked and a full history of repairs is kept for each individual machine.

The workshop team have a combined knowledge and experience of over 100 years. Their dedication, extensive knowledge and passion ensures that the necessary back up and support is available around the clock.

“We pride ourselves in the calibre and capabilities of our staff,” says Noble. “Their knowledge, expertise and loyalty is what makes this company the success it is today. Everything we do is geared toward making our clients’ experience unparalleled in every way – from service through to on-site systems management.”

A comprehensive management pack, including all financials, balance sheets, projections for each industry category, sales and purchase of machines is produced monthly for analysis by the Hard Hat management team.

The detail built into the real-time equipment management system not only simplifies the client’s visibility of all equipment it has on-site, but makes it extremely easy and cost-effective to manage, eliminating most, if not all, hidden costs, delays and inaccuracies. A report called “what’s out where” is sent weekly to clients per site in order to assist them in managing hired from Hard Hat Equipment Hire. This can also be sent out daily if clients so wish.

Since its establishment in 2008 Hard hat Equipment Hire has consistently been delivering its services par excellence to its growing client base in the South African building and construction industry. With its head office and dedicated separate workshop in Edenvale, Gauteng, Hard Hat has progressively been opening new branches in important centres in Gauteng and North West Province – with further expansion plans currently in place for the immediate future.
Hard Hat branches and contact numbers:

Edenvale: Head office and Workshop: 011 609 6443.
Honeydew: 011 795 8240
Silvertondale, Pretoria: 012 844 6140

Klerksdorp: 018 462 1166

Hard hat supplies equipment to a range of companies from listed companies through to emerging building contractors – for application on all types of projects, including roads, low cost housing, high rise buildings, warehousing, sewer and reticulation and DIY projects.

Sumitomo excavators ready to boost economy

Sumitomo excavators ready to boost economy

ELB Equipment is aggressively gearing up its excavator offering to meet anticipated demand as the South African economy is poised for growth.

Rhett O’Neill of ELB Equipment

Excavators are at the heart of any construction or mining operation and their availability is pivotal to getting projects off the ground,” says local distributor ELB Equipment’s Rhett O’Neill. “For this reason, we have brought in extra units, especially 21-tonners, as they are the most commonly used excavators in South Africa. We have also tagged them at competitive prices along with extras and extended-hour warranties to help ensure the success of these new projects.

Made in Japan, Sumitomo excavators are known to be among the fastest-working and economical excavators that are purpose-built for 24-hour production type operations. Tougher and more durable than the average excavator they are able to boost new contracts and help kick-start the economy.”

Top performers

Sumitomo is a specialist excavator manufacturer with more than 100 years of experience in mining and earthmoving. The company produces premium-brand excavators that excel in tough conditions and often match bigger and heavier machines outputs on site.

These qualities have led to Sumitomo excavators winning Japan’s prestigious “Good Design Award” and “Grand Award for Energy Conservation” in the same category as the country’s legendary automotive counterparts. Not only are they fast, powerful and durable, but they are easier to maintain and operate for extended periods of time on site with less maintenance required.

Another characteristic that endears Sumitomo excavator to the local market is its low diesel consumption that ranks among the lowest in its class. It also has three modes of operation namely: Speed Priority, Heavy, and an Auto option, which gives operators the ability to choose the mode best suited to the kind of operation encountered. Either to speed up work, reduce diesel consumption by as much as 20% or a mixture of both when working in mixed terrain.

Local team

ELB Equipment has represented the Sumitomo brand of excavators in South Africa for almost 30 years during which time the brand has earned an enviable reputation for productivity and reliability. Simultaneously, the distributor has proven to have the best interests of its customers at heart with extensive support offered through its far-ranging branch and support network throughout the country and entire southern African region.

In tough economic times ELB Equipment has also sourced more cost effective but equally good quality Service Genuine undercarriage and service parts through Sumitomo which makes owning and servicing a Sumitomo more affordable than ever before.

Meet the team of the renowned Hard Hat Equipment Hire

Meet the team of the renowned Hard Hat Equipment Hire

Roger Pike,Brenda Rowe, Frank Noble and Andrew Myburgh

Since its establishment in 2008, Hard Hat Equipment Hire has grown from strength to strength and is now recognised as a respected leader in the provision of plant and equipment to the construction and related industries.

SA Builder introduces you to this company’s dynamic and hands-on management team:

Frank Noble, CEO

I have an innate curiosity as to how things work and should work and have applied this to every area of professional endeavour. I aim to employ and improve the right people, systems and procedures to create business enhancing results. Although I am a lawyer by profession, I have used my time at Teljoy to branch out into many areas of business and am now specialising in general management.”

In 1991 Frank has an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and has spent many years with Teljoy fulfilling a succession of key roles, from IT Manager, to Group Legal advisor, General Manager and Director.

Andrew Myburgh, Sales Manager

Andrew matriculated at Klerksdorp Technical High School in 1997 and has since gained significant experience and expertise in the construction industry: as Sales Executive of Timjol Boards; sub-contractor for Concor Technicrete; Manager of WXM Mouldings; Manager of LMA Project Solutions; and Manager of Performance Plant Hire.

Andrew’s drive and commitment as Sales Manager for Hard Hat is key to the company’s progresses and expansion programme.

Brenda Rowe, Operations Executive

My involvement in the building and construction industry has spanned 45 years, including 25 years with Turner Morris where I peaked as MD of the company.”

Prior to that Brenda gained experience with Bruinette Kruger and Stoffberg consulting engineers; Anglo American – doing reinforced concrete drawings for the mines; and Bennet and Maharaj – assisting with the drawings and quantities, materials purchasing and managing of the site where the company built 55 houses in eight months.

Brenda has a Civil Engineering Diploma from Wits Technikon.

Roger Pike, Financial Manager

In the early ’90s Roger studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and UNISA and obtained his Bachelor of Accounting Science (Bcompt) majoring in Accounting and Auditing. He also studied Business Economics III for non-degree purposes. ladyx

He is an accomplished financial manager having worked with companies such as Incledon (Financial Manager), Clover/Danone and Spanjaard he stands Hard Hat in good stead with his considerable experience.

Lovol construction equipment: the evolution of a brand

Lovol excavator

Lovol construction equipment: the evolution of a brand

One of the country’s best-selling value wheel loader brands, Foton Lovol is undergoing a complete name change and re-branding to reflect the expansion of its construction equipment offering in the market.

Ernest Human, Dura Equipment Sales marketing manager

Since entering the South African market in 2011, local distributor, Dura Equipment Sales, has invested heavily in the development of the brand and secured it a spot among the most popular wheel loader names in the country. The addition of excavators to the offering, however, necessitates the brand to be aligned with the OEM’s international brand name rather than the previous name which was reflective of the wheel loader division in China.

Going forward the name for all models from the OEM will be Lovol and all branding and communications will be made under the Lovol brand name. Having earned an enviable reputation for robust, reliable wheel loaders supplied during the past six years, Dura Equipment is ready to extend the range to include the OEMs ultra-reliable excavator range,” says Ernest Human, Dura Equipment’s marketing manager.

Growing together

He explains that the Lovol brand includes all the types and models of equipment produced by Lovol Heavy Industries and leaves the door open for the local operation to expand the range under a single and unified banner. The decision to introduce excavators is in line with Dura Equipment’s measured strategy to first set up a suitable sales and product support network with adequate resources to supply the necessary back up and support.

Now, having established the OEMs ethics and the reliability of its machines, Dura Equipment will use its already extensive dealer network to introduce Lovol excavators and provide local operations with quality earthmoving solutions at an affordable price. The excavators will also be localized in line with local requirements for performance, safety and efficiency.

In keeping with our brand promise- robust, reliable, supported – we have taken a measured approach to ensure we can uphold our promise. In this way, we can transform and grow with our customers. As their needs change we want to be there for them with the kind of equipment they need.

Reliability first

In many ways, this is represented by our already famous 5m high steel transformer that stands sentinel over our head office in Boksburg whenever he is not touring the country with our sales staff. He represents the strength of the brand and equipment with a loyalty to our customers that is undying. No matter what the challenges, our machines will overcome whatever is in their path.

The iconic Lovol Transformer epitomises the Dura Equipment ethos: Robust, Reliable, Supported

The first consignment of excavators and re-branded wheel loaders are expected to arrive in September this year with regular consignments to follow shortly afterwards,” concludes Ernest.

Kemach launches new JCB tracked excavator

The JS305 comes equipped with the formidable 7,2 ℓ Dieselmax engine

Kemach launches new JCB tracked excavator

JCB Construction Equipment, solely represented in South Africa by Kemach Equipment (Pty) Ltd (Kemach JCB) launched the JS305 LC tracked excavator in the beginning of the year.

Meeting unique needs

Established in 2003, Kemach JCB is a joint venture between the shareholders of Botswana and Oman’s sole JCB dealers, Hollyvale Investment and Muscat Overseas Equipment Trading Company respectively.

As a leading earthmoving solutions dealer, Kemach JCB supplies high-calibre equipment to the building and construction, mining, quarrying and plant hire industries, as well as to the central government. A focused dealer of distinguished equipment and support, Kemach JCB continuously strives to put the customer at the heart of its business, fixated on meeting each client’s unique needs.

Mark Senyard the National Support and Marketing Manager, says that the JS305 is manufactured at JCB’s state-of-the-art facility in India and is designed to be easy to operate, easy to maintain and to move more material at less cost.

Orders have been placed for additional machines to ensure our order pipeline is in place so as to fulfil what we believe will be an increased demand for this machine,” says Senyard. “The JS305 has been on test in India and in South Africa, as well as with one of our customers locally.”

The feedback we’ve had from India and here in South Africa has been excellent particularly in terms of fuel consumption. The unit slots in with the JS205 which JCB launched many years ago.”

The JS305’s Dieselmax engine is built for the African and Middle East market as well as for lesser-regulated countries. “It’s not a Tier 4 engine and is ideal especially in terms of fuel consumption. “The JS305 has a simple mechanical fuel injection system that tolerates lower fuel quality and an engine and hydraulics designed with productivity in mind,” continued Senyard.

At the heart of the JS305 is a formidable 7,2 ℓ Dieselmax engine that produces huge amounts of power and torque. Key features include:

  • The six-cylinder engine produces its peak power (165 kW) and torque (960 Nm) at a low 1 300 rpm. This allows fuel-efficient matching of the engine and hydraulics.

  • With a massive 222,6 Nm of bucket tearout, fast cycle times are assured in all applications. The intuitive multifunction operation makes simultaneous tracking and excavating smooth and fast.

  • The JCB JS305 provides a solid, stable work platform for fast cycle times.

Senyard says the control valve optimises hydraulic oil supply to different functions during combined operation. This multifunction prowess guarantees fast cycle times.

When you’re tackling tough applications and difficult working conditions, one needs a durable and reliable machine. The JS305 offers exactly that with high-quality components along with simple and robust mechanical fuel injection.

The Dieselmax engine has a mechanical in-line Bosch fuel injection system which allows work in areas where fuel quality is poor. The machine benefits from a multi-stage fuel filtration system which protects against a wide range of contaminants as small as two microns.

High tensile strength steel is used to construct the reinforced boom and dipper

High tensile strength steel is used to construct the reinforced boom and dipper, and internal baffle plates help to ensure long-life durability, as do the heavy-duty wear strips at the dipper end,” he tells MQ adding that the advanced manufacturing and assembly processes help to guarantee an extremely high level of precision and quality in the components.

The JS305 is built to last. With a heavy-duty lower frame and upper structure, as well as a high-strength boom and arm, this excavator is designed to excel in tough quarry applications. We use finite element analysis with extensive rig and endurance testing to make key components last longer.”

All round-visibility is superb, with a large glass area on the right hand side and top corner of the cab. An innovative low-level bonnet allows clear rearward views. Operators are kept abreast of key information via the 3,5″ display, which can be accessed via a new rotary controller. A spacious stowage area behind the seat provides plenty of room for an operator’s personal items.

JCB’s optional rear view camera displays an uninterrupted rearward view for improved operator confidence while slewing.

The bonnet opens front-to-rear for easy and safe engine service access. JCB’s Safety Level Lock fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended movements. The 2GO systems means a new JCB JS305 can only be started in a safe locked position via two separate inputs.

LiveLink telematics are fitted as standard. This is an innovative JCB feature designed to maximise security and fleet utilisation, allowing the monitoring of information such as fuel usage on different shifts.

The 30 ton market is one that we haven’t really participated in South Africa, however, we believe that with the JS305, we are ready to tackle that now,” he says. “The machine is very competitively priced and the enquiries and leads are coming in steadily.”

With the JS305 excavator, the innovative LiveLink software permits remote management of the machine either online, by email or by mobile phone. Access from everything from machine alerts to fuel reports and history information, is stored at a secure centre.

Discussing service, Senyard says this is ensured through the company’s extensive South African footprint, including its national office based in Gauteng, and regional offices situated in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Middelburg, Durban, Richards Bay, Bloemfontein, Mthatha, Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth and George.

To guarantee seamless operations throughout Southern Africa, Kemach JCB’s network of distributors and service dealers are also strategically positioned in Windhoek, Nelspruit, Swaziland, Polokwane, Upington, Schweizer Reneke, and Vryheid.

We get good support from JCB itself with a local team based here to support us. We have direct contract with our factories so there is support from the OEM itself,” Senyard confirms.

I must say that I have visited the factories in the UK and in India, and have been most impressed by the high-tech facilities. Whether in India or anywhere in the world for that matter, it is the same level of professionalism throughout.

Our customers are seeing the value in the product, they are seeing the value in resale and it is our customers who are putting us ahead of everybody else,” Senyard says, adding that the involvement of senior management is tremendous. “Our CEO Les Lothian is often at events and product launches, locally and internationally, and is very involved in meetings and discussions with our customers. From a customer point of view this is invaluable.”

In conclusion, Senyard says that although the company doesn’t have mining equipment as such, there is a lot of support equipment that goes into the mines. “The JS305 machines are ideal for the quarrying environment. Typically for loading of aggregates, stockpiling and feeding of crushers and screens. I see a great opportunity in construction and quarrying with these products.”

JCB’s optional rear view camera displays an uninterrupted rearward view for improved operator confidence while slewing

Kemach offers the best in earthmoving equipment, ranging from the backhoe loaders to skid steers, wheel loaders, excavators, telescopic handlers, rough terrain forklifts, and compaction equipment. In addition to the equipment itself, Kemach JCB distributes the full range of JCB parts, while skilled field service technicians and expert product support engineers ensure that assistance is available at all times on a 24/7 basis.