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.

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.