VDM Plant Hire, which celebrates 20 years in plant hire for the civil engineering and construction sectors in the Rustenburg region, plans to expand its business by hiring its equipment to the mining sector.
“We are currently extending our wide fleet of excavators, road rollers, wheel loaders and TLBs, to include machines that comply with mining specifications and standards,” explains Lindo van der Merwe, owner of VDM Plant Hire. “This expansion programme encompasses the upgrading of existing machines and the investment in new equipment which conforms with specific mine regulations.”
“The company will also be partnering with small medium enterprises (SMEs), which have contracts with mines for equipment supply. This is in line with the current trend, where mine authorities extend contracts for plant hire to SMEs, rather than purchasing or renting equipment directly from suppliers or manufacturers,” adds Van der Merwe.
“The VDM team will continue to focus on providing quality-branded machines that are regularly serviced and immaculately maintained. An important part of our service to our broad customer-base, are dependable technical services, to ensure suitable machines are supplied and correctly operated, for optimum productivity in specific tasks,” he says.
“What’s important to us in our selection of capital equipment, is a high-level of support from the supplier, as well as low maintenance costs and a good re-sale value of the equipment – hence our decision to purchase the R210W-9S excavator from HPE Africa.”
Key machines in the VDM Plant Hire fleet are Hyundai excavators, which deliver on high performance, reliable operation, fuel efficiency and safe operation. According to VDM Plant Hire customers, Hyundai wheeled excavators, which are easily manoeuvrable in all site conditions, are the popular choice, especially in wet and muddy conditions. Customers note that these machines offer cost-efficient operation – they boast low maintenance requirements, are easy to move from site to site and are fitted with long-life components.
VDM Plant Hire’s newest Hyundai machine is the R210W-9S excavator, designed for maximum performance, high precision, versatile machine preferences and greater safety on site. Important features include fuel economy and a new hydraulic control system for improved controllability, enhanced efficiency and smoother operation. A slim-profile steering column is capable of telescoping 60 mm and tilting 30 degrees.
Safety features comprise a re-designed operator cab for greater protection and improved visibility, an anti-restart system and a new auto ram lock system.
The user-friendly operator cluster, with a 7” wide colour LCD screen and toggle switch, allows the operator to select personal machine preferences. There are digital gauges for hydraulic oil and water temperature, fuel, power and work mode selection, self-diagnostics, maintenance check lists and start-up machine security. An auto power boost feature, which provides additional power when needed, is also selectable through the monitor.