Excavator plant hire specialist in the Rustenburg area, BST Plant Hire (Blue Sands Trading) – has expanded its fleet with a 38-t Hyundai tracked excavator, which is designed to cope efficiently in arduous conditions in the chrome sector.

BST Plant Hire invests in a new 38 t Hyundai tracked excavator

“A priority for us at BST is a firm commitment to our customers to provide dependable machines that are able to deliver high performance, with minimal downtime, in difficult environments,” explains JP Lourens, owner of BST Plant Hire. “Part of our success in a very competitive industry, is to ensure every machine is well-maintained and that professional operator training is provided to ensure optimum productivity and safety on site.

“The investment in quality used equipment is critical to ensure high productivity, fuel efficiency and low maintenance requirements.

“We also understand the value of working closely with equipment suppliers and our sound association with the HPE Africa team is testament to how important reliable support from the maintenance team is.

“In our plant selection process, we focus on matching the correct size machine to exact project requirements. We also consider budget restraints and make sure we find a reputable supplier with a proven track record that provides dependable back-up support and an efficient spare parts service.

“In addition to the reliable service and support we receive from HPE Africa, I personally inspect our fleet two or three times a week, to ensure every machine is in pristine condition, to deliver the highest standards of delivery excellence and safety on site.”

Hyundai R380LC-9SH excavators have environmentally-friendly water-cooled, 4 cycle diesel, direct injection turbocharged Tier 2 engines, with reduced emissions. These machines offer net power ratings of 195 kW @ 1 900 rpm, with an operating weight 38 450 kg and a maximum travel speed of 5 km/hr. The maximum digging depth is 6 820 mm, the maximum dumping height is 7 370 mm and the bucket capacity is 1,62 m³.

According to HPE Africa’s specialists, new design features of this series include the two-stage auto deceleration system and a highly-efficient economy mode that reduce fuel consumption and minimise the negative impact on the environment.

Safety on site and improved operator comfort were other important factors in the design of these machines. For improved visibility, the spacious cab is fitted with a larger right-side one-piece glass and a reduced front window seam.

Features for precision control include a smart auto boom-swing priority, computer-aided power (CAPO) and an improved hydraulic system. Hyundai’s advanced CAPO system interfaces with multiple sensors throughout the hydraulic system, as well as the electronically controlled engine, to provide the optimum level of engine power and hydraulic flow for maximum performance and productivity. This system also provides complete self-diagnostic features and digital gauges for critical information, including hydraulic oil and water temperatures and fuel levels.

Ground-line access to filters, lube-fittings, machine computer component and wide-open compartment ensure maintenance is quick and convenient.

The HPE Africa team works closely with BST Plant Hire, through the supply of equipment and parts, also providing a maintenance and repair service, to ensure high efficiency of every machine.

HPE Africa’s national workshop facilities are geared to assist customers with modifications of machines where necessary, enabling adaptability for specific tasks. All modifications are customised through close consultation between HPE Africa experts and end-users.

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