Product review: Hidromek HMK640WL

September 24, 2019
Situated just outside of Redesdale in Central Victoria, Barfold Quarry supplies a number of contractors, local councils and concrete plants with aggregate. We chatted to Sam Trovatello, Managing Diector of Barfold Quarry, about the recent purchase of a Hidromek HMK640WL wheel loader.

Barfold Quarry recently became the owner of a Hidromek HMK640WL wheel loader.

We chatted to Sam Trovatello, Managing Director of Barfold Quarry.

“I was formerly involved in a family business including Central PreMix & Central Quarries. In recent times we sold to Adelaide Brighton Ltd. The business comprised of 5 concrete plants located in Melbourne, Basalt quarry in Rockbank and Sand & Gravel operation in Seymour. We ran a total of 100+ vehicles at the time”.

“Barfold Quarry is part of a group of companies. The quarry runs a fleet of 10 trucks and trailers that service construction sites, local councils and concrete plants with aggregates. As the demand for quarry products has increased, it has given us an opportunity to expand our fleet and quarry operations”.

“The quarry employs approximately 20 staff and we run a total of 25 bits of gear including hire gear, mobile crushers and screens, dump trucks excavators, loaders and trucks & trailers”.

When asked why Barfold Quarry recently purchased the Hidromek HMK640WL Sam replied “We’re seeing a strong demand for raw materials and our previous loaders were becoming old and tired, so we needed another loader in the fleet”

“The value for money in the Hidromek was too good to pass up. The warranty and back-up service from Onetrak were other reasons I chose the Hidromek loader. I have dealt with Onetrak for years and they have always been a pleasure to deal with. The pre-delivery by the dealer was very good as well and really left us with all the info and knowledge we need when buying a new machine and a new brand”.

“We had the wheel loader on a demo for a few days so I had the opportunity to spend some time in it and get a feel for it before making a decision. I believe the machine is equal or better than some of the major brands. We were very satisfied with the performance and the machine ticked all the boxes for us”.

“The HMK640WL has plenty of power and it’s comfortable and easy to operate. Having had experience with other brands and jumping into a Hidromek it’s very user friendly and easy to learn how to operate. In terms of the design the visibility is fantastic from the cab. All components within the machine are also easily accessible which is a huge plus”.

“I’m also interested in the 40-50ton Hidromek excavators. They’re very solid and a good fit for quarry application”.

“Hidromek is a new brand but if you don’t try – you never know. We are getting a lot of questions from other contractors about the machine and it definitely generates a lot of interest”.

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