Elbourne Plant Hire welcome Hitachi to the family

The Hunter Valley’s family owned contracting and plant hire business add Hitachi excavators to their existing fleet.

New technologies continue to drive the success of companies in the construction industry. One company that has embraced emerging trends and product innovation is family-owned Elbourne Plant Hire, who specialise in providing contracting and plant hire services to the private and commercial sectors including government agencies. 

Elbourne Owners
Phillip and Adam Elbourne with Adam's sons and their family dog

Phillip Elbourne started the company in the early 1980’s as a sole trader only carrying out rural maintenance and earthmoving, until his son Adam joined in 2000 and it grew into what it stands today. The father and son duo now work idle together to focus on providing their customers with solutions to complicated elements within each project. Since the addition of two new Hitachi excavators, the ZX135 and ZX290 Adam says ‘we’ve been able to take on road and access construction projects, bulk earthmoving and final trim excavations, pulverising and crushing a wide range of materials to vegetation clearing and management, rural land improvement and maintenance.’

Elbourne excavator
Elbourne grader

Elbourne have been a long-standing customer of Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia Pty Ltd (HCA) for not only the extensive range of excavators but as a supplier of John Deere to the Australian market. 

“We have always had nothing but John Deere graders which have given us long lasting endurance & reliability. Hitachi being the John Deere dealer has always serviced our needs well so it made sense to purchase Hitachi excavators and have not looked back since our first machine was delivered,” said Adam. 

Now with two John Deere graders and a track loader on their fleet, Elbourne have advanced their capabilities to the Hunter region. “Our unique range of attachments and experienced operators specialising in their fields has created opportunities to branch into a number of niche markets including powerline infrastructure projects, recycled material processing & handling whilst maintaining our core business services in the earthmoving and construction industry,” said Adam. 

Growing up with a father in construction, Adam is no amateur when it comes to appreciating quality machinery. With the John Deere name a regular brand within their household, it’s fair to say his admiration for them is very green. “Our John Deere grader 772GP model cab controls make it very easy for an operator that has always used conventional cab controls to adapt very quickly due a very similar control pattern at your fingertips. The pushing power of John Deere graders is unmatched in the market having seen and experienced them all. Fuel economy is great, performance is outstanding along with their strength and reliability John Deere in my opinion is the only way to go.”

However with market demand and impending opportunities, Phillip and Adam have become susceptible to the Hitachi excavator range to help drive their business forward. Elbourne now own two Hitachi ZX17U-5, another two ZX65USB, ZX135US-5, ZX200LC-3, ZX240LC-3, ZX250H-3 and a ZX290LC-5.

Commenting that the ‘operators often remark on the smoothness and power the Hitachi hydraulics produce when using all functions to carry out a task.’ 

“The dash 3 machines have a lot to offer with operator comfort which was hard to match but the comfort, design and useability of the improved cab design in the dash 5 excavator is a credit to Hitachi,” said Adam. 

“Overall we are impressed with the reliability and performance of our whole Hitachi and John Deere fleet. Even the machines that are getting up in work hours don’t show the signs of wear and tear like you’d expect with one of them running around the clock 5 days a week for months without a worry.”

“Our relationship with Hitachi and Grant Dear in Newcastle is very strong, our decision making process is easy when you know you have the support of someone who has plenty of experience in the industry. Grant really listens to our requirements and offers the best solution every time. Hitachi have proved their support to us with after sales, spares and service and are always very helpful which makes it easy to keep coming back.”

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