Demolition specialist expands Hitachi fleet
By Leila Steed30 September 2021
Belgium-based Grobelco has expanded its construction equipment fleet with the addition of a new Hitachi ZX300-7 excavator.
The company, which is based east of Brussels near the Netherlands border, provides demolition, recycling, earthworks and roadbuilding services to customers across the region.
Its new ZX300-7 is part of Hitachi’s Zaxis-7 range and was provided by the manufacturer’s local dealer, Luyckx.
The ZX300-7 has an operating weight of 32.2 t and is fitted with a Isuzu 6HK1X engine.
Grobelco added the new machine in response to a growing demand for its services.
Patrick Baeten, Grobelco’s project manager, said: “Selecting the Hitachi ZX300-7 was a logical choice for us, and another contributing factor was the relationship we enjoy with Luyckx.”
“The new machine has already worked 1,000 hours and our operators are highly satisfied with it, including aspects such as the precise hydraulics.
“Compared to previous Hitachi models, the ZX300-7 has a smoother operation and is more comfortable, and in terms of the business benefit, it has certainly helped us to increase our overall productivity.”
A longstanding Hitachi customer, Grobelco’s new Zaxis-7 excavator is just one of several Hitachi machines purchased by the company over the past five years.
While these other models include a Hitachi ZX250-5 excavator and a ZX170W-5 wheeled excavator, Grobelco still has the first machine it ever purchased from Hitachi.
Patrick said: “I’ve been working with Hitachi from the age of 12, and I still remember working with the UH09 model. So, you could say that I’ve been satisfied with Hitachi for 46 years!
“Even today, we still own the first UH09 that was delivered to Belgium in 1977.”