Waste-handling success in Norway for Hitachi
New fleet of Hitachi machines ensures reliability and durability for Lindum
A NORWEGIAN waste-management company has invested in a new fleet of 10 Hitachi wheel loaders and excavators. Lindum AS made the significant purchase following a successful machinery demonstration from Nasta, the country’s authorized Hitachi dealer.
The waste operator – currently overseeing a period of steady growth – needed to identify a fleet of reliable construction equipment to support its expansion plans. Purchased Hitachi models included: six ZW180-5 wheel loaders; ZX300LC-6 and ZX225USLC-5 medium excavators; a ZX170W-5 wheeled excavator and an additional ZW310-5 wheel loader.
The seven wheel loaders were delivered in April 2016, with the remaining machines staggered over subsequent months. While a ZW180-5 wheel loader and the ZW310-5 unit were kept back at the main recycling centre, the other five ZW180-5s were distributed to Lindum’s smaller satellite sites which serve nearby communities, such as Sande and Mjøndalen.
At the recycling site, the ZW180-5 is being utilized for a variety of tasks, while the ZW310-5 has been tasked with handling topsoil, compost and other specialist fertilizers.
According to Pål Smits, managing director of Lindum, before investing in the Hitachi equipment, operator feedback was a key contributing factor. ‘It was important for us to hear what the drivers thought about the Hitachi machines,’ he said.
‘We actively sought their opinions and they were more than happy with our final decision. I am confident that over the next five years, we will be able to keep the total cost of ownership to a minimum.
‘The service from Nasta has been first-class; every machine was delivered on time and to specification. Their expertise and technical knowledge have been invaluable and we will consider renewing our fleet with them again.’