One of Hanson's newly acquired Hitachi ZX890LCR-6 excavators in operation.
Hanson UK has bought two new Hitachi ZX890LCR-6’s for its fleet operating at Shap Beck Quarry in Cumbria and Chipping Sodbury Quarry in South Gloucestershire.
The two machines were part of a package of 16 awarded to Hanson Construction Machinery UK (HCMUK) following a tender process in 2018, which also includes four ZX690LCR-6s and several wheeled loaders.
After a 90-tonne Hitachi machine was moved from one Hanson quarry over to Chipping Sodbury for a trial, HCMUK says that Hanson chose to invest in a new one for the operations at the Chipping Sodbury site. At Shap, the existing 2007 Hitachi ZX870LCR-5 had clocked up 23,000 hours of operations, so the Hanson team decided it was time to replace it with the latest model from this weight class – the ZX890LCR-6.
Hanson UK is a supplier of heavy building materials/aggregates to the construction industry. Shap Beck quarry and Chipping Sodbury quarry produce limestone aggregate, some of which is used in the large scale production of lime for steelmaking.
Gary Morgan, area operations manager at Hanson UK, commented: “These excavators will provide improvements in reliability and their procurement reflects our on-going investment in plant and machinery to enhance efficiency."
Mark Turnham, director of mines & quarries at HCMUK, said that since the first machines where delivered back in 2007 Hitachi has forged a close relationship with Hanson built upon the productivity and reliability of HCMUK's product.