Tommy Chappell recently bought his first Hitachi excavator, and he is already a massive fan. Together with his brother Lee Chappell, he owns Chappell & Associates Construction LLC. We recently caught up with Tommy to hear more about why he chose Hitachi.
Tell us about your company.
“We handle site development for hospitals, schools and churches. That work includes grading and excavation, stone-based work and land clearing.”
What Hitachi machines do you run?
“In May 2019, we bought our first Hitachi excavator. It’s a ZX160LC-6. While we’ve owned other brands of excavators, we were excited to get our first Hitachi. We’re loving it. It’s a great machine. I wanted an orange machine.”
What made you excited about buying your first Hitachi?
“Growing up, I was always impressed. I saw a Hitachi run before I was even in the grading and excavation business. Hitachi was the first excavator I ever saw running, and I was amazed at the machine's force and agility. It was pure magic watching the EX400 get put through its paces. The ZX160 is what I have, and I love it.”
What do you love about your Hitachi ZX160LC-6?
“The fuel efficiency is really good, and it’s easy to transport. It’s a good price – a very economical purchase compared to other machines. We also get wonderful support from our dealer, Flint Equipment. The machine is very strong. We use it for a bit of everything, from loading trucks to clearing; it’s just a very versatile machine.”
Now that you have a Hitachi machine, will you purchase another Hitachi in the future?
“Absolutely! You go with what’s working, and it certainly works. We get great serviceability from the dealer, and it’s just a really nice, comfortable machine to run.”