The reduced-tail-swing excavator is helping the civil contractor remove roughly 22,000 cubic meters (28,775 cu. yds.) of overburden from a job site in the Maple Ridge neighborhood of Vancouver that is the future home of an elementary school.
“We’re kind of putting the machine through its paces to see its capabilities and how it measures up to the other equipment, being the first one,” said Marlon Hall, co-owner of Metric Civil Contractors. “So far the operators love it. One of my guys who’s been operating machines for 17 years just sent me a message that said the machine was the nicest machine he’s ever run.”
For Metric, one of the big draws of the new ZX345USLC-6 was its ultrashort counterweight and power.
“I keep referring to it as the big brother of the ZX245USLC-5. It’s got the undercarriage of the ZX350, so it’s very stable, and has power that’s similar to a ZX300-sized machine,” Hall said. “Having the new ZX345 in our fleet will enable us to be much more efficient in one-lane roadway jobs when we really need that extra power.”
Metric Civil Contractors Ltd. is serviced by Wajax Equipment, Vancouver, British Columbia.