In the small city of Valdez, Alaska, terminus port of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, a ZX870LC-5 is working on a big project: The City of Valdez New Harbor Development Project, a multi-year, multi-phase project to build a new harbor basin and upland facilities.
Harris Sand & Gravel purchased the ZX870LC-5 in October 2015, and it’s doing its part to move about half a million cubic yards of rock and dirt for the project, estimated to be completed in the fall of 2016. The company purchased the ZX870LC-5 at the end of a six-month rental after realizing it was critical to successfully completing the project.
“The 870 is a beast,” said Bill Harris, owner of Harris Sand & Gravel. “It can dig out shot rock and load. I was hesitant at first because I wasn't sure if we needed that big of a machine. I'm glad we got it.”
The ZX870LC-5 joins a ZX135US-5, purchased in June 2015 as well as several other Hitachi machines in Harris’ fleet. A longtime Hitachi fan, Harris still owns an EX400 and runs a ZX470 and two ZX450 excavators, one with 10,000 hours on it.
“In my opinion, Hitachi pioneered the modern excavator controls,” Harris said. “They're precise, smooth and you can do multiple functions at once. They're great machines!”
Harris Sand & Gravel is serviced by Construction Machinery Industrial LLC, Anchorage, Alaska.