Hitachi Construction Machinery - North America
Plattin Creek Excavating uses ZX135US-5 for commercial site development
October 1, 2014


Plattin Creek Excavating, a site development, excavation and grading contractor located in the Saint Louis area, recently took delivery of a brand new ZX135US-5 ultrashort Hitachi excavator.

The new machine was commissioned in July 2014 and has played a pivotal role in the contractor’s site utility, storm and sanitary water projects. The ZX135US-5 is Plattin Creek’s first Hitachi excavator.

“Most of the machines we own were larger, so we were in the market for a smaller machine that can work in smaller areas,” said Mike Harman, president of Plattin Creek Excavating. “We had rented a Caterpillar machine for a few months with the intent of buying it, but then our Hitachi sales rep brought a similar-sized Hitachi machine for us to try. The performance of the Hitachi machine was way above the Caterpillar machine, which actually kind of surprised us since we had never run a Hitachi machine before. The performance sold the machine.”

The ZX135US-5 delivers all the power, smoothness, precision and ease of operation you’ve come to expect from our larger Hitachi excavators – in an easy-to-maneuver package. With a tight tail-swing radius, this excavator is perfect for working very close to obstacles.

The 13-year-old Plattin Creek is based in Arnold, Missouri and operates primarily in public, commercial, heavy highway, residential and industrial venues.

Plattin Creek is serviced by Rudd Equipment Company in St. Louis, Missouri.