Three new ZX350LC-6 excavators are digging the way for multi-million dollar views on the Big Island of Hawaii. These excavators joined the fleet of Goodfellow Bros., Inc., (GBI) a family-owned general contracting business with more than 95 years of experience in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and California.
The ZX350LC-6 excavators, along with other Hitachi machines, are working on a new subdivision in the Manini’owali section of the exclusive Kuki’o Golf & Beach Club in Kona.
For the subdivision, GBI is building 20 housing pads ranging in size from 0.6 to 1.2 acres on 4- to 5-acre lots that will be worth approximately $2 million each. The lots will eventually hold homes estimated around $15 million with unbelievable ocean views.
Before those views can be enjoyed, the Hitachi excavators are tackling approximately 100,000 cubic yards of rock excavation along with 3,500 linear feet of roadway, potable water, irrigation, gravity sewer and underground electrical.
Because of the lava rock terrain and a no-blasting restriction, the machines must rip and hammer before digging. Sean Landers, GBI project manager, said the Hitachi excavators are a good match for the demanding work.
“The beauty about the Hitachi excavators is they’re super versatile,” Landers said. “We’ve got them hoe-ramming, ripping rock out of the ground, digging trenches, loading trucks and backfilling trenches.”
Greg Bennett, a GBI operator with 10 years of experience, enjoys running the ZX350LC-6 and other Hitachi equipment.
“Hitachis are the quickest and have the best power-to-speed ratio,” Bennett said. “The controls are sharper and more accurate than other kinds of machines. Overall, Hitachi always gets the job done.”
Along with relying on its Hitachi fleet, GBI also depends on its local dealer to help keep jobs moving forward.
“Out here we’re in rock on a Pacific Island, and we’re dealing with some pretty harsh conditions,” Landers said. “And the one thing we can always count on is for American Machinery to be there for us. They’re always there to help us keep moving.”
Goodfellow Bros. Inc. is serviced by American Machinery, Kona, Hawaii.