First ZX345USLC-6 Arrives on Vancouver Island
When the first ZX345USLC-6 arrived on Vancouver Island in August 2019, David Stalker, owner of David Stalker Excavating Ltd., was ready to put it to work. The excavator is the newest addition to Stalker’s fleet and is currently working on a road construction project to provide public access to a marina in Ladysmith, British Columbia.
“Ever since I knew the 345 was coming out, I wanted one,” Stalker said. “I realized that the 345 would actually work in the same place that a conventional 250-size machine would work. After discussing it with our local dealer, Wajax, we decided to take the plunge.”
Stalker started his company in 1993 after immigrating from Scotland to Canada in 1988. His company specializes in residential and municipal excavation work on Vancouver Island.
He bought his first Hitachi, a ZX200LC-3, in 2009 and now owns seven Hitachi excavators – six of which are reduced-tail-swing models. He’s been very pleased with the performance.
“Hitachi is a great machine. The operators love the three-pump system – they’re very smooth to operate,” he said. “The Isuzu engine provides good fuel economy. And the Hitachi name means you get proven quality.”