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HERD Member Spotlight: Riley Hastings

February 8, 2021
HERD member Riley Hastings with his dog, standing by his Hitachi excavator

Riley Hastings
PRO EX Services LTD.
Established in 2010
Headquartered in Kelowna, BC, Canada

Born and raised in the construction industry, Riley Hastings of Kelowna, BC, has fond memories of growing up around his father’s heavy equipment. After spending summers as a teenager working for local contractors and, later on, many years working with large-scale international corporations, Riley decided to start his own family business and now serves as owner and operator of PRO EX Services LTD. We recently caught up with Riley to learn more about PRO EX Services and why he chooses Hitachi.

Tell us about your company.

“We do residential and small commercial excavating, trucking and demolition. PRO EX Services has been in business for about 10 years now.”

What Hitachi machines do you currently run?

“I run a ZX245USLC-5.”

Why did you choose that size machine and what types of jobs does the ZX245USLC-5 tackle?

“I picked the ZX245LC for the triple hydraulic pump system and the reduced-tail-swing. My machine allows me to get into and work in very tight spaces such as in between houses or trees. In the time I have had my machine, I have done projects as small as digging in residential utility services to large 22-foot-deep commercial excavations where all material had to be loaded on trucks in a timely manner.”

How does the machine handle the attachments needed for those jobs?

“The attachments I have for my excavator are a crusher bucket, rock hammer, hoe pack, wrist bucket, grapple bucket, V bucket and a large volume cleanup/ditching bucket. The machine handles all with ease.”

How does the machine’s reduced-tail-swing design help with the work you do?

“The reduced tail is a must for me due to most of my work being residential with building parcels getting tighter and tighter. I'm always working in areas where people are shocked I can get such a big machine into the area and work.”

What do you like most about the ZX245USLC-5?

“It’s a very quick machine – it moves quicker than most of the others. It’s smooth and the hydraulics are well-tuned. I have just about no downtime with it.”

What made you buy Hitachi?

“I grew up on Hitachis. They’ve always been a good, quality machine. I never have to worry about downtime, they’re fuel-efficient and the engine seems to live forever.”

2020 was a tough year for many. Any challenges or breakthroughs for your business last year?

“Actually, 2020 was a really good year for us. We’ve been working nonstop and are looking forward to business in 2021.”