Stephen Toose decided to expand his hire and rental inventory 12 months ago with a new Kobelco mini excavator, and in the months since he has bought another seven Kobelco machines.
"I was doing mechanical repairs on scissor lifts in the Ballarat area and noticed that there was a lack of suitable rough-terrain lifts for contractors to hire," Stephen says.
"When I bought a rough-terrain scissor lift to hire out, there was a rush of demand and that soon turned into demand for more construction and building equipment. Before long I was hiring out everything from skid steers to water trucks to site offices. It was only a matter of time before I added excavators to the list."
A long-standing relationship with local machinery dealership Ballarat Tractors led Stephen to consider Kobelco excavators.
"I hadn't worked with Kobelco machinery before but I'd heard good things from people in the area and I needed something reliable. Whatever I bought was going to be hired out straight away, so it needed to hit the ground running," he says.
Stephen purchased his first Kobelco SK17SR in June 2016, and has since gone on to purchase another three Kobelco mini excavators and four Kobelco midi excavators. He says that the first mini set the standard for his rapidly expanding excavator hire fleet.
Ballarat Tractors has recently hired an on-site machine service technician who specialises in Kobelco excavators.
"Servicing and after-sales support is a strength of Ballarat Tractors; that was a big reason why I trusted their recommendation to try Kobelco excavators. This addition to their servicing team is great news, especially as our machinery fleet expands."
Regional Contractors hires largely to clients working on local building projects and road maintenance operations, and also includes contractors working on projects by the VicRoads South West Alliance / Fulton Hogan. Regional Contractors also incorporates a satellite operation in Apollo Bay in southern Victoria, and subsidiary transporting, traffic control and training businesses.
For more information on the Kobelco range of excavators, visit Kobelco Construction Machinery Australia online at www.kobelco.com.au for a full product and dealer list.