Inspire : Public Works Nov Dec 2012
"The progression in each model has been amazing." Kim 'Hunchy' Hazel, HHH Earthmoving. © 2012 Caterpillar. CAT, CATERPILLAR, their respective logos, "Caterpillar Yellow," the "Power Edge" trade dress as well as corporate and product identity used herein, are trademarks of Caterpillar and may not be used without permission. NSW/ACT - WesTrac: 1300 881 064 WA - WesTrac: 1300 881 064 VIC - William Adams: (03) 9566 0666 TAS - William Adams: (03) 6326 6366 QLD/NT - Hastings Deering: 131 228 SA - Cavpower: (08) 8343 1600 Note: Caterpillar makes no warranties, guarantees or representations as to the accuracy or timeliness of any information, beliefs or opinions (which do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of Caterpillar) set out above and Caterpillar assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in same or actions in consequence upon same. Watching Cat motor graders operate on the local roads around Robinvale, Victoria as a 13 year old, Hunchy's childhood interest was soon pricked. Getting a ride in the cab with the council operators cemented his career path. Since that first ride, Hunchy has gone on to spend his life working in and around Cat equipment, owning and operating a range of Cat graders including two current models. Hunchy's is a story that could be told time over in Australia as the Cat grader has established itself not only as the industry leader but something of an icon. The Cat motor grader's status was recently reaffirmed when the game changing M Series notched up 1000 sales since its introduction in 2008. "The progression in each model has been amazing. Some of the early machines only had hydraulic side shift on the blade and if you had it under full load, it wouldn't even move." Regardless, the positives of the Cat machines always shone through. "Great bottom end torque has been a hallmark of all Cat machines" Hunchy reckons. "They're renowned for the low-down grunt. "With final trim it's all about throttle control allowing the machine to be able to do what it is capable of doing, and with the Cat you can back off the throttle with a full blade and let the control system catch up and then away you go again." Machine control has become a speciality of HHH Earthmoving and after trying many other systems, Hunchy favours Cat AccuGradeTM to get the job done. "I've specialised in machine control -- which is electric over hydraulic control -- and it is now incredibly advanced. "Using the Cat AccuGrade system on the Peninsula Link freeway, the surveyors simply upload a USB and away you go. There's often a lot of design changes on the job and AccuGrade offers complete flexibility. "A benefit of AccuGrade is its operational simplicity. At the end of the day anyone can get in the grader and go. You can also go back to work you've done days earlier and match it. "We're running a UTS with the AccuGrade at the moment and are getting three and four millimetre cuts which is incredible. The leap in technology to a joystick controlled M Series from the H Series models also presented some fears, but Hunchy said he not only came to terms with operating the revolutionary system, but erased any fears it held for him within hours. The joystick system on the M Series represented a revolutionary change in motor grader control, helping to simplify machine operation and reduce hand and wrist movement significantly. "When I first saw the joysticks on the M Series graders it did worry me a bit, but after about three hours operating a machine I thought it was good and after about a week behind the controls I thought it was great," he said "That's the thing with Cat equipment, the new machines keep coming and feature improvements that are nearly always astronomical," Hunchy said. "I can see that the Cat machines that are yet to come will continue to feature more and more technology. Caterpillar has always been so product driven and use a lot of the machine data that is generated, together with customer feedback, to design their new machines." To find out more about Cat M Series Motor Graders contact your local Cat dealer or visit australia.cat.com/mseries Like many owners, Kim "Hunchy" Hazel's fascination with Cat® motor graders started as a kid. It has since developed into a way of life and business for the roaming grader operator. Above: Kim "Hunchy" Hazel at the recent M Series celebration in Melbourne. M SERIES. 1000 AT WORK.
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