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JUN 2018

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38 • ROCK products • June 2018 lbs. and bigger." Year-Round Productivity Although quarry production runs for only nine months, Boxley Materials keeps its ZX350LC-6 working year-round. The machine is equipped with a quick coupler so operators can easily switch from the breaker to a bucket for other applications. "In the winter months when it's cold up here in the moun- tains, we try to do our stripping and overburden removal," Robertson said. "So we'll use the Hitachi with a bucket to take care of it." As a lifelong heavy equipment fan, Robertson is a hands-on superintendent and enjoys operating the Hitachi excavator. He admitted the new machine took a little getting used to. "The hydraulics on the 350 are a little bit faster than what I was operating before," he said. "It took me a week or two to get used to them, and now I like them. No going back now!" Cost-Effective Reliability Boxley Materials has owned and operated Hitachi equipment since 1996 – starting with an EX700 shovel – and continues to add to its fleet. "The reason we continue to use Hitachi equipment is that they're cost-effective," Robertson said. "The Hitachi 350 for us has been fuel-efficient. Serviceability has been great. It seems to be very smooth operating." Even the local wildlife seems to be fans of the new excavator at the quarry. "We're in bear country and we found a footprint on the Hita- chi where a bear crawled up on it!" Robertson laughed. "I guess he was curious and wanted to check it out." Along with reliable equipment, Robertson said the company Excavating The newest addition to the Rich Patch Quarry site is a Hitachi ZX350LC-6 excavator.

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