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First Hyundai HX85A in UK

Thu 19 Aug 2021

First Hyundai HX85A in UK

The first 8.5-tonne class Hyundai HX85A midi excavator in the UK has been delivered to a long-standing Hyundai customer, N G Plant based in North Yorkshire. This eye-catching new machine also features a custom green livery direct from the factory.

It was in 1994 Nigel Gill’s father purchased the first Dash-2 Hyundai machine, the white cabbed Robex 130-2 model, which was the start of a long-term relationship with the brand.  In 2001, the business was effectively re-launched as N. G. Plant Hire Ltd when Nigel’s father retired.  Around that time Nigel traded in his Robex 130-2 for the all-new Dash-3 model.

More Hyundai machines followed over the years, culminating in the latest edition to the fleet, the HX85A, which has replaced an outgoing R 80CR-9A model and has been supplied by Cumbria-based dealer Taylor & Braithwaite, in a deal arranged by regional Sales Manager Chris Jordan. 

Nigel opted to have this machine factory painted in a shade of British Racing Green with red detail, a tribute to his love of motorbike racing, something of which he is very passionate about. One has to say, it really makes this machine stand out from the crowd and the finish and attention to detail really is top drawer, with all the interior panels and components housed within sporting the full paintwork. 

Beneath this bonnet lies the new 4-cylinder, Stage 5 emissions compliant Yanmar 4TNV98C-PHYB water-cooled, 4-cycle, direct injection and electric controlled diesel engine, which offers up a gross power rating of 66.9hp (49.4kw) at 2,400rpm. This engine uses a self-generating Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) exhaust after-treatment system without the need of any Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR).

The Bosch-Rexroth variable displacement piston hydraulic pump, which delivers a maximum oil flow of 144L/min, is mounted to the nearside of the machine with the cooling packs to the offside of the engine bay. Nigel’s machine is fitted with the standard 450mm wide rubber tracks, but there are options for 450mm and 600mm steel tracks depending on the customers’ requirements. Overall track length is 2,885mm while the track/dozer blade width is 2,300mm, which offers great stability throughout the working range. The track motors are from Nabtesco and provide travel speeds ranging from 3.1 km/h to 5.1 km/h.

This machine has been supplied with the preferred UK spec 2,100mm long dipper stick option, which when combined with the standard boom offers a reach at ground level of 7,280mm with a maximum digging depth of 7,420mm, which could be increased by digging with the dozer blade behind and lowered down to its maximum position. Double-acting auxiliary hydraulic lines are fitted as standard for the running of hydraulic attachments such as breakers, compactors, and flail mowers. 

Nigel is currently working with his new Hyundai on a rural road closure job in North Yorkshire, where the N G Plant team were excavating the verges by the side of the carriageway to the specified depth, refilling with compacted 6F2 material before dressing back over with topsoil, this is done to strengthen to road edge where it may have failed previously.

Read the full story on this machine in the July 2021 issue of Earthmovers Magazine.

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