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Max Earthworks chooses Hyundai's HX220AL

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Thu 19 Oct 2023

Max Earthworks chooses Hyundai's HX220AL

Midlands-based Max Earthworks has recently purchased yet more crawler excavators from HD Hyundai Construction Equipment, supplied by local dealer Willowbrook Plant.

“I bought my first new 14-tonne Hyundai through Andy Greensmith and the team at Willowbrook in 2012, having run a variety of used machines before that,” explained Alan Wildbore, Managing Director at Max Earthworks. “It was affordable and it did exactly the same job as other makes of machine. More importantly, it never let us down. We’ve never had any issues with Hyundai, just one injector that was replaced under warranty.”

Since that time, he has gone on to purchase more than 40 machines from Willowbrook, including two HX300As, six HX220ALs and eight HX140As. When the time came to get Max Earthmoving up and running, the mid-weight Hyundai was therefore at the top of a very short list of machines.

The 22-tonne HX220AL is powered by a Stage 5, six-cylinder Cummins engine, developing 129kW (173hp) of power. With Hyundai’s Electronic Pump Flow Control (EPFC) hydraulic system, the excavator is said to offer a perfect balance of productivity with precision for the operator. The machine boasts the latest A-Series operator’s cab, with a comfortable working environment and a powerful heating and air conditioning system.

“The HX220AL is the perfect middle ground machine for us. It is suitable for earthworks for housebuilding and can also be used on larger groundworks,” said Andy.

The company is now running two HX220ALs, following delivery of a second machine in early September. Both are equipped with a full boxing ring of upperstructure handrails and with Hyundai’s All Around View Monitoring (AAVM) system of 360-degree cameras, but he said that the machines are so well specified that operators need for little else. Max Earthworks also uses Hyundai’s HiMate telematic system to keep an eye on the excavators, though all service and repair work on the new machines will be carried out by the service department at Willowbrook.

“We used to have our own fitters, but now we use the dealer,” said Andy. “They are dealing with the machines every day and they provide us with a fantastic level of service.” Though in no rush to expand straight away, he does have plans to add additional machines to the Max Earthworks fleet, to meet growing customer demand for the company’s services. “Absolutely, when the market permits, the plan would be to run half a dozen machines again,” Andy confirmed.

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