Lucas Prohm has always enjoyed being around heavy machinery. Two years ago he achieved his ambition to join the earthmoving industry, establishing TNL Earthworks Pty Ltd which is based in the regional city of Wollongong, just over an hour south of Sydney.
Today Lucas has a fleet of three machines and undertakes projects throughout the South Coast and greater Sydney region. Work includes major residential developments and public infrastructure including railway maintenance and construction.
Quickly realising the safety challenges and the amount of time that was being spent in manually connecting hydraulics when making attachment changes, Lucas discovered an ideal solution in the engcon EC-Oil system.
“When I realised that I could change attachments quickly, without leaving the machine’s cab it was obvious this was the way to go. Another key factor is the high level of safety in making attachment connections while working on constrained job site sites in proximity to other machinery and personnel”, Lucas said.
“An opportunity to upgrade to the EC-Oil system came when I recently purchased a new Hitachi Zaxis 135US-5 excavator. At the same time we acquired other engcon components: an EC214 Gen 2 tiltrotator with a DC2 control, a QS60 top hitch and a GRD20 Q quick release grab.
“It didn’t take long to learn the controls of the engcon and EC-Oil and understand all the benefits;
“Clients expect precision work, value for their money and minimal disruption to their projects. When they see our machinery on site and note its productivity, efficiency and precision, they know we are a professional company which reflects well on our business.
“Accuracy, efficiency and tidiness of work are attributes that clients seek. The entire engcon system with its EC-Oil hydraulic attachment enables the machine to perform a larger range of work whilst stationed in one position without the need to continually reposition, allowing the operator to perform multiple tasks with multiple attachments in a reduced work area. This is a huge benefit for us and our clients.
“Productivity when using the engcon EC-Oil system is amazing! Much of our work is based on hourly hire and the system enables us to provide a professional, efficient and productive service to our clients, which is a key part of building our business.
“The machine is set up with a QS60 top hitch on EC-Oil which allows us to quickly drop the engcon tiltrotator when required for bulk or when stronger breakout force is required. It gives us the best of both worlds, being able to swap between each setup in only a matter of seconds.”
“The EC-Oil system has saved a huge amount of time on site. There are no more dirty hands when changing attachments. You can stay in the cab and perform all the work you need, I couldn’t ask for more!”
“The whole engcon system and its EC-Oil connection has outperformed my expectations and I couldn’t be happier with it”, Lucas said.
Lucas Prohm, TNL Earthworks Pty Ltd
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