Engcon has supplied John Clarke mini digger Hire with its new EC02 tiltrotator package. Operating throughout the Liverpool, Manchester, Wigan area, John Clarke has an Engcon hitch fitted to each of his excavators, and switches the tiltrotator between his 1.7 tonne Takeuchi TB216 and 1.2 tonne Takeuchi TB210R Micro digger, depending on the restrictions of the site.
An owner-operator primarily working directly for home owners and small builders, John Clarke explains: “I invested in my Engcon tiltrotator, hitch and buckets, mainly for digging foundations and groundworks."
“A lot of my work involves squaring off against walls, which is hard work with continuous digger repositions, and I was looking for something to help with this. I’d stumbled across the Engcon videos on YouTube whilst on holiday and decided within a few hours I must have one. I did look at two other tiltrotator options, but found them more expensive and not compatible with both diggers.
“The quick hitch and tiltrotator makes you think differently about your day. Because you can change your accessories so quickly, for me in about 4–5 minutes, you find yourself much happier about changing tools. So you make-sure you’re using the right-tool for the right job, rather than making do with what’s fitted or grouping all your jobs with a particular tool together.
“Engcon is just getting the combi tilt and rotate control system CE registered for my machines, which I’ll get installed as soon as available. I’m really excited about this. It’s a testament to Engcon’s customer commitment.
“With Engcon fitted I am now winning up to 85% of the jobs I’m quoting for. A great improvement that I’d put down to growing awareness on site of the benefits a tilty equipped digger brings.
“I have managed to increase my day rate slightly with my improved job win ratio, but the big one for me is that I can do all the levelling and straightening off with my digger, so I’ve not employed a shovel man since my purchase, really reducing my daily out costs.
“In my area in the Wirral and North East, the tiltrotator is still a rare sight, especially on a mini digger. Certainly, I’d never seen one in the flesh until my fitting day at Engcon. People presume they are for larger machines. When other workers see it in action they are amazed, spinning the bucket the other way around is something else. I spend some time each week showing it off to interested passers-by”.
Robert Hunt, Managing Director of Engcon UK commented: “This has been a sound investment for John, enabling him to use his time far more productively, increase his revenue. By our estimates, he’ll get a full return on his investment within the year. Since fitting his Engcon, we’ve developed and CE approved a new control system which we’ll be fitting to John’s machine that will improve his productivity still further”
“Engcon aims to supply the very best solutions for customers. Many owner-operators like John work in confined places and for them the Engcon EC02 tiltrotator solution for mini diggers is game changing.”
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