In the last number of engcon News Nordic we wrote about Jyrki Mäki-Mustapää who drives a Hitachi ZX 225 USR equipped with engcon’s latest tiltrotator, the EC226.
On the same blustery October day we met another machinery contractor, Valtteri Lampimäki with his Hitachi ZX 180 LC and his trustworthy EC20.
“The tiltrotator ran for 4 000 hours before I had the first major service and that was no more complex than replacing a couple of bushings”.
When we visited Jyrki Jyrki Mäki-Mustapää, who runs his family firm Kuortaneen Kaivin OY together with his brother Kari, he was busy excavating and strengthening Paukkulantie street for the municipality of Kuortane. Working on the same street was Valtteri Lampimäkiwho with his Hitachi back-filled Juri’s excavations with sand and gravel.
Allteki, too, operated an engcon tiltrotator on his excavator; an EC20 which he had transferred from his previous excavator.
“Well, it was in such good condition, so i decided to keep with it”, says Valtteri and continues; “My opinion of using engcon products is very good. I operated this tiltrotator for 4 000 hours before I had the first major service and that was no more complex than replacing a couple of bushings”.
Valtteri Lampimäki is 33 and took his father’s company over in 1995 and changed its name to Firma Valtteri Lampimäki. The company is run solely by Valtteri himself, who also has a Valtra agricultural tractor that is used for various jobs for the firm.
“I’m always very careful to carry out the maintenance according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. For example I never cut corners where lubrication is concerned, and I make regular checks on the whole machine”, Valtteri replies to the question on how he keeps his machine good order.
After a short pause to chat a truck arrives and deposits a load of sand where Jyrki has been digging.
Valtteri clambers up onto his Hitachi and within a short period of time the pile of sand has been distributed over the fibre membrane that forms part of the reinforcement on the wet substrate.
As Jyrki excavates the masses Valtteri follows-on and fixes the edges of the dug-up areas, alternating sand and coarser gravel that is laid on top of the layer of sand.
It is obvious that Valtteri and Jyrki work together as a team as they fix the job with centimetre precision in their ballet of tilting and rotating the buckets close to each other and the new street starts to take form at a rate of knots.
“I’ve been working as a sub-contractor to Kuortaneen Kaivin OY for several years now, so we know each other rather well by now”, says Valtteri with a broad grin as he climbs down from the cab to enjoy a well-deserved lunch.
Valtteri Lampimäki, Firma Valtteri Lampimäki
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