Luke Kasprzak, Portfolio Director, from Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF), the organisation that runs and part-owns the expo in conjunction with the Construction and Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG), commented, “Looking around to see what the exhibitors will have on offer, one can see why this is the premier industry event in Victoria — and one of the largest of its kind in Australia.”
Australian Launch of World First Bi-levelling Tracked Scissor Lift
ASPAC Group (stand D25) will launch a world first at ACE EXPO 2015 in Australia; its ATHENA Bi-Levelling Tracked Scissor Lift.
ASPAC’s Martin Eade said the Athena has the ability to self-level on slopes up to 20 degrees on both the X and Y axes, being front to back and side to side, giving it great application in the outdoor equipment, construction, landscaping and rental industries. “This is a feature never before seen in a scissor lift, and means no bulky outriggers and no packing of wheels.
“The Athena is a totally new concept in scissor lifts. Traditional slab scissors can only be used on flat, level, hard surfaces, which makes them virtually useless to anyone in outdoor construction or maintenance. However, rough terrain units are large and heavy, have to be transported via truck, and cannot be used in backyards due to their size.
“The Athena, by contrast, can go anywhere, on virtually any surface, and, with its massive 20-degree auto-levelling function, can be used on virtually every job, every day. That equates to massive productivity gains and increased profit, so why work harder when you can work smarter?”
Named after the Goddess of Wisdom, the Athena is available in two sizes: the 630 has a 6.35-metre working height, while the 850 has an 8m working height; both models can be driven close to full height. They come standard with a Honda petrol engine and 240V functionality; an on-board generator enables power tools to be used, even when the 240V power function is not being used.
Eade said beyond self-levelling on steep inclines, the Athena was popular for several reasons, including the fact it’s on tracks, virtually eliminating the risk of getting bogged; it’s compact enough to easily get down the sides of a house, being 1,200mm wide and at 1,700kg is light enough for easy transport.
All-new Mustang R Series Heads
Tutt Bryant Equipment (stand B41) will showcase the new Mustang R series, Bomag tampers, Yanmar Dash 6 range and Kawasaki Z7 range.
Victorian sales manager, Ken Watson said, “We are exhibiting at ACE EXPO to display a diverse range of products and support services through a medium where visitors can meet with representatives, ask questions and build long-lasting relationships.”
Ken said Mustang has redesigned its full-sized radial-lift, skid-steer loader line. These machines, which have the full power needed for demanding jobs, feature a brand-new operator’s station with integrated digital display, improved 360-degree visibility, pressurised cab option, improved Yanmar engines, an enhanced hydraulic system and maximum torque ratings.
The state-of-the-art operator compartment is all about safety and comfort. It has new, side-folding restraint bar and multiple-adjustment armrests, fully adjustable control towers, and the mechanical or air-ride suspension seat options deliver outstanding comfort. The cab-forward design and lowered rear towers give unmatched visibility to the bucket edge and rear of the machine.
These exciting new R Series skid steer loaders also include many other features, such as the manual Quick-a-Tach or hydraulic Power-a-Tach attachment systems, HydraGlide ride control and the Hydraloc safety system. A variety of options and attachments, including air conditioning, allow the user to customise the machine to their needs.
Versatility is essential for skid steer loaders, and this is why the R Series is designed with many time-saving features that enhance versatility on the job site, including pressure-relieving hydraulic couplers, thumb-controlled proportionate auxiliary hydraulics, and an augmented hydraulic flow enhance attachment controllability for precision movements and ease of use. The ROPS/FOPS structure tilts back with the help of hydraulic lift cylinders, exposing hydraulic components, while all high-rotation pins have grease points for ease of maintenance.
ETF’s Luke Kasprzak said the three days are packed with activities, including the CMEIG networking function on Friday 13, and children’s and spouse activities on Saturday 14. Free information sessions will be held at a dedicated seminar stage on the first two days, offering the latest news and industry trends, and giving attendees the opportunity to learn where Victoria’s civil contracting and construction industry is heading.
The new Safety Zone will be on every day, showcasing advancements in work-safety products and services, injury prevention and risk management — fundamental to keeping those who work in these vital industries safe.
ACE EXPO Victoria 2015 will be held from 12 -14 November at Melbourne Showgrounds.
Register online now — it’s free and every registration has the chance to win a Samsung Tablet!
For more information visit www.aceexpo.com.au