Last week we spend a day with Tierra Designs, an award winning garden design and build company from Hertfordshire. They currently run four machines from A&Y, an older Yanmar SV08 and Cormidi C50, alongside a more recently purchased Cormidi C85 and a brand new Yanmar ViO12, one of only four currently in the UK.
The site they are working on, located just outside the idyllic town of Berkhamsted, saw all 4 of these machines being utilised as they dug the footings for a new wall and patio in a garden.
You may recognise the C85 as this was the versatile tracked dumper sold with a cement mixer attachment as well as the standard high tip skip. In fact a simple change over saw the C85 alter from a tracked dumper to a tracked cement mixer part way through the day! Saving the guys all important time and money.
It was great to see the ViO12 being worked hard and also to hear so much positive feedback on this excavator.
Features such as the expanding undercarriage and zero tail swing allows for the machine to work in tight spots, in this instance up against a wall, safe in the knowledge that the rear of the machine wont catch on any obstacles.
The expanding undercarriage was key on this jobsite for more than just that reason. The ground was difficult to work on but the added stability of the ViO12 still meant work could be completed at a good speed. The ViO12 has a long arm fitted as standard, however due to the strong stability of this machine side and front lifting capacities remain high.
Whilst having a chat with Jules, one of the owners and operators on the day he told us that "with the added power and capabilities of the ViO12 we treat it more like a 1 and half tonne digger, but with all the compactness of a 1 tonner. Perfect for the work we do"
The three cylinder Yanmar engine does give a surprising amount of power to the ViO12 and it seems that this is being fully utilised by Tierra Designs.
As you may know the ViO12 is operated by joystick or servo controls, one of the main features of this new micro excavator. Again we received multiple positive comments about this, particularly how it makes the operating position far more comfortable, especially during long shifts.
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