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Reliability is key for Australia’s largest Vermeer track trencher owner

XCAV8 Plant Services has been in operation for nearly 10 years, started by business partners Barry Murphy and Brian O’Neill. The pair had worked together with Vermeer Australia prior to starting XCAV8, and knew they wanted to continue to work with the machines and the Vermeer Australia team as they could trust the products to be reliable and productive.

XCAV8’s fleet includes four PD10 solar pile drivers, two T955 track trenchers, three T1255 track trenchers, eight T1055 track trenchers, plus a T558 sliding offset track trencher. Their large range of track trenchers makes them the Australia’s largest Vermeer track trencher owner.

Brian says XCAV8 Plant Services provide plant hire and maintenance services to a wide range of industries including water, oil and gas, tunnelling, renewable energy and mining.

“We work on projects large and small, from sub-divisions to pipeline projects, and solar and wind farms right across the country. We supply contractors with a range of Vermeer machines depending on the type of job, sometimes hiring out more than one at a time.

“We’ve always loved working with the Vermeer machines, they’re durable, reliable and can just get the job done. And we’ve always had great support from the guys at Vermeer Australia. Through ups and downs we know they always have our back,” Brian says.

Brian says they’re always working with the Vermeer Australia team to see what other machines they may need to add to their fleet, depending on the types of projects in the pipeline.

“The last 12 months we had a bit of a drop-off with some projects because of Covid, but we were still in contact with Vermeer Australia to see what new tech or products they had on offer. We were lucky enough to test drive some machines in that downtime to keep up-to-date on what’s available,” Brian says.

Product focus – Vermeer T1055 Track Trencher

Vermeer’s T1055 track trencher makes up a large part of XCAV8’s plant hire fleet. The T1055 track trencher is perfect for pipeline projects requiring high horsepower and deep digging depths.

The rotary power trencher drive motor and splined headshaft is low-speed and high torque, which performs rock excavation effectively with minimal chain wear and superior ground penetration for better production results. Operators can also adjust their trench depths using an optional sectionalised trencher boom.

The elevated rollover protective module (ROPM) cab comes with filtered and pressurised air, heating and air-conditioning. The elevation of the cab gives it a great vantage point, and allows a virtually unrestricted view of the boom, trench and conveyor. The machine as a whole is rugged, robust and is built and proven for 30 years in Australia’s toughest trenching conditions.

The T1055 is also available with a wireless remote control that can provide full operator function remotely, putting operator safety first.

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