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Hitachi and the Elephant Haven

The Elephant Haven in southwest France offers rehabilitation for Asian and African elephants from zoos and circuses. It is the first of its kind in Europe. To be part of this unique and worthwhile cause, we have donated a used mini excavator to the project. Initially the ZX38U-5 will be used to help prepare the facilities such as building fences and creating mud pools, then it will maintain the site and the barn in which the elephants sleep.

To find out more about our machine’s journey and its activities at the Elephant Haven, as well as the progress of the project, please subscribe here for regular updates.

Timeline

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7 November 2017

The sanctuary has launched its crowdfunding campaign to help with the construction of the barn. For more details, please go to: http://bit.ly/EleBarnElephantHaven

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November 2017

Founder Tony Verhulst says: “The sooner the elephant barn is built, the sooner the elephants can come here to retire.”

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30 October 2017

Our Hitachi ZX38U-5 has now started working on the foundations for the barn at Elephant Haven in southwest France.

The existing open barn must be closed up, fitted with windows and doors, and insulated. It will have ventilation and heating, a care-giving area, and an interior space for the elephants.

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2 October 2017

The ZX38U-5 mini – which was donated to Elephant Haven – has arrived at its final destination in Limousin, France.

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12 September 2017

“Finally, the heavy work here can begin,” says Tony.

The ZX38U-5 will first be used to build fences around the site’s perimeter and to prepare the foundations of the barn.

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12 September 2017

“It’s so exciting and heart-warming to see the Hitachi excavator arrive,” says Sofie. “We’re so grateful, it will help the project so much.”

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12 September 2017

Let’s get to work!

After an explanation on how to use the machine and daily maintenance tips, Tony and Sofie are ready to try out their new equipment.

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11 September 2017

The ZX38U-5 is officially handed over to new owners, Tony Verhulst and Sofie Goetghebeur, founders of the Elephant Haven, by HCME’s Ghislaine Jonker and Joep van den Maagdenberg.

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11 September 2017

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11 September 2017

Bienvenue en France! After a day on the road, the ZX38U-5 arrives safely at its new home, the Elephant Haven in Limousin.

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8 September 2017

Bon voyage! Hitachi staff at the Oosterhout factory bid farewell as the ZX38U-5 departs for southwest France.

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8 September 2017

Now this fully certified Premium Used Hitachi mini excavator is ready to be loaded on to the truck.

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7 September 2017

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7 September 2017

Then it’s time for the new model names, Hitachi logo and transparent Elephant Haven logo stickers to be carefully applied to the ZX38U-5.

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6 September 2017

Hitachi Premium Used machines are usually painted orange, but the ZX38U-5 is painted beige and brown to match the other equipment at the Elephant Haven.

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6 September 2017

Before the ZX38U-5 can be painted, the surface is sanded to ensure a smooth and high-quality finish.

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24 August 2017

The operator’s seat was removed for cleaning and the cab was also thoroughly cleaned.

After a final check of the machine and testing, the ZX38U-5 was ready to go for painting.

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24 August 2017

The lower front window was replaced and a small patch of rust at the front was repaired.

Most of the other jobs involved easy maintenance tasks, such as replacing filters for the hydraulics and engine.

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24 August 2017

Maintenance Technician Roel Gommers and After-Sales Manager for the Hitachi dealer in The Netherlands, Henk Diderik, were responsible for the ZX38U-5 at Oosterhout.

First, they carried out a visual inspection of the ZX38U-5, checking the cab, engine and looking at the hydraulic hoses in detail. Then they decided what needed to be repaired in order to make it comply with the requirements of a Hitachi Premium Used machine.

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13 July 2017

Here we go… the ZX38U-5 is about to the enter the factory so its transformation to a Premium Used machine can begin!

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13 July 2017

Welcome to Oosterhout! The ZX38U-5 has arrived safely and is ready to be unloaded.

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13 July 2017

On the road – the ZX38U-5 safely in transit to the Oosterhout factory, where it will undergo the process of becoming a certified Hitachi Premium Used machine.

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13 July 2017

Time to move out – the mini excavator is loaded on to a truck for transportation to the HCME factory in Oosterhout.

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13 July 2017

Congratulations Hitachi – you’re now the proud owner of a used ZX38U-5! HCME Product Specialist Joep van den Maagdenberg accepts the keys from its former owner.

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13 July 2017

Getting ready for the big day – before the used ZX38U-5 is officially handed over to HCME, it’s given a thorough clean.

Please subscribe here for regular updates on the progress of the ZX38U-5 mini excavator on its journey to Elephant Haven.

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