Like many Hitachi owners (and operators), Gary has demonstrated remarkable loyalty in using Hitachi construction machinery throughout his career. Working for a family business up to the launch of his own company in 2009, his love of EX and Zaxis excavators started with an EX135 in 1998.
Since then, he has purchased every generation of Hitachi short-tail swing machines, from a ZX225USLC-1 in 2004 to a ZX225USLC-7 in 2021. In between he has owned and operated the ZX135US-3, ZX225USLC-5, ZX65USB-6, ZX85USB-6 and ZX225USLC-6.
“When I started BCL from scratch in 2009, the first machine I bought was a used ZX135US-3,” says Gary. “Every time I get into a Hitachi, I am in my element. From an operator’s point of view, nothing has ever come close to Zaxis excavators over the years.
“They are fluid – you’re not fighting the machine when you’re in the operator’s seat – as well as being fast and a pleasure to operate. Hitachi is the ultimate machine, no other excavator has the same characteristics, and I’ve tried many different brands.
“I’ve just invested in a new ZX225USLC-7 from Hitachi Construction Machinery UK to replace the previous -6 model – and that was the best Hitachi I’ve ever owned. After nearly 8,000 hours, it was immaculate and I can say that it was the best for reliability – we never even had to put a spanner on it.”
With his background as an operator, Gary also values his operators’ needs to the extent that he will investigate any machine that his colleagues desire. One of the civil engineering and groundworks contractor’s most experienced operators, Rich Matthews, has been working with the company since 2015 and agrees with Gary’s sentiments on the company’s Hitachi fleet.