Keyway Group has invested in its first Hitachi wheel loader, which is also the first of its kind to be sold in the UK. The ZW310-6 was supplied by Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) Ltd (HCMUK) in July 2016 for use in its busy recycling facilities in Durnford, Avonmouth and Gloucester.
Last autumn, a unique opportunity resulted in the new machine working on a project at the beach in Weston-Super-Mare. The machine helped to construct the 15km-long track for the biggest event in the UK’s off-road motorcycle racing calendar – the Weston Beach Race.
The perfect choice
The ZW310-6 wheel loader was required to help with the moving and shaping of 200,000 tonnes of sand. It was one of several machines building numerous four-metre obstacles, which were then shaped by dozers and excavators.
The ZW-6 machine is fitted with a standard 4.3m³ bucket and L5 tyres, which are suitable for quarrying and recycling. At Keyway’s recycling facilities, it is used to transport material from a crusher, as well as for stockpiling and loading up to 100 trucks a day. The company crushes, screens and turns demolition waste, namely concrete and residue, into different sizes of aggregates.
In addition to recycling and the supply of aggregates, Keyway also offers earthmoving, demolition, transport and waste removal services. It ordered 112 new Hitachi models last year alongside the ZW-6 wheel loader, including mini, medium, short-tail swing and medium excavators.
Reliable and fuel-efficient
The family-run company’s founder, Eamonn F McGurk, is extremely happy with the first Hitachi wheel loader in his fleet: “The ZW310-6 is reliable and follows in the same pedigree as Hitachi Zaxis excavators. The operator has also been very impressed. It’s a vast improvement in terms of fuel economy and cycle times on the previous model supplied by another manufacturer.”
Eamonn regards the Hitachi brand as a perfect match for his company’s own philosophy. “The machines are high-quality products that are sustainable and are built to last,” he says. “Their productivity and reliability are unquestionable. The environmental benefits resulting from the fuel economy of the Zaxis-5 and Zaxis-6 excavators are evident.”