First Delivery – Sumitomo Paver
Published: June 23rd, 2013
AB Equipment has recently delivered its first ever Sumitomo HA60W-7 asphalt paver to regional construction company The Pavemasters. Based in the Palmerston North region, The Pavemasters specialises in all residential and commercial paving projects from major roading developments to residential driveways.
According to The Pavemasters managing director Milton Passey the company did a thorough investigation into all available brands before making a decision in favour of the Sumitomo HA60W-7. The customer also took into account the high reputation Sumitomo excavators have, plus the accessibility of the AB Equipment network of service locations across the region.
One of the major features was the tare weight being around 3000kg lighter than the competition, meaning it has the advantage of being able to be carried on the company’s standard eight-wheel transporter. The screed lift height was also the highest amongst those reviewed and again is able to be loaded on to the transporter with ease.
Milton Passey was also impressed with the new design of the three-section screed able to be freely extended from 2.3 to 6m without requiring any extra screed extension equipment. He felt it was fantastic he could now move the screed in or out whilst the paver was still in operation and without damaging the recently laid surface. The electronically heated screed also heats up very quickly and is very easily controlled, making for an even surface from the very start of the paving process.
Another feature of the Sumitomo HA60W-7 is the low height (460mm) of the hopper. Thanks to the new shape, the operators at the Pavemasters has found it is now easier to feed in asphalt material from a greater range of truck sizes than ever before. The same goes with the turning circle, proven to be exceptional. Plus, the HA60W-7 has shown to be very manoeuvrable, being controllable and tight when laying a mat.
The ‘Space 5’ engine combines a common rail high compression fuel injection system, an exhaust gas reticulation system and a turbo engine with inter-cooler function to deliver a seven percent fuel consumption improvement over previous models.