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Finning Deal Sees Walters Group Pile On The Tonnes Purchasing Two New Cat 775F Off Highway Trucks

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Plant hire, earthmoving, materials handing and civil engineering company, Walters Group has extended its fleet of Caterpillar equipment in a deal with Finning to purchase two new Cat 775F Off Highway Trucks. Each capable of transporting payloads of up to 64 tonnes, the new additions to the fleet will enhance Walters Plant Hire’s earth-moving capabilities to exceed a staggering 10 million m3 per annum.
Delivered in July 2007, the Cat 775F’s have already been utilised by Walters Group for one of its materials handling contracts. The two new Cat 775F’s will be immediately tasked with hauling blasted rock to the crusher at a hard stone quarry. With the 775F’s working in a very specialised quarrying industry, the purchase by Walters Group of two machines represents a considerable investment.
Commenting on the deal and its ever expanding Caterpillar fleet, Dave Walters, Walters Group Chairman said: “When you are dealing with a major investment of this kind you take great care to specify the right equipment and backup support for the job at hand. Because we have a long standing relationship with Finning we were confident that the backup support and service they could offer as part of the deal would ensure we were able to make the most of our investment. We also have a lot of experience in dealing with Finning as we currently run upwards of 100 Caterpillar machines on our fleet with recent purchases including eight Cat 740 ADT’s, six 725 ADT’s, two D9T dozers, Six 777F’s and one D8T.
Walters Group Director, Huw Richards commented: “Amongst several contacts that the group is currently undertaking is the transformation of the former Ffos Y Fran opencast site in Carmarthenshire into the first new racecourse to be built for over 80 years. The majority of the other Cat equipment recently purchased is being be utilised on this project. When the development is completed in 2009 it will incorporate extensive Equine facilities as well as leisure and residential developments.”
Whilst Walters has its own service team, in order to deliver on its 24-hour service pledge to customers across the UK, it is critical that they can access the expertise offered by Finning’s national service network. This support has been secured thanks to a dedicated customer support agreement between the two companies. As part of this agreement Walters also work with Finning to perform preventative maintenance, in particular using their scheduled oil sampling, which helps to prolong the life of our equipment and reduce operating costs.
Specifically designed for quarrying, mining and construction applications, the Cat 775F is built for power, using Caterpillars ACERT engine technology to deliver a gross power of 587kW. Coupled with proven reliability and efficiency, the Cat 775F offers superior performance even in the toughest applications. Carry loads of up to 64 tonnes, at speeds up to 64km/hr, thanks to the use of a seven speed electronic controlled transmission, the Cat 775F is capable of keeping material moving at high volume to lower the cost-per ton.
Operator comfort has also been further enhanced with safe and easy to use controls, suspended seat, sound suppression and air conditioning. But most importantly the new 775F has been redesigned to offer superior access and egress facilities, with 45 degree steps, safety hand rails and better cab access, all developed to keep the operator safe at all times.
Commenting on the purchase of the two Cat 775F’s by Walters Plant Hire, Finning strategic account manager, Robert Powell said: “Following the success of their sister company, winning the major welsh contract, Walters Plant Hire had specific needs to be fulfilled by their equipment purchase. They needed machines that could integrate with existing plant to move substantial amounts of earth swiftly and effectively at the lowest possible cost per tonne.
“We were able to show Walters Plant Hire just how the Cat 775F’s fulfilled that role, by highlighting the reliability and proven efficiency credentials of the machine. We were also able to quantify the benefits offered by longer service intervals and easier maintenance compared to older equipment, that when combined with Finning support would deliver low cost of ownership and high levels of performance.”
Robert concluded: “It is now our role to work hard to support Walters Group its customers and partners so that our service allows their equipment to work as hard as possible.”
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