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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and its local dealer Hitex supplied two machines free of charge for four months to help clear and reconstruct areas affected by last August’s earthquake in central Italy.

The earthquake, which had its epicentre near Accumoli between L’Aquila and Perugia, claimed almost 300 lives, and HHI Europe offered a R60CR-9A crawler excavator and a HL757-9A wheeled loader to the emergency services.

The HL757-9A wheeled loader is one of six models in the Hyundai's -9 series of machines with operating weight between 9 and 33.5 t, with bucket capacities of 1.8 to 6 cu m (63 to 212 cu ft). It has a weight capacity of 14,700 kg (32,407 lb) and a bucket capacity of 2.8 cu m (98 cu ft).

The HL757-9A is designed to allow the operator to adjust the engine power and the timing of the automatic transmission and clutch disengagement based on the application and preference.

Its fully automatic transmission is equipped with self-diagnosis and low temperature protection – which is especially important working in areas where winter temperatures regularly drop below freezing. Enhanced axles on the machine also improve driving on rough terrain, such as that resulting from the rubble caused by the earthquake.

The Hyundai R60CR-9A compact excavator, like all machines in the A series, helps to maximise profitability by improving fuel economy and by delivering advanced maintenance functions and highly resistant components.

The machine has been designed for maximum precision and offers the operator the very best in handling and manoeuverability. The flow rate of the pump decreases the hydraulic flow when the controls are not in use, to reduce fuel consumption.

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