Ontario, Canada, based Priestly Demolition Inc has become the first customer in North America for Kobelco’s 112 tonne, 40 m (132 ft) reach SK1000D demolition excavator, which was supplied through dealer Robert Green Equipment Sales. Ryan Priestly, president/owner and Andrew Kelly, equipment manager/master mechanic of PDI first saw the SK1000D at ConExpo in March 2014.
Ken Folden, Canadian service representative for Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, demonstrated the machine’s features to both Priestly and Kelly. “Ken emphasised the machine’s impressive ability of being assembled, moved, and up-and-running within hours. He sold us on its capabilities right there at the show,” said Ryan. “Two weeks later, Bob Green from Robert Green Equipment visited our office. I told him how impressed I was with the SK1000 and that I wanted to buy it from him.”
The machine was transported from Las Vegas, where it was being stored, to Ontario in a process that required seven separate loads and was put straight to work on the demolition of a former General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario.