The Molenaars lead a team of 30 dedicated staff, whose work on road construction and sewage contracts accounts for between 60 and 70% of the company’s current turnover. They also specialise in drainage and groundworks projects.
The family’s successful partnership with HCM Nederland has blossomed via an excellent relationship with Hitachi’s sales representative Kees van Vliet. He has known André for over 30 years and recognises that his customer is a useful reference for other potential Hitachi owners, calling him the “other sales guy” in the area. They both value the trust that has developed between the two companies.
The firm’s first Hitachi excavator was an EX150LC, which André also operated and recalls “the excellent handling”. When he took responsibility for the company’s fleet, it consisted of five machines, but he needed to invest in more equipment to keep up with demand.
Since 2008, the fleet has grown to 20 and includes: a ZW180-5 wheel loader; three Zaxis short-tail swing mini excavators; a wide range of medium excavators from the ZX130LCN-6 to the ZX350LC-3; and five ZX140W wheeled excavators.
“We have owned all four generations of the ZX210 and ZX140W, from the original Zaxis line-up through to the -3, -5 and -6 models,” says André. “The ZX210 is an excellent all-rounder, and can cope with smaller and larger jobs, as well as soft ground. The ZX140W is the perfect size for our work, and the two-piece boom also allows us to complete our jobs quickly and easily.”
When asked why he has bought as many as 40 Hitachi machines, André explains: “The machines, service and people continue to be excellent. We’ve had very few problems over the years and the handling continues to be one of the strong points. There is a good price/quality ratio, a strong resale value and they are even beautiful to look at! Hitachi is always there for us if we have a problem. The dealer thinks about everything from our point of view.”