The excavator pioneers
“In the mid-1970s, cities were growing and requiring excavation and groundworks, so we needed larger excavators,” says Carlo. “And in 1984, the government started investing in rebuilding dykes, so between 1984 and 2015, our company expanded with this kind of work and gained expertise in this area.”
Kloosterman BV bought its first Hitachi excavator in 1979, a UH06, followed by a UH07 in 1980. Carlo’s father, Adrie, and his uncle, Jan, were then running the company and still have copies of the original invoices and photographs of these machines. “My father says it was pioneering for them to try a Hitachi machine, from Japan, and not another brand from Germany,” says Carlo. “And my uncle was the first to use a super long front machine – a ZX250 with a 22m long reach.”
The company has continued to invest in Hitachi construction equipment over the years: “We’ve had 40 to 50 Hitachi machines in total. The best one is the ZX250 because it can be used on both small and large projects.” The Kloosterman BV Hitachi fleet today consists of 12 models: a ZX60, ZX80, ZX135, two ZX250LCs, two ZX290s with 14m long reach, three wheeled excavators, and two ZX300-6s (one with 18m reach and another with 22m reach). A new ZX250-7 is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2023.