South East Excavations First to See New Sandvik Screen

The first Sandvik branded mobile screen to be commissioned in Australia was successfully handed over to South East Excavations who are operating two quarries owned by McGeary Bros at Wardell in northern NSW.

The recent unification of the Fintec and Extec brands into the Sandvik group of companies has created one of the world's largest, most comprehensive and dynamic line-ups of mobile crushing and screening equipment in the world. The new Sandvik branded equipment is delivered in a distinctive orange livery as seen in the photograph.

After consultation with Precision Screen, the exclusive agent for Sandvik mobile crushers and screens in Australia, Brian Turner and his team at South East Excavations (SEE) ordered the QA330 tracked screen. Brian has over 30 years experience in quarrying, including the design of custom equipment, and has previously purchased a Fintec jaw crusher, screen and scalper screen for work within the SEE Civil operations. According to Alan Lippiatt, SEE Quarry Manager, "the Sandvik QA330 was ideal as it easily integrated into the existing set up at the Wardell quarry operation. In particular, its long conveyors provided the necessary height and clearance to feed the existing crushers. The Sandvik QA330 also delivers higher production through its large screening area and high frequency double deck screen."

Ross Smith, SEE Business Development Manager was also on-site and was quick to point out that the Sandvik QA330 was very user friendly and simple to operate and maintain.

The quarry operation at Wardell is rather interesting in that although the two quarries are in close proximity, Chert is extracted from one and Argillite from the other. The majority of these products are being used on the nearby RTA Alstonville bypass project and the two quarries provide the diversity of materials required to meet the specifications of the project.

The Sandvik QA330 was operational on the same day as it was delivered on-site at Wardell and is now integral to the production of high quality SEE Civil quarry products there. Quality has been fundamental to the success and growth of SEE Civil. They are genuinely committed to delivering a quality product (that exceeds specification) in the shortest possible time.

The products specified and delivered for the Alstonville bypass are a good example of this commitment to quality. Materials from the Chert (quartzite) quarry are being produced to meet the base and sub-base specifications while the Argillite quarry produces the select fill, bridging layer and drainage blanket material.

The modern chassis design of the Sandvik QA330 ensures in-built machine quality and strength for maximum up-time and productivity on-site. The QA330 is also designed for optimum fuel economy and low operating costs. When back up and spare parts are required both Alan and Ross endorsed the service commitment of Precision Screen - "they are always there to help you out". This has been further strengthened locally through Sandvik's global after market support and standard stock parts.

In addition to commissioning the first Sandvik branded mobile screen in Australia, SEE Civil has been consistently achieving 'firsts' through its innovation and resourcefulness since its establishment in 1988. The SEE group has grown to be a leader in its field and specialises in a large variety of construction, including earthworks, civil, road construction, water and sewer projects, hydro-transportation, dredging, quarrying, crushing, screening, retaining walls, environmental works and all aspects of residential, commercial and industrial developments.

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