CablePrice has been the New Zealand distributor of Montabert breakers since the 1990’s, with one of their largest Montabert customers being Vuksich and Borich (NZ) Ltd. The Auckland based civil engineering company boasts a huge range of Montabert breakers which Plant and Transport Manager Murray George says, are primarily used for bulk excavation work such as breaking up rock and hard material.
The Montabert range had good specifications such as air kits for underwater work and silencing kits for confined spaces, enabling the company to undertake a variety of projects, Murray says. “Just about every project we’re involved with uses Montabert breakers.”
“With the Port Moresby project, we used the big Montabert V55 breakers with our 50 tonne excavators. Montabert are very good breakers and we’ll continue with the brand,” says Murray George.
Local Vuksich and Borich projects include preparing ground for the new SkyCity convention centre, the Fabric apartment complex in Onehunga, the Commercial Bay development and several Ministry of Justice projects such as site preparation at Mt Eden and Paremoremo prisons and the Auckland South Corrections Facility in Wiri.
Offshore projects include excavating shipping channel in the remote islands of Tavalu, creating new islands and resorts off Fiji through land reclamation, and excavating a site in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for a new conference facility.
Murray Wilkinson, Equipment Parts Manager at CablePrice, says the Montabert product range starts with the SC6, ideally suited for those small jobs with a carrier range weight of 0.7t – 1.2t, right up to the heavy duty V65 breaker, with a carrier range weight of 45t – 90t, for the really big jobs. “Montabert breakers come standard as Metro Silenced, providing low noise emissions ideal for contractors working in metropolitan areas and the great shock absorbers on these breakers mean it is a much more pleasant experience for the operator as well”.
The all-purpose, versatile ‘Silver Clip’ (SC) range of light breakers is very popular with customers working on the smaller jobs such as a plumber and gas fitter who needs to break concrete to get access to underground pipes. They want a tool they can use with their mini-excavator to get the job done fast and accurately. “In particular our Hitachi Mini excavator customers favour the SC12 with its 1.2t – 2.2t operating weight as it’s a perfect match with the Hitachi ZX17U-5”, explains Murray.
At the other end of the scale, the “V” model excels in hard rock quarries by providing the right amount of energy and frequency variation to perform no matter what ground hardness. Montabert’s heavy “V” model breakers are designed for all types of carriers, from 18t to 90t. It isn’t easy to find a carrier on which Montabert heavy breakers cannot be mounted.
“Montabert products are renowned for their reliability, high production value and low operating costs. They are the Rolls Royce of breakers. You can’t get anything better on the market globally.”