Hitachi and Designer Image – a Queensland structural landscaping specialist – are showing support for research into, and awareness of, breast cancer – with a bright-pink Hitachi ZX17U mini excavator.
Designer Image is a leading southeast Queensland residential landscape construction company which specialises in cutting-edge structural landscaping complemented with soft landscaping services.
Designer Image has had a strong presence in the landscaping scene since 2002, successfully completing thousands of residential projects in both new-build areas and existing suburbs. Services on offer include all aspects of earthworks, retaining walls, fencing, decks, pool restorations and installation of other external features.
Recently Designer Image added a Hitachi ZX17U to its fleet, and while that may not be remarkable, painting the machine pink raised a few eyebrows.
Supporting a friend
Baden Fallon is one of the owners of Designer Image, and he’s keen for everyone to know about the company’s newest excavator.
“It’s all about breast-cancer awareness,” he explained. “Our Hitachi rep has a relative with breast cancer, so it’s close to home.
“We have a few Hitachi diggers in the fleet and we wanted to do something different. We wanted to do some fundraising with the machine to support breast-cancer research, and we plan to have the Hitachi at a charity golf day we have coming up. It’s a really good talking point for the staff on site. When the customers see it they always ask about it, and it gets the conversation going.”
So the bright-pink colour scheme works for Designer Image and Hitachi on several levels.
Hitachi’s compact ZX17U features a round body with wide-opening covers which give direct access to service points for quick maintenance. The operator station is full of easy-to-use controls, a comfortable operator seat, and ergonomically arranged hydraulic pilot control levers provide light, smooth control of the front, blade, swing and travel. A rugged three-pillar canopy effectively protects the operator against tipping and is designed in accordance with the ROPS and OPG standard.
Crawlers can be extended and retracted by control lever – retracted for truck transport and easy access to narrow job sites; extended for surefooted excavation – and the Hitachi flatbottom bucket comes as a standard item.
Designer Image added the new ZX17U this year, and Baden couldn’t be happier.
“It’s Hitachi’s smallest excavator,” explained Baden. “We’ve got four of them now, and this particular model is compact, great for doing tight-access jobs, and it’s towable, so transporting it’s really good.
“We’re big fans of Hitachi at Designer Image,” he told us. “We love the support and we love the brand.”
See all Hitachi’s excavators at hitachicm.com.au.