Two Volvo A40G articulated haulers are the latest addition to Markwell Group’s hire fleet, supplied by CJD Equipment, with the pair now busy on road repair jobs across north Queensland.
“We’ve been buying Volvo machinery since 2006. Back then was an up-and-coming brand on the earthmoving scene and, now, it’s in the top three. Their dump trucks are probably the most popular and well-respected in Australia.”
says Markwell Group managing director Gavin Markwell.
Markwell welcomed two A40G articulated haulers into his hire fleet in May last year, where they’ve been busy proving their worth on subdivision, mining and earthmoving works across Markwell’s vast area of operations. Now in its 43rd year of operation, Queensland’s Markwell Group runs a fleet of over 90 earthmoving machines across its demolition, recycling, crushing and plant hire operations.
“We’re based in Townsville and work throughout north Queensland with a mixture of excavators, dump trucks, graders, skid steers, loaders and crushing plants. We work from north of Brisbane to Weipa and over to Mount Isa in a big arc, as well as some occasional work in Papua New Guinea. We’re working on about 20 sites at the moment – some might have one machine while others have half a dozen. We primarily work all around north Queensland for councils, local government departments and developers and we do a lot in quarries. For example, we’re crushing at Murrumba at the moment, as well as at a gold mine in Georgetown – those are two of the largest jobs we’ve currently got. We’ve also got two crushers working down in NSW.”
explains Gavin Markwell.
One of the largest privately-owned earthmoving, mining, quarrying, crushing and demolition contractors in north Queensland, Markwell Group has been involved with everything from crushing 200,000 tonnes of road base for the Bruce Highway upgrade to demolishing bridges and removing asbestos. As to why he chose the A40G haulers to add to his dry and wet hire fleet, Markwell says they are a great option for hiring out.
“The A40G is easier to move and is therefore better suited to plant hire,” he explains. “We were deciding between the A40G and the A45G and, because a lot of our work is shorter-term work, it’s easier to move these machines around. We decided on the Volvo after moving from another brand because of the lack of parts and lack of support.”