THE latest in heavy earth-moving machinery arrived in Inverell, with council taking delivery of a 23-tonne excavator, set to see benefits for road construction efficiency as well as lower fuel and maintenance costs.
The Caterpillar Next Gen excavator replaces an existing council owned excavator, which has reached the end of its 10-year council life span.
Following an induction with council's road construction crew, the excavator will be heading out to Slurry Gully near Tingha to assist with road construction next week.
"This excavator will be used for works on our larger civil projects as well as road construction, which includes loading our fleet of gravel trucks with road construction materials and also completing jobs on behalf of RMS."
With Inverell Shire having the longest gravel road network in NSW, mayor Paul Harmon says the new crawler excavator is a long term investment in road construction efficiency.
"Council is always looking to improve efficiency and though it's an impressive piece of machinery, it will also result in practical benefits for road users through lower running costs and the latest advancements in technology.
"As with the average piece of farm machinery, manufacturers continue to upgrade heavy machinery to increase the level of precision and productivity for the operator.
"This CAT has what they call excavation guidance technology, which means council engineers can program designs for excavation jobs straight into the machine."