Contractors World - International Vol 4 No. 6 - page 5

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Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6
A
n Umbrian contractor has purchased
a new Hitachi Zaxis-5 mini excavator
to work on a prestigious utilities
project in Perugia. BTF (Benedetti, Torricelli,
Fuccelli) ordered the ZX55U-5 from the Italian
Hitachi dealer, SCAI, and immediately set it to
work on the transformation of the Monteluce
hospital after it had been delivered in August
2013.
The former hospital occupies an area of
75,000 m², which is situated close to the his-
toric city centre. While some of the existing
buildings are being preserved and restored,
the remainder of the estate is being demol-
ished to make way for a new 65,000 m²
development.
This will include a diverse range of resi-
dential and student properties, commercial
and office buildings, and health, social and
other services. The refurbishment work will
also see the introduction of an array of new
public spaces, including gardens, squares,
and pedestrian and parking areas. The 70
million Euro project started in 2009 after
the transfer of the hospital’s services to new
facilities and will be completed by 2015.
“The new Hitachi excavator offers us a
high level of versatility thanks to its excellent
hydraulic system,” says one of BTF’s three
owners, Miguel Torricelli. “It is a very good
machine for operating the breaker efficiently
and it digs trenches and loads trucks well,
with the standard bucket. We have also found
it to be precise, reliable and the ECO mode
significantly reduces fuel consumption.”
Operator Riccardo Giglietti has
also been impressed, “The cab is ex-
cellent and very comfortable – I have
ample leg room, which is impressive
for a machine of this size. It’s a typical
Hitachi excavator, so it has a number
of high-tech features and is reliable
of course. I really like the air condi-
tioning and enjoy working with such
a fast and accurate machine.”
Italy
New Hitachi excavator
helps to transform
hospital
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