Premium choice saves on maintenance costs for Queensland rental business

Specialist equipment rental company Ace Rental prides itself on being at the forefront of grader technology, using the best graders, operated by the best people, which is why owner Mick Sheldon chooses to work with John Deere motor graders and RDO Equipment.

Mick started Ace Rental in late 2003, specialising in wet and dry hire for civil construction, local government and large infrastructure projects across South-East Queensland. Right from the beginning, he knew he wanted to be the leader in the region for equipment hire.

“We want to be the best, which means providing reliable equipment, backed by the support of our team and experienced operators. And with that, we need to have quality machines in our fleet, so there is little downtime for both our operators and customers alike,” Mick says.

Ace Rental - John Deere Motor Grader Premium Circle - RDO Equipment“We purchased our first John Deere grader in 2011, and still have it available for dry hire today. Currently, we have four John Deere motor graders in our fleet, and we recently purchased our first grader through RDO Equipment – a 670GP equipped with Trimble Earthworks.”

Mick says the standout on his new grader has been the Premium Circle feature, an industry-leading option which features a fully sealed bearing and pinion design, reducing maintenance costs and downtime, while also significantly boosting circle torque and speed.

The Premium Circle option replaces wear inserts with a sealed bearing that only requires a few minutes to grease every 500 hours. Additionally, the gearbox oil change intervals have been extended from 2,000 to 4,000 hours, while the pinion and circle teeth are completely sealed from dirt and debris to minimise wear.

“Usually, you need to spend a fair bit of money to adjust, set and then replace the circle on graders, but with Premium Circle it alleviates all the maintenance we would need to do, as it’s fully enclosed and can take on that wear and tear,” Mick says. “We might spend up to $50k extra on each grader over its lifetime maintaining the circle, but Premium Circle reduces that cost significantly for us – it’s a gamechanger.”

Along with the Premium Circle feature, the support and advice from RDO Equipment helped make Mick’s purchase of his new 670GP Grader a success.

“RDO’s product knowledge throughout the whole process was great. They knew what features would benefit my business and kept me updated the whole way through to delivery. Their reps then helped train some of my operators on the machine and made it all an easy, straightforward process.”

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