01 October 2021


XCAV8 Plant Services has been in operation for nearly 10 years, started by business partners Barry Murphy and Brian O’Neill. The pair had worked together with Vermeer Australia prior to starting XCAV8, and knew they wanted to continue to work with the machines and the Vermeer Australia team as they could trust the products to be reliable and productive.

XCAV8’s fleet includes four PD10 pile drivers, two T955 Commander® 3 track trenchers, three T1255III track trenchers, eight T1055III track trenchers, plus a T558III sliding offset track trencher. Their large range of track trenchers makes them Australia’s largest Vermeer track trencher owner.

O’Neill notes that XCAV8 Plant Services provides plant hire and maintenance services to a wide range of industries including water, oil and gas, tunnelling, renewable energy and mining.

“We work on projects large and small, from sub-divisions to pipeline projects, and solar and wind farms right across the country,” said O’Neill. “We supply contractors with a range of Vermeer machines depending on the type of job, sometimes hiring out more than one at a time.”

“We’ve always loved working with the Vermeer machines, they’re durable, reliable and can just get the job done,” explained O’Neill. “And we’ve always had great support from the people at Vermeer Australia. Through ups and downs, we know they always have our back.”

Brian stated that they’re always working with the Vermeer Australia team to see what other machines they may need to add to their fleet, depending on the types of projects in the pipeline.

“The last 12 months, we had a bit of a dropoff with some projects because of COVID-19, but we were still in contact with Vermeer Australia to see what new technology or products they had to offer,” said O’Neill. “We were lucky enough to test drive some machines in that downtime to keep up-to-date on what’s available.”

The Vermeer T1055III track trencher makes up a large part of XCAV8’s plant hire fleet. The T1055III track trencher is ideal for pipeline projects requiring high horsepower and deep digging depths.

The rotary power trencher drive motor and splined headshaft is low-speed and high torque, which performs rock excavation effectively with minimal chain wear and efficient ground penetration for optimal production results. Operators can also adjust their trench depths using an optional sectionalized trencher boom.

The elevated rollover protective module (ROPM) cab comes with filtered and pressurized air, heating and air conditioning. The elevation of the cab gives it a great vantage point and allows a view of the boom, trench and conveyor. The machine as a whole is rugged, robust and is built and proven for 30 years in Australia’s tough trenching conditions.

The T1055III is also available with an optional wireless remote control that can provide full operator function remotely.

To find out more about the T1055III track trencher, contact your local dealer today.

This article contains third-party observations, advice or experiences that do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Vermeer Corporation, its affiliates or its dealers. Testimonials and/or endorsements by customers in specific circumstances may not be representative of normal circumstances experienced by all customers.

Vermeer Corporation reserves the right to make changes in engineering, design and specifications; add improvements; or discontinue manufacturing at any time without notice or obligation. Equipment shown is for illustrative purposes only and may display optional accessories or components specific to their global region. Please contact your local Vermeer dealer for more information on machine specifications and attachments.

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