Alfasi Hire recently added to its fleet, two Sennebogen crawler cranes supplied by Pace Cranes and the latest additions will be supporting the six Maeda mini crawlers already operating in the fleet. Cranes and Lifting explains.
Over the last 40 years, the Alfasi Hire business has evolved to deliver a diversified range of services to the construction, mining, energy and engineering industries in Australia and across the globe.
According to Simon Berridge, Alfasi Hire, Major Projects, the composition of the hire business allows it to best utilise the services and expertise of the various business units to deliver a range of project solutions.
Alfasi Hire operates four branches along the east coast and has equipment on hire in every mainland state and territory. 16 years ago, it established the elevated work platform (EWP) business in Melbourne and since then has expanded its range of products to include cranes, telehandlers, lighting towers and a range of specialist equipment hires throughout Australia.
“In order for us to remain at the forefront of our industry, Alfasi Hire is committed to continual improvement and reinvestment. This goes well beyond simply purchasing the best equipment but includes such things as continual modification of our machines to the latest mine specifications including MDG15 and BMA. This applies across our fleet,” Berridge said.
“As well as continuous improvement of our Quality Assurance, Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental systems, we are investing in the latest technology to provide the most effective and efficient customer service. Similarly, our staff and service teams are constantly undergoing continual training, not only in the latest equipment but also for Occupational Health and Safety and various other training courses,” he said.
Alfasi Hire employs 110 plus personnel across its operations and typically it targets Tier one builders and their subcontractors across the resources, energy and construction and infrastructure sectors. It offers dry hire daily, weekly and monthly, through to long term hire and future purchase agreements.
“Needless to say, our broad range of clients, across a variety of industries, enjoys exceptional 24 hour/seven day service. We only invest in the latest hire equipment and provide additional services such as project solutions, onsite refuelling, training, servicing and licensing. We provide our equipment across Australia (WA, NT and more) on a project driven basis for many of our clients,” through our innovative “project solutions” division were we induct technical and service staff onto the project support our equipment,” Berridge said.
“Starting with a small fleet, originally used for our own construction projects, Alfasi Hire has rapidly grown into a leading industry player in the crane and elevated work platform hire industry. Today, we boast over 3,000 pieces of equipment including elevating work platforms, telehandlers, forklifts, crawler cranes, rough terrain and Franna cranes, all for dry hire,” he said.
According to Berridge, a major point of difference for Alfasi Hire is having one of the industry’s newest fleets featuring the best machines with the highest standard safety features from leading manufacturers, as well as advanced IT solutions offered to clients.
“Now, with over 3,000 pieces in the fleet including ewps, forklifts, telehandlers and various other hire equipment, Alfasi Hire has one of the most comprehensive and modern fleets of this type of equipment in Australia. Our crane fleet has capacities from 5t to 300t and includes Sennebogen, Liebherr, Tadano and Maeda, Manitowoc and Terex along with JLG, Genie, Haulotte EWP’ss with Manitou and JCB telehandlers.
“This fleet is supported by staff, service technicians and branches in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. We have had some very longstanding clients, with some being with us since we started. The continued growth of Alfasi Hire is a result of always trying to improve our offering based on the feedback we receive from our clients and employees,” he said.
Alfasi Hire has been working with Pace Cranes for approximately six years and in that time, it has added six Maeda mini cranes and more recently two Sennebogen 643E cranes to the fleet. The Sennebogen 643E telescopic crane comes as both a mobile version and with a crawler chassis. With a 40t load capacity and the tried-and-tested Full-Power Boom, the telescopic crane now comes with a redesigned cab and engines that comply with Tier 4 emissions standards.
“The Sennbogens are ideally suited for applications in piling, foundation work and for infrastructure projects. They complement the crane models on our fleet including the Maeda models, the LC785M-8 & with 5t capacity, two LC1385M-8B & with 6t capacity and three CC985S-1 with 5t capacity. We find the Maedas suit general construction, road building and façade work,” Berridge said.
“We’ve worked closely with Pace Cranes for the last six years. When it comes to product support and service levels we’ve found them to be very responsive, with good technical back up. The Maedas and Sennebogens have proved to be valued models in our fleet and are popular with our customers,” he said.