Desmond Equipment SA (Dezzi) pulled out all the stops at the successful launch of the new Dezzi CMI 883 backhoe loader, which took place at the company’s head office and factory in Port Shepstone. About 150 customers attended the launch, some travelling at least three hours to view the new machine.
The Desmond Group of companies has been in business since 1974, and particularly in manufacturing for over 22 years. ‘During the last eight to ten years, we refer to as the transition phase, the next generation has learned the ropes from working in the stores, parts departments, basically every aspect of the day-to-day operations of the company and, myself, brothers Shane and Jade, have all been appointed as directors of the company.’
Founders of the Dezzi Group husband and wife team Louise and Desmond Gutzeit, which have through their 43 years of business, established a loyal customer base for the company, are still involved. ‘’Desmond is a phone call away if we need his advice and Louise is at the office on a daily basis,’ says Carl Gutzeit. Desmond has, through his sport of racing motorcars, built a new race track next to the factory- which now forms part of the Desmond Group of Companies. This is a great attraction for customers that come and view machines or attend launches. Customers attending the launch grabbed the opportunity to go drifting or racing around the track with the Gutzeits.
SA manufactured products
The company manufactures:
- Dezzi wheel loaders
- Low profile loaders for container loading and chicken farmers
- ADTs (20t and 30t) • Tractors (for the timber and farming industry)
- Sugar cane loaders
- The smallest, but extremely productive 7,5t motor grader
- Timber loaders
- Rear tip timber trailers
- Water tankers
The Dezzi CMI 883 backhoe loader is the first machine that is not manufactured on South African soil, but is imported from Turkey. “We met Cukurova Machine Industry (CMI) at Bauma a few years ago, and through careful planning, consulting with our customers and doing our own research, decided that offering a backhoe loader to our customers will complete a greater package for them to choose from.
‘The joint venture we have established with CMI is well suited because of Dezzi’s engineering and manufacturing capability; we are the perfect South African dealer partner for them providing a platform for this product into the market,’ states Carl Gutzeit.
The Dezzi CMI will be sold and distributed in South Africa by Dezzi and aftermarket service and parts availability will be backed by its national service network with branches and dealers in:
- Port Shepstone
- Cape Town
- North West
Customers like the new backhoe loader because of the ZF rear and front axle. The Tier II Perkins engine complemented by the ZF transmissions, offers four forward gears and four reverse gears with a maximum travelling speed of 40km/h. The Perkins engine offers 74,5kW at 2 200rpm.
Front axles offer ease of operation with a hydrostatic steering system even under high load conditions. Limited slip differential, 16-degree total oscillation on the front axle and 52-degree steering angle for great manoeuvrability. The rear axles offer high input torque with planetary design as well as Electro hydraulic operated differential 100% locking acts on rear axle and self-adjusting high torque internal wet multi disc service brakes.
Mechanical levers control the backhoe boom, arm and loader. The Dezzi CMI backhoe loader can be customised according to customers’ needs with the options of a hydraulic joystick for loader control. Four models ranging from basic to the most sophisticated backhoe loader is available. They are differentiated by a crab steering system, transmission type, hydraulic joystick control, and tyre sizes to mention a few options.
The backhoe loader is fitted with a ROPS/FOPS cab, which provides excellent visibility and reliability. (During a mini test drive, I have to confess, this is the most spacious cab I have ever seen for a backhoe loader, there is plenty of room for the operator to move, which offers excellent visibility whilst working either the backhoe or the front loader). Another plus is the cab can be entered from either the left or right side, with doors opening wide for easy access.
Weighing in at 7 800kg – 8 750kg and fitted standard with a 1,1 cubic metre bucket, the customers that attended say this is a very robust machine that will definitely add productivity to their sites. Robotic welding at the CMI’s factory offers a steady machine, which working in the most arduous conditions won’t crack the arm or boom.
Proof of the Dezzi CMI backhoe loader’s reputation is that the first two machines were sold, before the launch. One to Jed Van Niekerk from Jedidiah Farming in Kokstad and the other to Kameel van der Linde from Pelatona Projects. ‘We have another six units docking soon and one of these have already been sold to Piet Bodenstein owner at Margate Construction. This is being backed by a huge range of spare parts that we are stocking at the factory,’ concludes Carl Gutzeit.
Proven to be a winner
Desmond Equipment SA also launched its new forestry tractor on the day. According to Carl Gutzeit the tractor was researched and developed over two years and was made available to the industry this year; the Dezzi H80TF 4 x 4 has proven to be a winner and 22 units have already been sold during the first quarter of 2017. At the launch customers had the opportunity to look at the upgraded 7,5t motor grader, still the smallest grader manufactured in South Africa.