Being able to meet the needs of customers in the rental industry is generally a testament to the quality and robustness of equipment. Devin van Zyl, CEO of Lambson’s Hire, says that while the hire sector is often driven by cost, machinery still needs to perform reliably even under the most demanding conditions.
Electric start Masalta rollers are not new to the Lambson’s Hire compaction equipment fleet, and based on the successful performance of these machines in the past the decision was made to purchase eight additional Masalta MDR 65 walk-behind rollers from local distributor, Mayday Equipment. Nina Mason, managing director of Mayday Equipment, says Lambson’s Hire has an extensive compaction fleet and that the rental company favours Masalta walk-behind machines says a lot about the machines’ reliability and low operating costs.
The Masalta MDR 65 unit is compact in design making it suitable for use in areas where space constraints are a consideration. The generous side and curb clearance allows for a close approach to curb walls and other obstacles, while the dual smooth drums have beveled edges which eliminate marks on ground and asphalt.
Offering good manoeuvrability and a proven hydraulic system, the unit is powered by the well respected and low maintenance Hatz diesel engine. The walk-behind roller is fitted with an ergonomically designed handle lever which incorporates a deadman control offering safe operation and protection. The position of the handle/lever facilitates an easy change in speed or compaction vibration, and anti-vibration controls reduce operator fatigue and ensure that the operator is not exposed to excessive hand arm vibration. The machine is also equipped with a mechanical parking brake.