Crushing compaction with MH Earthmoving

The Tana H-series’ cabin-forward design allows for consistent visibility to the compactor’s blade.

Martin Hay and the MH Earthmoving team beat the drum for the Tana H380 landfill compactor.

Martin Hay has found his niche in the waste management business. Operating out of Gundagai – a regional New South Wales town halfway between Canberra and Wagga Wagga – his business MH Earthmoving Pty Ltd specialises in managing C&D (construction and demolition) waste.

“We run a skip bin business for recycled material from the construction industry, and manage a landfill cell for its disposal,” Martin says.

“It’s all material that’s already been recycled before and has reached its end-of-life.”

Given the pace at which much of the waste streams change and evolve, Martin says he’s happy to be working in a relatively stable and predictable part of the sector.

This meant when it came time to purchase a new landfill compactor for the business, he had a clear idea of what he needed.

After trialling a few different machines, he chose the Tana H380, a 38-tonne compactor which was delivered by Australian Tana distributor GCM Enviro in December 2022.

For the size of the landfill cell he was managing, Martin knew he didn’t need to go overboard on the size of the machine – but toughness was non-negotiable.

“I was looking for a stronger machine, because we’re compacting pretty robust stuff,” he says. “It’s all non-putrescible, meaning there’s no food or organic waste – it’s just purely C&D.

“What sold me on the Tana compactors is their full-width drums, as opposed to big wheels that leave a gap in the middle. From the trials we ran, we found the Tana gave us about 35 per cent better compaction – and that’s a big difference.”

Full-width drums are designed for maximum coverage and fewer compaction passes.
Full-width drums are designed for maximum coverage and fewer compaction passes.

This full-width drum concept is central to the design of Tana landfill compactors – a defining feature since the company entered the waste management space with its first compactor more than 50 years ago.

Designed to maximise coverage and eliminate waste extrusion, it helps save on fuel burn and operator hours.

“We don’t have to do as many passes to achieve the level of compaction we need,” Martin says.

“This also helps with the fuel economy of the machine – it’s probably 15 per cent better compared to other compactors I’ve used. With the price of fuel these days, that’s a pretty important factor.”

Fuel economy is also aided by a Cummins Tier 3 engine (or Tier 4 final on the H380eco model), as well as Tana’s ProTrack information management system, which can provide detailed fuel consumption and operational reports with the optional ProTrack reports feature.

Robust comfort

With the full weight of the compactor distributed across two drums on a rigid, non-oscillating frame, Tana compactors are designed to deliver an even spread of waste. A low centre of gravity ensures the machine can maintain stability – even on a 50-degree slope.

“That stability was a big part of the decision to go with the Tana too,” Martin says. “We’ve had it on some pretty weird angles, and it’s never been an issue. It’s very stable.”

Martin says the peace of mind this provides is just one part of what makes the Tana H380 so popular with his operators.

“The operators love the machine,” he says. “They really can’t fault it, to be honest.

“The controls and the visibility from the cabin are second to none. Basically, the only place you can’t see is through the floor.”

The H-series’ cabin-forward design also enables consistent visibility to the blade, and its pressurised, heat, and sound-insulated cabin is also critical – especially given the nature of the C&D waste MH Earthmoving deals with.

Martin says among the most crucial factors in his operation, though, is the consistency and reliability of his machinery.

“That’s very important in this industry,” he says. “Especially with a compactor that’s running 85 to 90 per cent of a working day.

The Tana H380 in action
The Tana H380 in action

“If your compactor’s down, compaction levels can get away from you – and it’s critical that we’re keeping any airspace in these landfill cells to a minimum.”

Martin says GCM’s support has given him the confidence that his business is in good hands. The Tana H380 purchase was his first experience dealing with the supplier, but he expects it won’t be the last.

“Whatever I’m buying, I’ve always really valued after-sale service,” he says. “And GCM has really impressed me.”

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