Orange-Blooded

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Pete Dormer loves Hitachi hydraulic excavators so much he reckons he’s got orange in his blood.

However it’s not just brand new, shiny machines that get the attention of this Canterbury contractor, whose firm Dormer Construction is a high profile drainage and civil construction specialist in the South Island.

His passion also extends to collecting very early machines made by Hitachi. Five years ago, Pete rescued a Hitachi UH12 excavator, which was about to be scrapped by another Canterbury firm. The machine was originally purchased at an international Japanese construction machine expo in 1976, the year after it was made by March Construction. Read more…

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