CaptionSandy Eneguess calls his R60CR-9 mini-excavator the most versatile machine he’s owned.
Sandy Eneguess of Sandy Eneguess Tractor Service LLC knows two things very well: construction and skiing. So when he was given the opportunity to renovate the community ski area at Proctor Academy, an Andover, N.H., boarding school, he jumped at the chance.
The Peterborough, N.H., native has owned and operated a contracting business specializing in recreation facility and residential construction since 1977. On the side, he serves as the Proctor Academy head women’s ski coach. With an extensive amount of knowledge and experience in both fields, along with the assistance of two Hyundai excavators, he knew he could get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Beginning in the fall of 2012, Eneguess began work on the project. His main task was to transform one of the school’s existing ski slopes into an International Ski Federation (FIS) homologated men’s and women’s ski racing hill in order to host high-caliber races. In the first step of the renovation, Eneguess relied on his Hyundai R210LC-9 excavator to widen the old trail to the 120 ft. (36.5 m) required by the FIS. Working on such a steep slope, Eneguess had to use extreme caution and build ledges into the hill, giving the excavator a flat surface to work on. He then utilized the machine’s bucket to clear away multiple feet of trees, brush and rocks on both sides, down the entire length of the trail. Once widened to the proper size, Eneguess used the R210LC-9’s bucket to contour the slope into a smooth flowing ski trail with natural turns and rolls.
“Clearing heavy material on a steep slope would have been a difficult task for any machine,” said Eneguess, owner and operator of Sandy Eneguess Tractor Service LLC. “But the R210LC-9 Hyundai excavator delivered an enormous amount of power and handled the conditions well.”
Enabling Eneguess’s safe and efficient operation, Hyundai’s R210LC-9 features a 143 hp (106.6 kW), Tier III, 6-cylinder, turbo-charged Cummins QSB6.7 engine built for maximum power, reliability and performance. The machine has an operating weight of 50,520 lbs. (22,915 kg), a maximum digging depth of 22 ft. 1 in. (6.7 m) and a bucket breakout force of 29,320 lbs.
In the next phase of the trail building process, Eneguess solely utilized his Hyundai R60CR-9 mini-excavator. Once the trail had been widened with the larger excavator, Eneguess turned to his smaller, more compact machine to re-contour the trail. The machine’s light weight combined with its hydraulic tilt grade bucket made it the ideal fit for the job, delivering minimal damage to the trail while maneuvering delicately down the slope, contouring it in the process.
Once the ski trail met the appropriate standards, Eneguess was responsible for installing the lighting. For this task, Eneguess again used his R60CR-9 mini-excavator. Starting from the bottom and working his way up, Eneguess excavated 4 to 6 ft. (1.2 to 1.8 m) deep holes for each of the 27 electrical poles needed to light the trail. Each pole was set and stabilized in the ground while Eneguess installed the cable. Once complete, the Hyundai machine was used to back fill each area.
With the trail built and ready for the coming winter’s race season, the only task Eneguess had remaining was on-going maintenance. Throughout the fall, Eneguess used his Hyundai R60CR-9 mini-excavator, custom fit with a mower attachment, to trim the vegetation along the sides of the trail, keeping the trail clear and ready for snowfall.
“We work in many more applications than the average contractor so our equipment must be adaptable,” said Eneguess. “Having the R60CR-9 mini-excavator has been a huge advantage; it is easily one of the most versatile machines I’ve owned.”
Providing Eneguess with compact size, yet substantial power, Hyundai’s R60CR-9 mini-excavator is equipped with a 55.2 hp (41 kW), fuel efficient, Tier IV certified, Yanmar 4TNV98 engine. The machine has an operating weight of 12,790 lbs. (5,801 kg), a maximum digging depth of 11 ft. 9 in. (3.6 m) and a bucket breakout force of 9,190 lbs.
Having used the two Hyundai machines for multiple tasks throughout the project, Eneguess has become quite impressed with the features Hyundai has to offer. According to Eneguess, the machines not only provide optimum power and performance for the majority of his work, but also an array of features making operation efficient and comfortable. Both excavators are ergonomically designed with spacious cabs, large windows and excellent visibility, having an ideal configuration of control devices, all of which Eneguess finds to be sufficiently more practical than many of his previous machines.
While features and productivity are important to Eneguess, machine uptime has always been his highest priority. To help keep his Hyundai excavators up and running, Eneguess relies heavily on his Hyundai salesman, Flip Henry of Chappell Tractor in Milford and Brentwood, N.H. A long time customer, since the 70’s, Eneguess is friendly with Henry and the entire staff at Chappell Tractor and trusts them to provide prompt service and parts availability whenever the need arises.
“If one of my machines break, needs a new part or just some regular maintenance, Flip will show up on my job site with a loaner machine ready for me to use in the interim,” said Eneguess. “Having a great relationship with such a reliable dealership has been an asset to my business.”
According to Eneguess, he is already eyeing up his next Hyundai equipment purchase and with the assistance of Flip Henry and Chappell Tractor, he is certain it will be another successful addition.
Sandy Eneguess Tractor Service LLC is a full-service construction company providing a wide range of services from building ski trails and horse farms to home landscaping and septic system installation. Eneguess’s diverse area of expertise has been key to the company’s success for more than 36 years.
For more information on Sandy Eneguess Tractor Service LLC, call 603/491-4954.
For more information on Chappell Tractor, call 800/698-2640 or visit www.chappelltractor.com.