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Sunrise Finds Daylight in Tight Spaces With Hydrema 912C

Fri January 11, 2008 - Northeast Edition
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Sunrise Unlimited, a full service landscape and construction company, recently purchased the Hydrema 912C articulated dump to handle its specific landscaping and construction needs at residential developments.

Hydrema’s 912C Series articulated dump truck is designed with a Multi-Tip configuration, which allows the dump body to swing 90 degrees left and right to unload material, offering the operator maximum flexibility across multiple job sites, especially in congested areas and ideal for Sunrise Unlimited residential projects.

Sunrise is currently working on a residential project, which will consist of 88 homes when completed. To date, Sunrise has cleared the site, stripped and stockpiled thousands of yards of top soil and completed all sewer and storm pipe work that consisted of more than 10,000 linear yd. of pipe.

It also has completed a 3-acre infiltration system and detention basin, which will help with drainage throughout the development.

Sunrise is now focused on the project’s next phase, which is backfilling around the housing unit foundations and starting the initial landscaping by spreading topsoil around the completed homes.

In the past, Sunrise had to use a skid steer, articulated loader, two tandem dump trucks along with extra labor to complete these projects. Since purchasing the Hydrema 912C, it no longer requires two tandem dump trucks, extra labor and extra equipment.

“The 912C is perfect for my specific construction and landscaping projects,” stated Mike Aspinwall, president of Sunrise Unlimited.

“The housing units in this development are very close together. This project requires a piece of equipment that can fit between these houses and that has very low ground pressure. Low ground pressure is important because it reduces the chance of cracking curbing and leaving marks on finished concrete driveways.”

The 912C also has been eliminating a lot of physical labor. Sunrise is using the 90 degree dump body to cover pipe trenches throughout the job.

“We can fill the dump with stone, sand or dirt, turn the dump body about 90 degrees, walk it along the trench and cover up our pipe,” continued Aspinwall. “The 90 degree dump body and narrow frame make it very versatile.”

In early 2007, Aspinwall was developing a 10-year business strategy plan for Sunrise and needed to rearrange his company from labor to equipment to meet the needs of the construction and landscaping markets.

“I looked at my equipment costs, equipment life span and how I could use the equipment for both landscaping and construction applications down the road. I needed a fast, light and versatile piece of equipment that could handle light construction and landscaping projects and at the same time be operator-friendly.”

After researching light articulated dump trucks, Aspinwall met with his local Hydrema dealer, JESCO to discuss the 912C dump tuck.

“I was looking at another brand and the Hydrema 912C. The 90-degree swivel dump sold me.”

Aspinwall made his decision and called JESCO. Within three hours of his call, JESCO had the 912C prepped and in the hands of Aspinwall.

“JESCO’s service is outstanding. Gregg Swartz, my sales rep understands my projects, their deadlines and equipment needs,” said Aspinwall.

The 912C has created two teams for Sunrise, a heavy team, which consists of heavy equipment such as excavators, dozers and articulated dumps for their large dirt work projects and a light team, which consists of the 912C, lighter excavators and dozers for their light construction and landscaping needs.

“This dump truck fits perfectly into my line of work. It’s easy to operate, comfortable and can handle landscaping and small construction applications.”

The 912C is equipped with 7.6-cu.-yd. (5.8 cu m) dump capacity and uses a 4.4-L Perkins diesel engine, rated at 123 hp (91.7 kW), which gives it power for hauling loads over tough terrain.

The 912C’s wide tires enable it to operate in challenging conditions, regardless of whether the terrain is soft, steep or covered by deep snow. The dump truck also is well-suited for use on golf courses, due to its low weight and the geometry of the pivot, which subjects the ground to minimum damage.

The 912C Series dump trucks are made of high tensile steel with all-welded construction providing strength and stability on the job. The wide tipping angle and ground clearance of the body guarantee faster unloading times than traditional dumps.

Formed in 1982, Sunrise Unlimited is a full service landscaping and construction company. Sunrise provides a number of services including land clearing, site work, excavating, trucking, utilities and hydro-seeding.

A/S Hydrema is a modern, international group of companies, which design, manufacture and market high-technology earthmoving equipment. Founded in 1959, Hydrema consists of a broad network of sales and service facilities with subsidiaries in all major western European countries. In Germany, production facilities are situated in Weimar.

For more information on Hydrema, call 404/614-1747 or visit

For information on JESCO, call 800/241-7070 or visit

For more information on Sunrise Unlimited, call 609/965-0403.

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