Rob, a Mangawhai based logger, was one of the early adopters among single crew operators to take on the BOA way.
On one of the post setup site visits, BOA hydraulic uptime expert, Albert, asked Rob a few questions about his experience. See below what Rob had to say;
“So, if a machine breaks down and blows a hose, bang; within half an hour you have the machine up and going again. Whereas to call a hose doctor, that’s anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 hour away, if they’re available, your machine can be down for at least 2 hours, so i think downtime is going to be our biggest benefit.” – Rob, Northland Logging Contractor
Why did you go with BOA? I contacted BOA when I heard about their hose & fittings from another logging contractor. They said they were a bit cheaper, so I wanted to see what it was all about.
What was your initial thoughts about the concept? I thought it was too good to be true actually. I thought that there couldn’t be 40-60% savings on the hoses that I’ve been making, because why would anyone be charging me that much?
So, I sent my invoices off to boa and they sent me back the stuff with a whole lot of comparisons, and it was 40-60% cheaper, just on hoses and fittings; let alone crimping, labour, anything like that.
Were we easy to work with? Very easy to work with. Everybody answers the phone when you want to actually talk to them, and easy to get along with.
How did the set up go? Was pretty easy. They came out to the job and we have set up in our container.
Was lack of resource or man power an issue? Not really. I’m starting to train up the machine operators themselves to make hoses. If their machines down, they are spare.
Was space an issue? Not really. We had a small area in the end of our workshop in the container, about 2.4m by 2.6m and we managed to fit everything in there.
Would you recommend this concept to anyone else? Absolutely. We are only pretty new into it, but just down time; saving on down time. So, if a machine breaks down and blows a hose, bang; within half an hour you have the machine up and going again. Whereas to call a hose doctor, that’s anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 hour away, if they’re available, your machine can be down for at least 2 hours, so I think downtime is going to be our biggest benefit.