All Systems Contractors is a specialist rail signalling construction company based in Braeside, Victoria, and its Vermeer fleet of horizontal directional drills (HDDs) is well-equipped to take on any job.
All Systems Contractors has been operating under father and son team Steve and Russell Shore for nearly 20 years, and it has a full fleet of earthmoving and digging equipment – from trenching machines through to excavators and skid steers.
Three years ago, Steve and Russell decided to branch out and invest in their own drilling equipment, rather than using subcontractors.
“Our subcontractors had generally been using Vermeer equipment, so we were familiar with it and how it ran.
“The machines always looked solid and equipped to handle anything, so we went for it and bought a turn-key D20x22 S3 drill package from them, and haven’t looked back,” said Steve.
Last year, the company also purchased an RTX1250 ride-on trencher, then in September it added a larger D40x55DR S3 Rock Drill to its fleet.
“We’ve had a lot of requests to quote for bigger jobs that needed a bigger drill, so we decided to invest in a D40x55DR S3 drill as well.
“The smaller drill goes out on our regional jobs, where we are usually doing level crossing upgrades and need to bore under the railway and road, around the signals and boom gates. It’s easier to get around and those jobs don’t require as much drilling.
“The larger drill we use with our metro crew, mainly on the Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project. The metro jobs are usually bigger jobs that need a bigger drill,” said Steve.
For Steve, Russell and the All Systems Contractors team, the one thing that stands out about the Vermeer equipment is its usability.
“I don’t get out to site to use the machines as much as I’d like to, but I can see how easy they are to use.
“The technology and computer systems make them easier to operate and know where you’re digging and how deep.
“They are really user friendly, and best of all safe. There is a lot of scrutiny around the work we do, and we have to be precise with our holes and drilling, so they suit our jobs perfectly,” said Steve.
“It’s no secret Vermeer is one of the best when it comes to HDD and drilling equipment.
“We’ve bought three packages from Vermeer Australia in three years, and we’re not going anywhere else.”
For more information visit the Vermeer Australia website.
This article was featured in the June 2021 edition of Trenchless Australasia. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, click here.