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Arrow-white When Bigger Isn't Always Better with D.K Smith Excavations


Nov 14, 2019

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4 mins read

Picking up his first All in One Bucket at the 2018 Big Boys Toys Daniel, owner of DK Smith Excavations hasn't looked back on purchasing Attach2's latest innovation.

He's just added another 1.7 tonne Hitachi to the business, expertly plumbed up with an A2 Heli-Tilt Quick Coupler, with additional auxiliaries to run the A2 All in One Bucket.


A highly skilled operator, Daniel has proven his metal, placing first two years running at the Mimico Excavator Competitions, running in association with Deals and Wheels.

Passionate about anything Digger and Drift related, Daniel's wide range of interests have helped him refine his skills to complete jobs that most would decline or would not be able to complete without double the equipment.

Heli-Tilt quick Coupler and Attach2 All in One Bucket

Making his name in the tight urban access environment of Auckland's sprawling suburbia, it's not uncommon to see Daniel with his 1.7 underneath houses, re-piling and fixing foundations. And this is where his passion and ability with mini's shines — Proving that bigger isn't always better.

"I think they're hugely underestimated in the industry of what they're capable of, and some of the spaces that they can get in and out of."

"They're highly productive, especially if you have the right person pulling the levers. They cost almost nothing on fuel, and the workload you can do with them, when you do get into those tight spots under houses, through someones back gate into their lawn is just awesome."

"We try and be as efficient as we can, so when we bought the second, the new ZX17-5 it wasn't really an option for me to not put the A2 Heli-Tilt on it, it goes 90° each way.. and with all the extra plumbing on it we can run the [All in One Bucket] on it simultaneously."

"I'm really happy with A2 Heli-Tilt package, the service has been great, and I can't wait to put to the test on the upcoming jobs we've got for it."

Hitachi ZX17 with A2 Heli-Tilt and Wide Bucket


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Simon joined the Attach2 team in 2018 and is well known for pointing a big camera around in addition to typing, lots of typing. He has a varied background in construction and management and is passionate about using his experiences to see businesses succeed through excellent visual and text-based communications. And yes Simon wrote this in 3rd person about himself."

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