Product profile: Morooka MST1000VDR

By: Shannon Williams, Photography by: Supplied

The latest Morooka has arrived and is all ready to go, with Magnum Equipment picking up the newest addition to its fleet of rubber track crawler dumpers


The West Auckland-based operator has picked up the new Morooka MST1000VDR and founder and director Liam Field says he’s excited to offer another Morooka to the industry.

The Morooka 1000VDR is the latest addition in Magnum Equipment’s line-up

Established in 1968, the Japanese outfit is known as a pioneer of manufacturing reliable rubber crawler products with HST hydraulic systems. Magnum Equipment was appointed the New Zealand distributors of the popular Japanese machines in 2018.

Liam says interest in the machines has meant Magnum is always looking to import additional models into the country to make sure enough machinery is available when it’s required.

New addition


The brand already has a solid reputation among contractors across New Zealand’s construction industry. Liam says he’s proud to offer the Morooka brand to his customers because he knows they are state-of-the-art.

"We’ve had some great feedback on the machines that are out in the market now. They’re easy to use, they’ve got some really good standard features as well as some extra quality features that make it a lot more comfortable for the operator.

The 1000VDR is going to fit right in with the rest of the fleet—same components, same quality, same reputation," he says. A lot of the time, all the Morookas in the Magnum fleet are out on jobs, which is why Liam is bringing in more machines.

With a range of models now in the country, customer requirements are covered, with Magnum’s fleet covering a capacity of 2.5 to 11 tonnes. The arrival of MST1000VDR again sees Magnum’s Morooka fleet expand.

Filling the mid-range section, the machine has a carrying capacity of 5.5 tonnes, ideal for small- to medium-sized construction jobs. The mid-sized one offers users the perfect combination of payload and performance.

Ideal for urban developments

The 1000VDR accommodates a variety of attachments

The machine’s wide tracks and 360-degree tipping capability means ground disturbance is kept to a minimum and the need for reversing is reduced, which Liam says is ideal for urban projects, as well as providing for a safe working environment as the driver is always facing forward. Morooka products can be used in a variety of applications and are particularly suited to environmentally sensitive areas.

"The wider frames and rubber tracks mean they don’t disturb the ground as much, which is great for when you don’t want to disturb the environment any more than you have to. You don’t have to rip up the ground when tipping the load out," Liam says.

The tracks are able to work across any type of ground, making the Morookas ideal for the upcoming winter season. "Bad weather isn’t going to get in the way of getting the work done," says Liam.

"They’re easy to use in all conditions, so with New Zealand’s weather the way is these days, you’ve got a more reliable piece of equipment that’s going to be able to handle the ground.

"The size of the machine means you can turn into any one place, and the whole frame can turn around and face whatever direction you need it to. It can fit into tighter spaces, which is ideal for busy sites or urban developments."

The new machine offers 360-degree rotation

Apart from the 5.5-tonne maximum payload, other features of the machine include a 360-degree rotation, backing cameras, durable rubber tracks, HST Drive System and an economical hydrostatic transmission, heated and air-conditioned ROPS-certified cabin, video information display, remote mirror, and easy-to-use joystick control.

The rubber tracks offered on Morooka carriers were jointly developed between Bridgestone and Morooka, which combine the characteristics of a tire equipped vehicle, such as speed and a smooth ride while providing the traction of a steel track.


It offers low ground pressure, high-performance movement, and top-of-the-line traction. The hydrostatic transmission allows for economical use of the engine’s full power. All steering manoeuvres can be executed with a pair of simple control levers. The HST system eliminates the need for clutch and gear controls, making the carrier highly manoeuvrable.

Available now

The new Morooka MST1000VDR is ready to go and can be hired out from Magnum Equipment now. The team also has the MST300VDR, which has a 2.5-tonne maximum payload, the MST1500VDR, which has a seven-tonne maximum payload, and the MST 2200VDR with 11-tonne maximum payload available.

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