Product feature: Drinnan Contractors' Kobelco fleet

Chris Drinnan, founder of Drinnan Contractors, says the SK140LC-11, SK35SR-6, and SK75SR-7 are not just machines; they are the heartbeat of his operations

SK35SR-6 is the latest addition to Drinnan’s fleet. It’s accompanied by a standard warranty covering the full machine for four years or 4000 hours.

In the realm of Kobelco machinery, where every project is a work of power and precision, Chris Drinnan stands as an expert.

The founder of Drinnan Contractors, Chris’ journey into the world of excavators is not just a business venture; it’s a legacy sparked by crossing paths with Kobelco excavators in England and family bonds.


For Chris, the love affair with Kobelco excavators runs deep within his bloodline. With a father who tends the land with a Kobelco on his farm and a brother who wields a digger in agricultural pursuits, it’s no surprise that Chris’ destiny was marked by the rumble of excavators.

His Kobelco journey began amid the bustling construction sites of England during his overseas adventure. Immersed in the civil side of the business, Chris honed his skills operating excavators, laying the foundation for his future endeavours.

It was there that he first encountered the robust presence of Kobelco excavators, which left a lasting impression. Upon returning to New Zealand, Chris was determined to start his own journey with Kobelco excavators.

He resolved to delve into his earthmoving business, starting with a humble fleet procured from earlier agents of Kobelco. Currently, Chris finds himself immersed in the transformative project of a new commercial development in Matakana.

From laying the groundwork to sculpting the landscape, every phase is a testament to his dedication and the versatility of his Kobelco fleet.


Chris says the SK140LC-11, SK35SR-6, and SK75SR-7 are not just machines; they are the heartbeat of his operations. Ideally suited for the varied demands of his projects, the machines help embody efficiency and reliability.

Chris says he finds that power meets precision in perfect harmony in the SK140LC-11 — his preferred machine.

"With every scoop, the machine’s remarkable drawbar pulling force of 141kN showcases its exceptional performance, exceeding industry norms and reinforcing its status as a frontrunner in its category.

The SK140LC-11 has a drawbar pulling force of 141kN

This impressive capability helps guarantee effortless handling of diverse tasks with precision and efficiency, rendering it the ultimate choice for rigorous work settings."

Chris’ experience offers valuable inspiration for those looking at starting a digger business. It highlights the importance of exploring different machines to find the right fit.

Chris says he looks forward to upgrading to a 20-tonne excavator eventually, but for now, he’s proud of his current fleet and how it meets the needs of his projects.

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