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Rhino Earthmovers

Targeting and Accommodating the mining and civil engineering industries,
using heavy plant and attachments for mid to long term hire contracts.

Rhino Earthmovers has been operating in tandem with Rhino Excavator Hammers due to their synergy in the industry. Rhino Earthmovers started trading to accommodate the influx of specialized earth moving contracts.

Paul Heslop Plant Services although operating as a plant hire business is designed to operate for local short term contracts. Considerable investment would be needed to expand into the mining industry, so Rhino Earthmovers was formed to operate countrywide and in other southern African states.


As mentioned in pages discussing hammers and rippers it was a natural step to utilize Rhino Excavator Hammer’s attachment agencies to accommodate the core business of excavator hire. Paul Heslop Plant Services, the founding business moved forward to a more extensive and diverse industry.
The group’s operators and mechanics having sufficient expertise in the plant hire industry were able to develop their skills into managing more diverse machinery, avoiding the normal problems associated with starting a new business.

Rhino Earthmovers offer hire of an extensive range of excavators and dozers with accompanying attachments. Preferred excavator models are Caterpillar, Hyundai and Hitachi. Rhino Excavator Hammers modify attachments and fitment of brackets to accommodate excavator fitment in the workshop.


Presently, Rhino operations are based in Gauteng and the Lowveld in South Africa. Rhino Excavator Hammers distribute machinery and parts to Botswana, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

Difficulties in operations involving mining compliance can be a somewhat daunting task at times. Rhino’s experience in the industry alleviates many issues contractors experience in this environment.

Attachments sold on or on hire can be complicated in both set up and function. Variations in excavator models require a different set up and operating approach. Rhino’s experience has become a valued commodity both in sales and hire and are backed up through training and service.

Endorsements and Referrals

Good Day to those involved in breaking and moving earth and rock!

We operate in the mining industry, having open cast facilities on the West Rand in South Africa; specifically recovering gold ore from unexposed reef. We have had the pleasure in working with Rhino Earth Movers over the last 3 years. To say they have made us more efficient and environmentally friendly is an understatement.

Our work sites can be in heavily populated township areas, making the use of explosives limited or not an option at all. We operate in areas that make environmental reclamation of land both a necessity and compulsory activity especially once the land is handed back to the developer.

With the advent of Xcentric Ripper technology and Rhino’s expertise in its utilization and support, we have been able to mine efficiently with limited environmental impact.

I have no doubt in many mining situations, the future lies with this technology. Having used other rock breaking equipment and comparing those to the use of rippers, the rippers has become a big game changer in mining and opening up gold bearing reef horizons previously un-economical to mine.

In many instances, this method has also proven to be less expensive than explosives and mining tonnage has increased dramatically. Many redundant mining enterprises will become economically viable again.

I have no hesitation in recommending Rhino Earth Movers in our line of work and I can foresee many other applications suited to this technology.

Eddie Milne – Amatshe Mining (Pty) Ltd
Contact: 074 132 2031 |076 524 1313