World’s Strongest Man Australian contestant warms up at Wacol

Komatsu employee and Australia's only World's Strongest Man entrant Eben, Le Roux, warmed up for the competition in Los Angeles by towing a Komatsu WA480 wheel loader at his workplace in Wacol, Queensland.

Le Roux towed the six-metre WA480 wheel loader along the Komatsu Wacol branch driveway using a rope tied to the wheel loader. A ladder attached to the ground aided his footing.

The Komatsu WA480 wheel loader weighs in at more than 30 tonnes – a relatively easy assignment considering that he has shifted an 80-tonne truck in the past, but a good way to warm up for the World's Strongest Man competition.

An 11-litre 224-kilowatt diesel engine usually supplies the Komatsu WA480 with power when Le Roux, who works as a fitter at the Wacol remanufacturing facility, is not available for pulling duties.

Komatsu Australia Regional General Manager for Queensland, Dean Gaedtke, said Komatsu was proud of Le Roux’s individual achievements and is keen to offer more support.

“We're glad that Eben can use machinery from his workplace to warm up for the World's Strongest Man competition,” Gaedtke said. “We're wishing him all the best for success in Los Angeles.”

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