Gato Repairs was established by Chad Vadnjal in 1992 servicing the Newcastle and Hunter Valley. In 1998 Gato Repairs became the dealer for Kobelco Construction Machinery for Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Central Coast and mid North Coast of NSW and have now become the longest Kobelco dealer in Australia. With the companies wide range of experience we are able to provide the backup and support our customers need in the industry. Gato Repairs is the leading excavator seller in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley and are specialists in excavator repairs, service and maintenance. In April 2013 Gato Sales and Repairs moved from our previous location to an upgraded facility at Carbine Close Maryland.


To ensure Kobelco Construction Machinery maintains market share in our region and provide our customers the backup and support they need when they need it.
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Our People

Our team of staff is over 15 strong with dedicated factory trained plant mechanics and our own auto electrician and air conditioning mechanic. Our specialist parts interpreter with over 30 years industry experience and almost 10 years’ experience with Kobelco excavators you can trust it will be right the first time. 

We also have two salesmen on the road that can come and see you regarding the purchase of any new machinery, trade machines or with any sales enquiries you may have. Our salesman both has many years’ experience in the earthmoving industry, so they are able to understand your needs in the field.

Chad Vadnjal


Chad is the owner and Managing Director of Gato Repairs, and founded the company in 1992 to service the Newcastle and Hunter Valley. In 1998 Chad acquired the Kobelco Construction Machinery dealership and started selling new machines on top of his existing service work. Since then the company has grown into a business with over 15 employees, a fully equipped workshop, multiple field service vehicles and an in house new and used spare parts department.  

With Chad’s extensive knowledge and experience in the industry and a reputation for being reliable and efficient the business continues to grow.

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Terry Ricketts

Parts Manager
Terry has been with the company for almost 10 years and brings a lot of experience and knowledge of the industry. With over 30 years in the industry Terry worked for 15 years at South Coast Equipment. He then moved on to Newcastle Plant Repairs where he worked for 6 years before coming to Gato Repairs. Terry has worked on almost every machine ranging from scrapers to bulldozers up to the big dump trucks. Throughout his time at Gato Repairs Terry has worked as a fitter out on field service. He then moved into the role of Workshop Foreman, supervising jobs coming in and out of the workshop and managing new machine fit outs. He has also worked as Service Manager where was in charge of purchasing, job management, new machine fit outs, work vehicles and a range of other tasks. Terry is now our Parts Manager and his experience is second to none.

Brad Wynter

Service Manager

Brad started his apprenticeship with Gato Repairs and showed a keen interest and aptitude to learning the trade both practically and theoretically. Since he started Brad has worked on a various range of machinery and has become a specialist on the Kobelco range. Since finishing his apprenticeship Brad has continued his study and taken on an Auto Electrical trade and has now become dual qualified. With his experience, reliability and attention to detail Brad was the obvious choice of progression into the role of service manager. With a strong focus for efficiency and organization the service side of the business runs better than ever.

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