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New loader for Bridgwater quarry

13 Dec 12 The UK’s first Doosan DL420-3 Stage IIIB wheel loader has begun work at Castle Hill Quarry in Somerset.

The Doosan DL420-3
The Doosan DL420-3

The quarry, in Cannington near Bridgwater, purchased the machine from local dealer Kellands (Plant Sales).

With a bucket capacity of 4.2m3, the DL420-3 is designed to meet a range of material-handling needs from loading and transporting granular material (such as sand and gravel) to industrial, mining and quarrying applications.

Castle Hill Quarry managing director Stephen Ford said: “Since we purchased our first Daewoo 180LC excavator in 1991 and subsequent to the takeover by Doosan in 2005, the machines have come a long way. The main things that have impressed me about the latest Doosan Stage IIIB wheel loader are its power and fuel efficiency, which are big factors in the current climate.  The reliability and ease of maintenance of the DL420-3 model when combined with the parts and service back up available from Kellands, provides us with an ideal all round package.”

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The Doosan DL420-3 wheel loader is powered by the 13-litre Scania DC13 SCR 6-cylinder diesel engine delivering a maximum power output of 264kW at 1800rpm. 

Machine operator Tasha Giblet said:  “Even though it has three different power levels - Eco, Normal and Power - I generally only use the DL420-3 wheel loader in the Eco mode because of the power it already offers, moving up to the Normal mode only for jobs such as digging into the heap.  This obviously helps to keep fuel consumption to a minimum and it takes me noticeably less time to top up the tank at the end of every day.”

She added: “Like the DL400, I like the joystick controls on the DL420-3 together with the all-round visibility and the operator comfort.  The new machine also has excellent controllability which is very obvious when I’m levelling with the bucket.”             

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