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Tayside Contracts buys its first Doosan machines

22 Apr Tayside Contracts has bought its first new Doosan wheeled loader and excavator as part of a fleet of machines used in quarrying, recycling and construction.

Tayside Contracts' new Doosan DL350-5 wheeled loader
Tayside Contracts' new Doosan DL350-5 wheeled loader

The new Doosan DL350-5 wheeled loader and DX255LC-5 crawler excavator were purchased from local authorised Doosan dealer Balgownie.

Tayside Contracts is a local authority contracting organisation serving as the commercial trading arm of the councils of Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross. Its construction division employs over 400 people and has a turnover of more than £34m.

Bob Ritchie, transport services manager for Tayside Contracts, said: “After a competitive tendering process, the new Doosan machines came out best and this has been reflected in how well they have performed since they arrived. The back-up and support from Balgownie has been first class as well - we have one of Balgownie’s service engineers based right on our doorstep, which is a fantastic aspect for us. All our operators are very happy with the new Doosan machines.”          

The new Doosan machines will be working mainly in its two quarries - Boysack Quarry near Friockheim in Angus and Collace Quarry in Perthshire. Boysack Quarry produces Type 1 materials which are used internally and are also available for sale to external customers. Much of the product from Boysack Quarry is destined for Collace Quarry, which manufactures a range of asphalt mixes.

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The Doosan machines can be moved around the various facilities run by the organisation, including both the quarries and the four recycling centres located in Arbroath, Forfar, Dundee and Collace. A key objective of the Construction Division is to maximise the use of recycled material and minimise waste to landfill. As a result, all the recycling centres accept construction waste to produce a recycled sub base and a recycled crusher run for further use.

With a bucket capacity of 3.5m3, the Doosan DL350-5 wheeled loader is intended to meet a range of material-handling needs from loading and transporting granular material (such as sand and gravel) to industrial and quarrying applications. The DL350-5 at Tayside Contracts has a five-speed ZF transmission with lock-up and a hydraulic differential-lock front axle designed for low fuel consumption and good productivity in all conditions.

The Doosan DX255LC­5 excavator’s overall dimensions are similar to the previous DX255LC­3 model but the new machine combines greater power with a 500kg increase in operating weight. This results in up to 17% more lifting capacity over both the front and side and a 1dBA reduction in sound levels.

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