The new DX140W-3 – the first in the UK - is working at the council's waste recycling centre and transfer station at Mavis Valley in Bishopbriggs, north of Glasgow.
Paul Curran, fleet manager for development and regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The new Doosan DX140W-3 excavator meets the required specification for the applications at the Waste and Recycling Centre and replaces a fixed elevated cab machine. In use constantly, the new Doosan excavator offers the durability and reliability required for work at the facility, which is open 361 days a year, from 8 am to 7.30 pm Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 6.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Our purchase decision was also influenced by good references we received and checked out for Doosan machines working at Inverclyde Council and in privately owned businesses in the area.”
The Stage IIIB-compliant DX140W-3 replaces the Stage IIIA model introduced in 2006-2007. It is designed to reduce costs through better controllability and productivity while optimising fuel efficiency.
The new ROPS and OPG certified cab on the DX140W-3 wheeled excavator offers more space for the operator, while a new cab suspension system helps to cut vibration by 20% and reduce the noise in the cab. The cab features as standard a heated air suspension seat designed to reduce operator fatigue.
Curran said: “The improved controls provide advantages for use of the new grab attachment on the Doosan excavator for sorting and compacting materials for recycling. In addition, the elevating cab option provided by Scotia Plant provides our operators with excellent visibility for their work on the high-sided 50 yard containers we use at the Mavis Valley facility.”
Compared to the previous model, workload per hour output on the DX140W-3 excavator has been increased by an average of 5% across the different power modes, whilst lifting capacities are up by 15%.