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Demolition firm's new Doosan proves to be frugal with the fuel

Digger Blogger | 15:46, Wed November 13 2013

Gloucester-based demolition contractor BB Enterprises has put its new Doosan DX140LC-3 excavator through its first couple of tests and found that it can work three days on a single tank of fuel.

This is the new Stage IIIB compliant 14-tonner from the Korean manufacturer.

On its first project, the new DX140LC-3 made short work of a demolition contract in Cheltenham (pictured above), working carefully between two Grade II listed buildings to take down a former office building.  The machine was then moved to Bristol (pictured below), where it helped to demolish an extension on a former care home in collaboration with BB’s smaller Doosan Solar 75V 7.5-tonne excavator.

Dick Bishop, who runs BB Enterprises with his brother Steve, said: “We have purchased the new Doosan DX140LC-3 excavator to do the primary demolition and loading work. It’s a great machine for the heavier work and provides a nice complement to the Doosan Solar machine we’ve had for four or five years, which is small enough to get into really tight areas and with its grapple, is brilliant for sorting the demolition debris for recycling on site as we try to resell or reuse 98-99% of the materials from our demolition contracts.”

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He adds: “The fuel economy on the DX140LC-3 excavator is fantastic – we can work a full three days on just one tank of fuel. The new ECO gauge on the control panel provides real time monitoring of fuel rate and actual engine percent load, with four working modes and four power modes, but the efficient conversion of engine output into hydraulic performance means we haven’t needed to take the machine out of the standard economy mode, providing further savings on fuel.”

BB’s new machine is based on the standard 2.5m-width undercarriage and monobloc front-working equipment, but has been purchased with the optional dozer blade.  The dozer forward design, large working angle and reinforced components ensure optimum stability when lifting or while working on sloped terrain.

Dick adds: “The dozer blade is very good for added stability when you are working at maximum heights on buildings and on slopes.  We generally bring the blade down at the end of the work as it allows you to clean right up to the machine, speeding up the process of removing hard core into lorries taking it away from site.”




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