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Mulholland turns to Komatsu for first dozer

Digger Blogger | 11:05, Thu January 23 2020

Mulholland Contracts is a second-generation family run business founded in West Lothian by Trevor Mulholland in 1974.

With a team of more than 400 people and a fleet of 60 excavators, the company offers the full spectrum of construction works for the house-building sector – from civil engineering and bulk earthmoving to roads and utility services.

In December 2019 Mulholland took delivery of its first bulldozer, a Komatsu D61PXi-24. It had previously been using a hired bulldozer but demand had reached the stage where it was clearly time to buy rather than cross-hire.

Although none of its excavators were Komatsu models, Mulholland approached dealer Marubeni-Komatsu after hearing recommendations that Komatsu bulldozers were the ones to go for. The fact that Marubeni-Komatsu’s sales and support team in Scotland was only half-an-hour away was also a plus.

Marubeni-Komatsu describes the mid-size D61PXi-24, with its super-slant nose design, as “an all-round performer”.

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The dozer is also integrated with Komatsu’s machine control system, allowing it to complete automated operation from heavy dozing to fine grading.

“Our aim is to be innovative leaders in our marketplace, so it made sense to choose the intelligent machine control bulldozer over the standard option,” says finance director Kevin Breen.

The machine has already been put to work on a new housing estate in Midlothian where it has been creating landscape bunds. It will soon be moved to a large housing estate project in Edinburgh where it will be spending the next few years.

“Initial use of the D61PXi-24 bulldozer has shown that our decision to go with Komatsu has been well judged,” moneyman Breen says. “Our experienced operator has also given positive feedback on the machine compared to other manufacturers.”

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