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Another Komatsu ‘first’ for Wordsworth Excavations

Komatsu D71PXi-24 dozer

Nationwide bulk earthworks contractor receives the first Komatsu D71PXi-24 dozer in the UK

WORDSWORTH Excavations have been embracing Komatsu’s intelligent machine control technology for a number of years now, with a variety of Komatsu intelligent dozers and excavators making up a large percentage of their fleet.

In 2019, the company was the first in Europe to receive a PC360LCi-11 excavator and, most recently, it has taken delivery of the first Komatsu D71PXi-24 dozer in the UK. Supplied by Marubeni-Komatsu, this new 22-tonne machine expands Komatsu’s mid-size dozer range and features a distinctive slant-nose design for superior operator vision.

The newly launched D71-24 is also Komatsu’s largest hydrostatic transmission (HST) dozer, giving businesses the flexibility to move from bulk production to fine finishing with a single machine. This particular model, the PXi version, comes with the manufacturer’s latest intelligent Machine Control 2.0 capabilities, such as lift layer control, tilt steering control and proactive dozing control, which help optimize productivity and efficiency.

‘We first saw the D71PXi-24 at ConExpo in Las Vegas last year and instantly knew it would make a great addition to our fleet,’ said Mark Briggs, director at Wordsworth Excavations. ‘Besides being fitted with machine-control technology, this new size of dozer fills a gap in the market, which led to us place an order at the earliest opportunity.’

Wordsworth Excavations received their new D71PXi-24 in April and have already put it to good use on a project in South Yorkshire, where it is completing a wide variety of tasks, from pushing large quantities of material to fine grading.

‘The D71PXi-24 is a powerful machine that has already proven effective at cutting a variety of different materials,’ said dozer operator Dave. ‘This has enabled me to carry out a wide range of tasks on site without the assistance of any other equipment. It’s also extremely stable compared with other models and the new cab provides me with high levels of comfort.’

By the end of the year Wordsworth Excavations will have a total of three D71PXi-24 bulldozers in their fleet and working on a variety of different projects around the UK.

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