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Doosan excavator for Scottish plant hirer

Aberdeenshire-based S & DE Robertson (Insch) Ltd, an expanding business hiring out machinery with operators on construction sites in the north of Scotland, have made a welcome return to the Doosan brand with the purchase of a new Stage IIIB-compliant DX180LC-3 18-tonne crawler excavator from Balgownie Ltd, the local authorized Doosan and Bobcat dealers.

S & DE Robertson previously owned Doosan Solar 140 14-tonne and DX80 8-tonne excavators from 2006 to 2010 and managing director Stuart Robertson is delighted with his return to the Doosan brand with the new DX180LC-3 excavator, which has replaced a 180 backhoe for use on sewerage, drainage and other site works near the company’s headquarters at Insch.

Mr Robertson commented: ‘With the new 18-tonne machine from Doosan, we are getting everything – additional power and digging performance, with a chunkier boom and a very robust undercarriage to handle heavy earthmoving and lifting work on site, whilst it is still compact enough for work on road contracts and housing developments where size can be an issue. 


‘The all-round visibility from the cab is excellent and the DX180LC-3 model has an impressive reach at ground level. On the current sewerage and drainage works, the DX180LC-3 excavator is excelling in lifting the heavy concrete pipes into place for the new waste pipe system. The only thing it doesn’t do is make my supper!’

To meet increasing demand in northern Scotland, Stuart Robertson is looking to expand the hire business and sees a lot of possible work coming from the construction of the new Aberdeen by-pass system. The company is also looking to expand in other busy sectors in the area such as timber haulage and tipper hire.

The DX180LC-3 crawler excavator is powered by the Doosan DL06 turbocharged EGR diesel engine running at 1950 rev/min and delivering 3% more power [91.2kW (SAE J1349)] and 15% more torque (54 kgfm) than the engine in the previous DX180LC Stage IIIA model. The new excavator offers a 5-10% reduction in fuel consumption, depending on the operating mode selected and the work being undertaken. 

The DX180LC-3 excavator has an operating weight of 18,040kg with a standard boom, arm and a 0.70m3 bucket. The bucket breakout force is 13.1-tonne (ISO), while the arm breakout force is 9.3-tonne (ISO). Maximum digging reach is 9.13m at ground level in the standard configuration and the maximum digging depth is 6.11m.


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