RJB Civil Engineering Ltd, based at Bacup in Lancashire, has purchased the first Doosan wheeled excavator and trailer combination in the UK from Wigan-based Norwest Plant Ltd, the Authorised Doosan and Bobcat dealer for North-West England and North Wales.
Jonathan Campbell, General Manager of Norwest Plant, said: “We are very proud to be the first to deliver a Doosan Excavator-Trailer combination in the UK and this was down to the hard work of the team at Norwest Plant, comprising Sales Manager, Garry Wheawall; Aftersales Manager, Ciarán Waldron and engineer, Ged Rimmer. We have invested heavily in our aftermarket offering with the appointment of several key new staff in the last two to three years. We firmly believe our customers deserve 5 star aftermarket care and we trust that we can deliver this level of service to them.”
Increased Health and Safety on Site
According to RJB Civil Engineering Ltd, an excavator and trailer set-up of this type increases health and safety on site and provides substantial savings for contractors in terms of reduced personnel, downtime and hire machine costs.
Popular in the Scandinavian market, this is the fourth excavator-trailer combination to be purchased by RJB Civil Engineering and it comprises a new Doosan DX160W-5 Stage IV compliant 16 tonne wheeled excavator and a modified Bigab hook lift trailer. RJB Civil Engineering approached several manufacturers to provide the excavator-trailer system but impressed by their solution, the company chose the team at Norwest Plant and Doosan to provide the perfect machine and trailer combination for its needs.
Acting on the brief from RJB Civil Engineering, the blade on the DX160W-5 was modified to allow the trailer coupling to be mounted, with additional hydraulic circuits and controls in the cab fitted by Norwest Plant to allow for the trailer brakes and trailer tipping.
Robert Banham, Managing Director of RJB Civil Engineering, said: “We have had our faith in Norwest Plant and Doosan duly rewarded with the finished article and together with input from our clients, we have been able to enhance the design compared to the previous units we purchased.
“The excavator-trailer combination increases health and safety by removing the need for banksmen and other personnel on site and with less people, there is less chance for accidents and injuries to happen. By using the trailer to bring materials on to sites which are unloaded by the excavator driver, this removes the need and cost of hiring an additional tractor-trailer combination for this purpose, again increasing safety and productivity and decreasing downtime for the contractor.”
Norwest Plant incorporated an innovative Bluetooth transmitter/receiver system to facilitate the trailer lighting, removing the need for additional wiring. The excavator was also fitted with a Geith quick hitch, rotation piping, vandal guards, hand rails, a seat belt beacon and Chapter 8 conspicuity livery just to name a few of the special features on the system.
Robert Banham added: “The Geith quick hitch system is another important ingredient, again removing site personnel from the process, allowing the excavator driver to quickly interchange between attachments brought on to site in the trailer, without having to leave the cab, an important added safety feature for contractors. I have also been impressed by the increased capability and extra power available on the new Stage IV excavator from Doosan.”
Like all new Doosan Stage IV compliant machines, the DX160W-5 wheeled excavator from Doosan Bobcat EMEA features a distinctive new machine styling scheme marking the many design advances it incorporates, which go well beyond simply meeting Stage IV emission regulations and set a new benchmark for wheeled excavators worldwide.
The new DX160W-5 wheeled excavator provides significantly higher performance in every area than the previous generation Stage IIIB machine, combining enhanced comfort and controllability together with new features to boost fuel efficiency, uptime and return on investment, with a focus on increased power, robustness and agility.
The Complete Service from Norwest Plant
Norwest Plant Ltd is part of the Construction Equipment Division of Northern Ireland-based Ballyvesey Holdings Ltd, a privately-owned, financially strong group with a wide range of trading subsidiaries.
As the Authorised Doosan and Bobcat dealer for North-West England and North Wales, Norwest Plant covers Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside (including the Wirral), Cheshire, Anglesey, North Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.
Norwest Plant customers such as RJB Civil Engineering benefit from the company’s on-site service network, covering everything from emergency repairs to routine maintenance. Norwest Plant’s factory-trained engineers have many years of hands-on experience of repairs and servicing of heavy plant and machinery. All the company’s service vans are fully equipped with workshop tools and extensive parts for on-the-spot service work.
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Picture caption - With the new Doosan Excavator-Trailer combination are (left to right) Ged Rimmer Norwest Plant engineer; Ciarán Waldron, Aftersales Manager and Garry Wheawall, Sales Manager at Norwest Plant