Double excavator purchase helps Aberdeen waste management specialist ramp up expansion plans

ABERDEEN-based EIS Waste Services has snapped up two new Doosan DX180LC-5 18-tonne crawler excavators as the firm ramps up capacity at its Gallowhill waste recycling plant.

Bought from Balgownie, the diggers are the first Doosan machines purchased by EIS Waste Services.

The company handles in excess of 100,000 tonnes of waste materials every year. The new excavators form part of investment at the facility, which includes a new £1 million processing plant, one of three now installed at the Gallowhill site.

With a fleet of over 35 collection vehicles, a container fleet in excess of 4,500 units and 105 full-time employees, EIS Waste Services has grown to become Aberdeen’s largest dry waste collection and recycling provider.

The new Doosan DX180LC-5 excavators have been equipped with raised cabs and hydraulic grabs. Doosan said the raised cabs, rear/side cameras and side mirrors provide ‘excellent visibiity’ for operators to sort and pick through piles of waste, removing large items made of wood, metal, plastic and other materials, before feeding the remaining waste into the processing plants.

Neil Sharp, MD at EIS Waste Services said, “The new DX180LC-5 excavators meet our requirements in terms of the size of machine we prefer, providing the nimbleness and quick hydraulics we need, to move quickly in and around waste piles, initially sorting and picking out materials that cannot be loaded into the processing plants.

“Our excavators need to be very dependable as they work continuously 11 hours per day, clocking up to 3,500 hours a year, so the 5-year/10,000 hour warranty that Balgownie has provided with the machines is a key element for us, showing real confidence in the performance and durability of the Doosan machines.”

The DX180LC-5 is powered by a Perkins 1204F diesel engine providing 97.9 kW of power at 2000 rpm. Features include the ‘Trip Meter Setting’ screen, which allows operators to check fuel consumption directly from the control panel. The Auto Shut-Off provides an automatic shut down for the engine after a pre-set time when the machine has been idling for a specified period. To save fuel, there is a Doosan-developed system, SPC (Smart Power Control), which optimises the balance between the pumps’ output and the diesel engine.