Dundee contractor sings praises of ‘good all-rounder’ Doosan digger

Darren McIntosh and Dean Muir

A Dundee-based contractor has landed a number of new contracts since snapping up a new Doosan DX140LC-5 14.4 tonne crawler excavator.

DDP Contractors Limited was founded in 2016 by groundworkers Dean Muir and Darren McIntosh. The business offers a full range of civils and hard landscaping services via its commercial, residential and small works division. This includes retail parks, schools, leisure centres, housing developments, hard landscaping and individual driveways.

The DX140LC-5 was bought from Balgownie, the authorised Doosan dealer in the area. Compared to the previous generation machine, Doosan revealed improvements include a 5% increase in engine power and 4% greater torque. Traction has also been boosted with an increase in drawbar pull of about 18%; and front lifting capacity has been increased. The machine is also said to boast 3% less fuel consumption.

Powered by a Perkins 4.5 engine, the machine meets Stage IV emission regulations without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

Darren McIntosh said, “Prior to purchasing the new Doosan excavator, we carried out thorough research including many of the other brands on the market. The people we spoke to were very impressed with the durability and performance of the DX140LC-5 and felt it was the perfect machine for the groundworks contracts we undertake. They also pointed out that the DX140LC-5 offers excellent value for money, especially when backed up by the excellent expertise, back-up service and parts support provided by Balgownie.

“The assessments we received before we purchased the DX140LC-5 have been borne out by the experiences of our operator on the DX140LC-5. He says that it is a good all-rounder, that covers most aspects of civils, with plenty of power for this size of machine. It is also easy to maintain, with the fuel tank and Adblue well placed, with no need to climb on the machine for refills. Inside the cab, he likes the comfortable set-up which includes well-situated controls.”