Waterloo, Belgium. In the UK, a new Doosan DX300SLR-5 crawler excavator that was part of a fleet of machines hired from Fraserburgh-based David Smith Contractors Ltd has played a vital role in helping to save the historic Abergeldie Castle from being swept away by dangerous flood waters caused by huge storms hitting Scotland. Set right beside the River Dee, Abergeldie Castle, an A-listed 16th-century tower house, teetered on the brink of collapse when unprecedented heavy rainfall caused the river to burst its banks, sweeping away around 20 m of the banking and leaving the historic building in a precarious position.
The new Stage IV compliant DX140LCR-5 is powered by the Perkins 1204F engine and is DPF-free. New systems and functions have been incorporated to reduce fuel consumption significantly. And the new operator’s cab? It’s one of the largest in the compact radius industry.