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JPE Purchases New Doosan Loaders and Excavators

Wolverhampton-based JPE, one of the leading suppliers of primary, secondary and recycled aggregates, clays and soils in the Midlands region of the UK, has taken delivery of five new Doosan wheel loaders and excavators from Murley Construction, the Doosan dealer for the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire.

JPE has purchased new Doosan DL450 and DL420 wheel loaders and new Doosan DX225LC and DX380LC crawler excavators for use in the company’s recycling and waste handling operations across the Midlands.  

The arrival of the new Doosan equipment is part of the latest phase of development in JPE’s business which has been steadily growing in the areas of aggregates, groundworks and site clearance services over a period of more than 20 years.  Over this time, the company has been involved in many of the leading projects in the Midlands area, including the Black Country Route, Trent Valley Four Tracking Project (TV4), the M6 Toll Road and the M6 hard shoulder strengthening.

Perfect Fit

Steve Birch, Managing Director at JPE, said: “We were very impressed by the 5-machine package offered by Murley and Doosan.  The Doosan range of equipment provides the performance and specifications required for the large majority of the work we carry out and this has been supported by excellent back-up from Murley.” 

Dave Rogers, Operations Manager at JPE, reinforced the point by saying: “Our operators are very pleased with the new Doosan machines and have remarked on how comfortable and smooth they are to drive and the excellent hydraulics on the machines.  The Doosan machines will offer a very good return on investment.”    

The new DL420 wheel loader is being used for loading work at the JPE operation at Tamworth in Warwickshire, where the company runs a washing plant producing a range of fully washed recycled aggregates including sand and 40, 20 and 10 mm gravels from fully sustainable sources.  Steve Birch commented: “With a bucket capacity of 4.0 m3, the DL420 is the perfect machine for this job and offers an excellent combination of high productivity, ease of handling, power, serviceability and durability.” 

Currently working together at the Tamworth operation, JPE has purchased the two new Doosan DL450 wheel loaders for general material handling in the stockyards and lorry loading areas at the company’s Midlands locations.  With 224 kW (301 HP) of power at 1900 rpm provided by the Cummins QSM11 diesel engine and equipped with a large bucket, the DL450 offers a maximum capacity of 4.5 m3.  In addition, the DL450 has a static tipping load with bucket of 19.95 tonne (at maximum reach with a straight frame) and a height at bucket pivot point of 4.52 m.  The turning radius at the bucket edge on the DL450 is 6.85 m.

The new Doosan DX225LC and DX380LC crawler excavators are currently being used for recycling work on a major earthmoving project in the area.  Like the wheel loaders, the new Doosan excavators match the applications at JPE.  The DX225LC offers flexibility, convenience and low operating cost in a compact design with superior digging performance.  Powered by a 6-cylinder Doosan turbocharged diesel engine providing 110 kW (148 HP) at a maximum governed speed of 1900 RPM, the DX225LC has an operating weight of 21.5 tonnes and a maximum digging depth of 5.76 m. 

Extra Versatility

Weighing in at 37.9 tonne, the DX380LC has added extra versatility for JPE with its ability to cover all types of heavier placing, loading and breaking applications.  The long carriage (LC) design, based on the larger DX420LC model, offers exceptional stability and safety in all kinds of operating circumstances, allowing this model to punch a long way above its weight.  The arm and bucket cylinders are sized to provide enhanced excavating force.  Digging force over the bucket is 21.7 tonne, while that over the arm is 17.3 tonne.  Use of power boost increases both forces by about 5%, the highest forces of any excavator in this class.  Thanks to the high engine power and the high swing torque (12,000 kgf.m), the DX380LC can also work efficiently on slopes.

Before purchasing the new excavators, Dave Rogers and his team were guests of Murley Construction at a Heavy Days event held by Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment in the Czech Republic, where they were able to fully examine and try out all the machines from Doosan in realistic conditions. 

Established in 1959, Murley Construction, based at Stourport-on-Severn, has been providing machinery sales and support for over 50 years to the Midlands community.  Representing the full range of Doosan crawler and wheeled excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, heavy duty telescopic handlers and attachments, Murley provides full servicing, repairs, warranty and parts back-up from the company’s modern and well equipped premises, with Doosan-trained technicians and advisors.

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