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Doosan Reliability and Scotia Back-up Key for Scottish Contractor

A&L McCrae Contractors, based in Argyll, Scotland, has taken delivery of a new Doosan DX140LC 14 tonne crawler excavator, purchased from Coatbridge-based Scotia Plant Ltd, the Authorised Doosan and Bobcat Dealer for the central belt of Scotland. This is the fifth Doosan excavator supplied by Scotia Plant to be added to the McCrae fleet.

According to A&L McCrae Contractors, the reliability and high productivity of the Doosan excavators combined with the excellent support provided by Scotia Plant were the key factors in the purchase decision. Regularly working 12 hours a day for 5 to 6 days a week, the dependable performance of the Doosan excavators day in-day out is crucial for the contracts being carried out by A&L McCrae Contractors, especially in the isolated locations in which many of them take place. They include anything from providing new build and maintenance for forestry roads; contract crushing and screening, including blasting, crushing and stockpiling on site; bulk earthmoving; marine works; civil engineering; pier construction; stone wall construction and aggregate supply.

Calum McCrae of A&L McCrae Contractors, said: “All of our operators prefer the Doosan machines because they are the most comfortable, reliable and productive excavators they have used. We work in some very isolated locations in some harsh conditions so the excavators have to be up to the job."

“Wherever we are, Scotia Plant provides excellent back-up – even if we have a problem late in the afternoon, one of their engineers is on site by 7 am the next morning. They also provide modifications to our machines such as cushioned breaker guards to minimise damage from chips from the hard rock we are working on and special joystick switches for the windscreen wipers so that we don’t have to take our hands off the joysticks. They also fit a full LED lighting package, Bluetooth integration and CB radio systems for communication with the dump trucks. These all add together to increase comfort, productivity and safety when operating the Doosan excavators.”

Powered by the Doosan DL06 diesel engine providing 71 kW (95 HP) at a maximum governed speed of 1850 RPM, the DX140LC excavator has a maximum digging depth of 5645 mm, a dump height of 8675 mm and a maximum digging reach of 8300 mm. The 6-cylinder Doosan engine and e-EPOS operating system provide optimum productivity, controllability and fuel economy. Weight balance is optimised to achieve higher lifting capacity and breakout force, while the class-leading ROPS cab offers unbeatable comfort and excellent all-round visibility.

The new DX140LC excavator has joined a number of other Doosan models in the fleet operated by A&L McCrae Contractors. Alistair McCrae added: “We are currently working on a project for forestry roads where a 30 tonne Doosan DX300LC excavator is being used in a nearby quarry for primary breaking of rock and a Doosan DX225LC 20 tonner is being used to load the crushing plant. After crushing, the aggregate is taken to the road site, where the new DX140LC excavator is being used to level and grade the stone.”

A&L McCrae Contractors has been established for over 30 years in the Argyll area. As well as contracting services, the company also owns and operates Barrachander Quarry in Taynuilt, which supplies high quality aggregates, in a wide range of sizes and grades (

Scotia Plant offers a large selection of genuine accessories and parts for both Doosan and Bobcat products. The company carries most essential spare parts and provides a back-up service with rapid delivery for other items. Customers benefit from the company’s on-site service network, covering everything from emergency repairs to routine maintenance. The company’s trained engineers have years of experience of repairs and servicing of heavy plant and machinery and the company’s service vans are fully equipped with workshop tools and parts for on-the-spot service work.

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