Doosan in action


New Doosan Wheel Loader in Czech Republic

KARE Prague Ltd., part of the Nezvestice-based APB Plzen group, has taken delivery of two new Doosan DL350 wheel loaders supplied by Bobcat CZ, a.s., the Authorised Dealer for both the Doosan and Bobcat brands in the Czech Republic.

Petr Brezina, owner of APB Plzen, said: "We started the company in 1991 with one Avia vehicle and have grown over the last two decades through continuous improvement in services and customer satisfaction, into an economically strong and stable company with five hundred employees and an annual turnover of over two billion Czech Koruna.

“There‘s quite a detailed story behind the order for our first Doosan wheel loaders.  We first came into contact with Bobcat CZ in 2000 and bought new Bobcat 773 skid-steer loaders and attachments from Bobcat CZ in the following year.  These machines performed excellently on difficult projects throughout the Czech Republic and all along we have received the best possible service and technical back-up from Bobcat CZ, including equipment rentals when they have been needed. 

“Working closely with Peter Hejduk, Director of Bobcat CZ, this has meant that we have purchased more and more Bobcat equipment from the company over the years, including further compact wheeled and tracked loaders and Bobcat telescopic handlers.  These orders have led to Bobcat products making up more than 17% of the machinery and vehicle fleet at APB Plzen, which numbers over 400 units.  The APB Plzen fleet is used on construction, demolition, recycling, earthmoving and land reclamation projects.

“As I mentioned earlier, our motto is one of continuous improvement and we expect the same from our suppliers.  So when we released the tender for supply of front articulated loaders with a 3.5 m3 bucket capacity for our subsidiary KARE Prague Ltd., we contacted Bobcat CZ, which had taken on the dealership for Doosan products in 2011."

Ing. Snajdr Paul, CEO of KARE Prague Ltd., takes over the story: "Our company is a leading player in the market for recycled materials and is a popular and reliable partner for many small and large construction companies.  When selecting new machines, cost is not the only issue, the quality and reputation of the machines and their suppliers are paramount and our experience with Bobcat CZ in the past gave us the guarantees we needed.  These were backed by good references for the Doosan machines from users in the Czech Republic and abroad. 

“To help us decide, Bobcat CZ provided a smaller Doosan DL250 wheel loader to test in our operations.  Following the tests, we decided to buy two of the larger Doosan DL350 wheel loaders equipped with heavy duty tyres, central lubrication, weighing equipment and strong ‘Hardox’ buckets ideal for the arduous applications on our sites. 

“These machines have been operating on a single-shift basis and we have carried out an assessment of the economy of their operation, especially fuel and we were pleasantly surprised to confirm the fuel economy figures matched those we were given by the manufacturer.  Overall, we have been delighted with the performance of the new Doosan wheel loaders and the service provided by Bobcat CZ.” 

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