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Five Doosans for JPE

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.

Doosan DL450 and DL420 wheel loaders - Contractors_World_UKJPE 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 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 machines and have remarked on how comfortable and smooth they are to drive and the excellent hydraulics on the machines. The 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.”

The 22.3 tonne loader is powered by the 10.8 litre, 6 cylinder turbocharged Cummins QSM11 diesel engine, developing 209 kW (284 HP) of power at 2000 rpm and a maximum torque of 148 kg.m at 1400 rpm, for optimal traction and breakout force in loading-transport-handling applications.

Breakout force is among the highest in its category at 210 kN, an important feature for a machine of this Z kinematic class, which provides a higher stripping force when working in the hardest materials. The DL420 offers fast acceleration and is able to reach 90% of the maximum speed of 38 km/h in 2.3 seconds.

The loader has a static tipping load with bucket of 18.9 tonnes (at maximum reach with a straight frame) and a height at bucket pivot point of 4.35 m. Equipped with a standard bucket tipped forward at 45°, the dump height is 3.08 m and the dump reach is 1.27 m. The turning radius at bucket edge is 6.98 m at the maximum steering angle of 40°.
Working together at the Tamworth operation, are 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, they offer a maximum capacity of 4.5 m³.

Excavators for earthmoving

The new Doosan DX225LC and DX380LC crawler excavators are currently being used for recycling work on a major earthmoving project in the area.

The DX225LC is powered by a 6-cylinder Doosan turbocharged diesel engine providing 110 kW (148 HP) at a maximum governed speed of 1900 RPM; operating weight of 21.5 tonnes and a maximum digging depth of 5.76 m.
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. 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%, which, Doosan claim, are the highest forces of any excavator in this class.

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.

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