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New Doosan DL-7 loaders for Mick George

Doosan DL420-7 wheel loaders

Mick George Group take delivery of first new-generation Doosan DL-7 wheel loaders in the UK 

THE Mick George Group, one of the leading suppliers to the construction industry in the East Anglia and East Midlands regions of the UK, have taken delivery of the first new Doosan DL-7 wheel loaders in the UK. As well as four new DL420-7 models, the order includes two DL580-5 and a DL300-5 wheel loader, all now working at quarries within the Mick George Group, with a further new DL320-7 wheel loader arriving imminently.

The new wheel loaders have been supplied by Leicester-based Pioneer Plant Ltd, the new authorized Doosan dealer for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and the PE and NG postcode areas of South Lincolnshire. Providing increased peace of mind for the Mick George Group, the new wheel loaders are backed up by a 6,000-hour service package provided by Pioneer Plant.

The new DL320-7 and DL420-7 loaders are part of the first phase of the DL-7 launch, covering seven new next-generation models featuring redesigned buckets offering up to 7% more capacity for easier and faster loading, with maximum bucket capacities from 2.8 to 6.4 cubic metres.

The story behind the new wheel loader order for the Mick George Group began when Pioneer Plant offered a demonstration of the Doosan DL580-5 wheel loader at the company’s busy limestone quarry at Wakerley in Northamptonshire.

Quarry manager Michael Plant said: ‘In the four days we had the demo machine it proved to be good on fuel, comfortable for the operators and kept up with the crushing plants and loading lorries. We knew from then, that if we were to purchase two DL580-5 models, the company would be able to save on costs in the quarry, replacing the three smaller wheel loaders the company previously used to keep up with the demand.

‘The excellent performance of the demo machine and the fact that all the Doosan wheel loaders could be supplied very quickly and put to work immediately, made it an easy decision to buy the Doosan machines. At the Mick George Group, we are always busy, so we need wheel loaders we can rely on to help keep up with the high demand and reduce the cost of having to hire in.’

All the new wheel loaders are being used for loading and stockpiling duties at quarries in the Mick George Group. As well as the DL580-5s at Wakerley, the DL420-7 wheel loaders have gone into operation at Waterbeach and Mitchell Hill quarries in Cambridgeshire, Ringstead Grange Quarry in Northamptonshire and Crimplesham Quarry in Norfolk. The new DL300-5 wheel loader is working alongside the DL420-7 at Crimplesham.    

Michael Plant added: ‘Since receiving the machines and putting them to work across the Group, all feedback coming from the operators has been positive. They believe they have speeded up the loading times of HGVs, are burning less fuel and the traction the machines put into the ground has stopped wheel spinning, which is going to save us money on tyres by increasing their life span on the machines.’

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