A Surrey based dry waste recycling company has recently taken delivery of a Doosan DX160W wheeled excavator for use in a new recycling and materials recovery unit and was chosen for its compact dimensions and low noise levels
J & J Franks, which has been operating a sand quarry at its Betchworth site since the 1950's, has since developed the business into a fully integrated quarrying and waste solutions business under the guidance of Peter Crate who took over the company from his father in 1998.
One of the first tasks undertaken by Mr. Crate was to replace ageing equipment with the best value and quietest excavators and wheeled loaders he could find at the time, resulting in the purchase of a fleet of Doosan machines.
Commenting on his choice of Doosan, Mr. Crate said, “The first machines not only fully met our expectations in terms of performance, noise levels and fuel efficiency but also their residual values have proved to be extremely strong. I have therefore stuck to the brand ever since for both our quarry and waste recycling activities.”
The latest DX160W excavator, supplied by local dealer Promac Solutions of Aldermaston, is currently the fifth Doosan on site and has been equipped with an hydraulic high-rise cab to provide up to 2m of extra height for maximum operating visibility, a rotating sorting grab and a height limiter to enable it to work safely within the new 8 m high recycling building - a height dictated by local green belt building restrictions.
The DX160W is powered by a Doosan 6-cylinder common-rail diesel engine developing 99 kW (132 hp) @ 2000 rpm and weighs approximately 17 tonne in the configuration supplied to J & J Franks.