A Doosan DX27z zero tailswing mini excavator is proving to be the ideal tool for loading waste cardboard and polypropolene bags into a baler. In fact, it is so successful at performing the job that its owners are now considering the purchase of a larger baler in order to maximise weekly throughput.
The family owned Shorts Group of Ascot has over 50 years experience of operating a variety of related businesses ranging from plant and skip hire to waste management and demolition.
As part of its green waste recycling operation, the company also handles large quantities of cardboard and polypropolene containers sourced from farms within an approximate 50 mile radius, as well as pesticide cans and even spent shotgun cartridges and much of this material is fed into a baler by the Doosan excavator, producing 500 kg bales at a rate of four per hour.
The zero tailswing DX27z, supplied by local dealer Promac Solutions of Aldermaston, was chosen for the loading operation because of its ability to work safely in a very confined area plus very favourable experience with Doosan excavators and wheeled loaders working in other parts of the Group.
According to composting manager Gavin Bartlett, “Compared with most other machines, we find Doosan equipment has a better specification, is better value for money and has better resale values, and on the rare occasions we have a problem, the dealer sorts it out immediately - in fact nothing is too much trouble for them.”
For this application the DX27z has been equipped with a Kinshofer rotating selector grab with maintence-free HPX drive which features internal gear drive rather than exposed rams and links which would tend to snag the material being handled.
Doosan's DX27z, which weighs in at 2.695 tonne, is powered by a Yanmar diesel engine developing 15.8 kW (21.2 hp) @ 2200 rpm and has a maximum digging depth and reach of 2775 mm and 4505 mm respectively.