E A Grey Civil Engineering Solutions Limited, based at St Austell in Cornwall, has purchased the company’s first two Doosan crawler excavators from Kellands (Plant Sales) Ltd, based at Bridgwater in Somerset, the authorised dealer for the Doosan Heavy range in the whole of South West England. With another depot in Camelford in Cornwall, Kellands is responsible for sales and service of Doosan Heavy equipment throughout the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and Gloucestershire.
The new Doosan DX140LC and DX225LC excavators are the first medium sized excavators to be purchased by E A Grey, which owns a number of smaller excavators and previously hired in bigger machines of this type.
Tom Grey, Company Owner and Managing Director of E A Grey, said: "As part of thorough research into what was available on the market, I heard very good reports from both owners and operators of Doosan excavators in fellow companies in the South West, who spoke about the high performance of the machines, especially the fuel efficiency, high breakout forces, comfort and reliability, supported by the excellent back-up provided by Kellands as the local dealer for the area.
"I also know Derek Phillips very well and he is now the Doosan sales representative for Devon and Cornwall. Before we purchased the new Doosan excavators, we visited the Kellands headquarters at Bridgwater with Derek, where we were able to try out the machines and experience the service offered by Kellands for ourselves. The performance of the new excavators since they have arrived has more than exceeded all the high expectations we had when we made the purchases."
The Doosan DX140LC and DX225LC crawler excavators are ideal for a wide range of excavation and general construction applications. The 6-cylinder Doosan engine and e-EPOS operating system provide optimum productivity, controllability and fuel economy. Weight balance is optimised to achieve higher lifting capacities and breakout forces, while the class-leading ROPS cab offers unbeatable comfort and excellent all-round visibility.
Powered by the Doosan DL06 diesel engine providing 71 kW (95 HP) at a maximum governed speed of 1850 RPM, the DX140LC model has a maximum digging depth of 5645 mm, a dump height of 8675 mm and a maximum digging reach of 8300 mm. Bucket breakout force is 109 kN and the arm breakout force is 64 kN. The DX225LC excavator is also driven by the DL06 diesel engine providing 110 kW (148 HP) of power at 1900 RPM. The bucket breakout force is 149 kN while the arm breakout force is 105 kN. Maximum digging reach is 9730 mm at ground level and maximum digging depth is 6620 mm. The dump height is 6990 mm.
The new Doosan DX140LC and DX225LC excavators are both working on the Carland Cross Windfarm project near Newquay in Cornwall, where E A Grey is working on behalf of Balfour Beatty for ScottishPower Renewables as client.
Carland Cross was one of the first windfarms installed in the UK and it has been operating successfully since its completion in 1992. The windfarm is now approaching the end of its operational lifespan and in January 2010, ScottishPower Renewables was granted permission to repower the site, resulting in the replacement of the existing 15 wind turbines with ten new ones that will increase the generating capacity of the windfarm to 20 MW.
Since establishing E A Grey in 2005, Tom Grey has taken the business from strength to strength and now employs a fully trained and qualified workforce of over 50 employees who have the experience and expertise to take on all types of civil engineering projects from building drainage systems and sewers to groundworks, foundations and building substructures/retaining walls.
Tom Grey said: "The investment we have made in our staff so that we have more fully qualified and trained employees than any other civil engineering company of our size in the South West is very significant for the contractors and customers we work for, who demand the highest levels of safety, quality and productivity on site. This is complemented by the new machines from Doosan, which our customers see as a further investment of our own money to purchase the highest quality equipment to ensure the best performance on site. Both machines also offer all the features we need to meet safety requirements such as excellent all-round visibility and rearview cameras."
The specialised work involved in confined space operations is just one area that demonstrates the training and expertise of the E A Grey staff. Tom Grey said: "Our team members are fully qualified and equipped to work in confined space areas. Wherever possible, confined space work is carried out as a last resort, but where it is absolutely necessary, full BA confined space risk assessments with escape and emergency action plans are carried out prior to entry with the full protocols being implemented and adhered to."
E A Grey also offers expertise in many other types of civil engineering and related sectors including road construction and surfacing; marine works; project management; plant hire and CCTV inspection, jetting, drainage and trenchless technology.