The new wheeled loaders have been supplied by Leicester-based Pioneer Plant Ltd, the new authorised 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 wheeled loaders' high reliability and quality are guaranteed by a 6,000-hour service package provided by Pioneer Plant.
The story behind the new wheeled loader order for the Mick George Group began when Pioneer Plant offered a demonstration of the Doosan DL580-5 wheeled loader at its very busy limestone quarry at Wakerley in Northamptonshire.
Michael Plant, quarry manager at Wakerley, 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 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 wheeled loaders are being used in loading and stockpile duties at quarries in the Mick George Group. As well as the DL580-5s at Wakerley, the DL420-7 wheeled loaders have gone into operation at the Waterbeach and Mitchell Hill quarries in Cambridgeshire, the Ringstead Grange quarry in Northamptonshire and at the Crimplesham quarry in Norfolk. The new DL300-5 wheeled loader is working alongside the DL420-7 at Crimplesham.
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 loading times of HGV vehicles, they 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."
Starting with a single tipper truck in 1978, the Mick George Group's commercial fleet has now grown to be over 400 HGV vehicles. The Mick George Group specialises in Bulk Excavation and Earthmoving Services, Demolition and Asbestos Removal, a wide range of Skip Hire and Waste Management Services and Aggregate and Concrete Supply.
In addition to the HGV vehicles, the Mick George Group has a wide variety of plant and machinery. The impressive collection of mobile plant machinery is used in various applications from internally in its own quarries and transfer stations to large earthworks projects. The lorry fleet means the company can meet the high demand for providing a reliable muck away and aggregate delivery service to all its customers.
The company operates from over 39 sites, including the limestone/sand and gravel quarries where the new Doosan wheeled loaders work, landfill sites, waste transfer stations and concrete batching plants. The Mick George Group provides the knowledge, expertise, and equipment to offer a complete package to complete any contract from start to finish.
Pioneer Plant (www.pioneerplant.co.uk) is solely responsible for sales and servicing of the Doosan crawler, wheeled and mini/midi excavator, wheel loader, articulated dump truck and attachment ranges in its area.
As the latest addition to the UK dealer network for the Doosan Construction, Quarrying and Mining Equipment range, Pioneer Plant offers over 40 years of plant dealership experience for both new and used equipment. Together, Brian Conn and Steve Corner, joint partners in Pioneer Plant, and their team provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise to advise and support customers with their plant purchases and how Doosan products can be used in their businesses.
Pioneer Plant customers benefit from a superb on-site service network, covering everything from emergency repairs to routine maintenance. The company's factory-trained engineers have many years of hands-on experience of repairs and servicing of all types of plant and machinery.
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