Based near Huntly in Aberdeenshire in the north-east of Scotland, A&A Elphinstone has purchased several new Doosan and Bobcat excavators from Inverurie-based Balgownie Ltd, the local Authorised Doosan and Bobcat dealer. A&A Elphinstone has added new Doosan 22 tonne DX225LC-5, 14 tonne DX140LC-5 and 8 tonne DX85R-3 excavator models as well as Bobcat E20 and E85 mini-excavators.
A&A Elphinstone provides a wide range of services, covering many different groundworks and paving applications. Services include building works, drainage, sewers, roads, track works, winter maintenance, lockblock, kerbing, tarring, slabbing and concrete work and imprints.
Andy Elphinstone, owner of A&A Elphinstone, said: “We take great pride in our work and treat every project with the same level of care and attention. As a result, we have been chosen to carry out projects all over North East Scotland. I have been very impressed with the performance of the Doosan and Bobcat machines, which we use in every part of the business and we receive excellent back-up from Balgownie to ensure we get the maximum uptime.”
Balgownie customers like A&A Elphinstone benefit from superb on-site service networks, 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 plant and machinery.
As well as covering existing contracts, Balgownie provides flexible service agreements, depending on the requirements of the customer. They offer service and warranty work on all existing Doosan and Bobcat machines in their areas, backed by a full selection of genuine accessories and parts. Balgownie holds a stock of new and used Doosan and Bobcat branded machines, to respond quickly to customers’ needs.
The New Machine Fleet at Elphinstone
The Doosan DX225LC-5 crawler excavator is powered by the well-proven 6-cylinder, turbocharged Doosan DL06P water-cooled diesel engine, providing a high power output of 124 kW (166 HP) at 1800 RPM. The DX225LC-5 therefore combines plenty of power with high torque at a lower number of revolutions, ensuring higher reliability over time than other 21 tonne machines, which have 4-cylinder engines running at much higher revs.
Andy Elphinstone added: “The new Doosan and Bobcat machines have helped to power our expansion, primarily in the housing market but we’ve also been busy in industrial and private sector work. The 22-tonner does most of the heavy digging work on the sites supported by the DX140LC-5 which is also good for digging out foundations and for drainage work.”
Like the DX225LC-5, the DX140LC-5 is also part of the company’s ‘LC-5’ range of machines meeting Stage IV emission regulations. It offers much more than the previous Stage IIIB model, with extra engine power and torque, higher traction boosted by an increase in drawbar pull of about 18% and front lifting capacity increased on average by 10% and side capacities 12.5% higher.
Like all Doosan Stage IV compliant excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks (ADTs), the DX225LC-5 and DX140LC-5 offer the advantage that there is no Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) needed, relying solely on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to meet Stage IV emission requirements.
The DX85R-3 8 tonne reduced tail swing excavator from Doosan is powered by a Yanmar 4TNV98C diesel engine providing 44.3 kW of power at a rated speed of 2100 rpm. Complementing the 10% increase in power over the previous DX80R model, the DX85R-3 excavator offers excellent fuel efficiency, among the best in its class. The bucket digging force of 6.3 tonne also represents an increase of 12% over the previous model.
Andy Elphinstone commented: “Complementing the bigger machines, the smaller Bobcat E20 and E85 mini-excavators ensure we have an appropriate fleet to offer a completely professional and reliable service for any size project, both commercially and domestic. We take great pride in doing the right job and at the first time of asking.”
Bobcat Compact Excavators
The E20 2 tonne model is a Zero Housing Swing (ZHS) excavator, which means that despite featuring a full-sized cab, it still enhances Zero Tail Swing (ZTS) functionality by further protecting the front upper structure corners turning within the swing circle. The ZHS configuration in the E20 excavator therefore provides 320° of free rotation when working close to structures, without sacrificing on operator comfort or performance. The maximum digging depth of the E20 is 2385 mm, with a maximum reach at ground level of 4089 mm and a maximum dump height of 2566 mm.
The Bobcat E85 8.6 tonne mini-excavator offers many features and advances to maximise performance, versatility, operator comfort, durability, ease of maintenance and serviceability. The E85 model is standard equipped with primary and secondary auxiliary hydraulic lines offering both dual directional and proportional flow for increased versatility. A thumb control is integrated in the joysticks for better metering of the boom swing and the proportional auxiliary hydraulics.
As well as the full range of Doosan crawler excavators from 1 to 55 tonne, Balgownie is responsible for sales and servicing of the Doosan wheeled excavator, wheel loader and ADT ranges in Aberdeenshire, Morayshire, Angus and the Highlands as well as the Isle of Skye and Perthshire and Kinross-shire.
The company is also the Authorised dealer for the Bobcat range of compact loaders, compact excavators, telehandlers and attachments in the same area.
Balgownie Ltd started trading as an engineering company in 1907 in sheet metal work and tank manufacturing, supplying to shipyards, farmers and the food industry before diversifying into the manufacture and supply of dairy equipment. Today, Balgownie is one of the leading specialists in construction, tractor, trailer, agriculture and groundcare machinery sales in Scotland.