S Richardson Contracting, based in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, has purchased eight new Doosan DX160LC-5 HT 16-tonne High Track crawler excavators for work on the company’s forestry contracts throughout Scotland and north England.

The new Doosan High Track excavators were supplied by James Gordon (Gordons), the authorised dealer for the Doosan Heavy range in the south-west and borders regions, as well as the central belt of Scotland, as far as Argyle and Bute and the county of Cumbria in northern England.

Company owner, Simon Richardson, commented: “We were introduced to the Doosan DX160LC-5 HT High Track excavators by Darren Nicholson, sales manager Cumbria & Borders for Gordons Construction Equipment. The Doosan High Track excavators are well-built, fit-for-purpose machines that have provided us with many advantages in the forestry work we do from preparing ground and mounding work to drainage and building forestry roads.

“The Doosan High Track design allows us to easily negotiate tree stumps and other obstacles in forests, traversing sites much more easily and not having to move/remove the amount of material we had to in the past.”

The DX160LC-5 HT excavator combines the upper structure from Doosan’s DX140LC-5 14-tonne model with a heavier-duty 18-tonne-class high-track undercarriage, increasing the ground clearance from 410 mm in the DX140LC-5 to an impressive 615 mm. In its standard configuration, the digging depth of the DX160LC-5 HT is 5,355 mm, the digging height is 8,940 mm and the digging reach is 8,080 mm.

Simon Richardson added: “Unlike our previous excavators which were specially modified, the Doosan DX160LC-5 HTs are purpose-built machines for the forestry and rough terrain work we undertake. We initially tried out a DX160LC-5 HT from Gordons and it performed really well and our operators liked the machine. So it was an easy decision to purchase more of them, particularly when they are part of the excellent package offered by Gordons combining reliable service and maintenance with their fast response.”

S Richardson Contracting employs a team of highly skilled machine operators with great experience in the forestry industry. In addition to tree felling and thinning, the company undertakes road and track maintenance within Forestry Commission and private land, and tree replanting projects, together with land ploughing contracts prior to re­planting.

The company has been in the business since 2003 and has worked all over the Scottish mainland and islands, making ground ready for tree planting.