FORESTRY contracting company Robertson Fencing is growing its business and its fleet with Doosan excavators.

Based in Pitlochry in Perthshire, the firm works with forestry companies, land managers and highland estates, combining its diverse range of services to deliver projects safely and to a high standard.

Woodland-creation and establishment- works are Robertson Fencing’s speciality, applying a collaborative approach to fencing and forestry ground-preparation operations, increasing efficiency and collaboration, while reducing supervision and on-site management.

In the last three years, Robertson Fencing has taken delivery of eight new Doosan excavators from Balgownie, the local authorised Doosan dealer, based at Inverurie in Aberdeenshire. The new Doosan excavators include two DX160LC-5 HT 16-tonne high-track crawler excavators, five DX140LC-5 14-tonne crawler excavators and a DX63-3 6-tonne mini-excavator. The arrival of the new Doosan excavators, doubling the fleet of crawler excavators, has helped Robertson Fencing to continue to expand to meet the demands of the buoyant forestry sector and ambitious woodland-creation targets in Scotland.

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Managing director Rab Robertson said: “The first Doosan machine we purchased was a DX140LC-5 recommended by David Moir at Balgownie, and the excellent performance of this machine convinced us to purchase the rest of the Doosan machines. In doing so, we have not only switched our favoured brand to Doosan, we have changed from a dealer that was 25 minutes away to one that is two hours away, but Balgownie more than makes up for it in terms of support for our business – I have never seen quality service and back-up like that offered by Balgownie. It is amazing.”

The high performance of the DX140LC-5 crawler excavator includes a five per cent increase in engine power and four per cent greater torque over the previous version of this machine. In addition, traction has been boosted with an increase in drawbar pull of about 18 per cent and front lifting capacity has been increased on average by 10 per cent, with side capacities 12.5 per cent higher. Complementing these figures, the fuel consumption in the DX140LC-5 has been lowered by three per cent compared to the previous-generation excavator.

The continuing expansion into the forestry ground-preparation sector at Robertson Fencing provides a perfect fit to complement the company’s established fencing operations, to provide customers with a truly turnkey choice when appointing contractors for forestry establishment projects.

Rab added: “Our operators have been impressed by the comfort and reliability of all of the Doosan excavators. The new Doosan High Track excavators offer a specialised design for the forestry industry with a high ground clearance and a bigger, stronger undercarriage.

“They have been outstanding in our work in restock mounding for clients like Forestry and Land Scotland, RTS Forestry, Tilhill and Scottish Woodlands.”

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The DX160LC-5 HT excavator combines the upper structure from the DX140LC-5 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 8,080 mm.

Doosan also offers the larger DX180LC-5 HT High Track model, which is an enhanced version of the company’s DX180LC-5 excavator, incorporating a reinforced structure and a carefully re-engineered, high-performance braking system.

The DX160LC-5 HT and DX180LC-5 HT are powered by the Perkins 1204F engine, which combines reduced fuel consumption with the power and torque of larger engines, but with a smaller displacement. The Perkins 1204F engine provides an output of 81.6 kW (109 hp) and 94.9 kW (127 hp) at 2,000 rpm in the DX160LC-5 HT and DX180LC-5 HT respectively.

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