SDLG sells first wheel loader in North America
Canadian firm Double K Excavating purchases SDLG LG959
SDLG has sold its first wheel loader in North America.
Within days of unveiling its wheel loaders to the region, the Chinese manufacturer received an order from Double K Excavating.
The Canadian firm, which operates from Tuxford, Saskatchewan, purchased one of SDLG’s LG959 models. The machine will be used to perform a variety of tasks, including those related to underground waterworks, road construction, lagoon building, and materials handling.
The LG959 wheel loader features a Tier 3 Deutz engine with 224HP, ZF transmission and axles, wet disc brakes, and an operator-friendly cab. The base unit is priced at $144,500 and comes with a 12-month, 1,500-hour warranty.
“A wheel loader isn’t something we use for 10 to 12 hours a day, every day,” explained Cole Koch, superintendent and part-owner of family-run Double K. “Some days it will get eight hours, some days only two or three. So it doesn’t make sense for us to purchase a more expensive, premium machine.”
Double K purchased the LG959 from Regina-based Redhead Equipment – one of SDLG’s seven North American dealers.
“Double K wasn’t looking for a 2,000-hour-a-year wheel loader,” said Redhead Equipment salesman Dean Wolfe. “For the limited number of hours the machine would run and for the amount of money the company wanted to spend, it made more sense to purchase a brand new SDLG machine with a 1,500-hour warranty than a used machine from another brand.”