Indian contractor orders additional SDLG loaders

Varhakhe orders five SDLG wheel loaders, taking its total number to 23

Varhakhe has committed to expanding its existing cohort of 18 SDLG wheel loaders with an additional five units.
Varhakhe has committed to expanding its existing cohort of 18 SDLG wheel loaders with an additional five units.

India-based contractor Varhakhe Services has ordered five additional SDLG wheel loaders to supplement its existing, 18-strong cohort.

The firm’s current fleet of SDLG units works 20 hours per day to unload cargo at India’s Krishnanpatnam Port. The machines have attracted significant praise from Varhakhe, one of the contractors enlisted by Krishnanpatnam Port Company Ltd (KPCL) to haul cargo at the southern Indian terminal.

“Twenty hours a day, 500 hours a month – every SDLG wheel loader runs like a factory,” commented Sreeram Varhakhe, owner of Varhake Services.

“In fact, their level of productivity and performance constantly sends me to the bank – smiling,” he added.

Varhakhe says that the performance of the wheel loaders, coupled with SDLG’s competitive pricing structure, is helping to deliver fast payback for his company.

The contractor purchased all 18 of its existing SDLG units within the space of three months, and Varhakhe has been sufficiently impressed to place an order for an additional five units.

“You effectively recover your investment in faster time,” he explained.

A mixture of LG958L and LG936L wheel loaders comprise Varhakhe Services’ fleet. The five-tonne capacity LG958L models sport 3m3 buckets, operating weights of 19 tonnes, and 160kW, six-cylinder Deutz engines.

The LG936L wheel loaders, meanwhile, feature 1.8m3 buckets, operating weights of 10.7 tonnes, and Tier 4 Deutz engines to aid fuel efficiency.

Varhakhe has also been impressed with the level of after-sales support offered by the manufacturer.

“In a time-bound business where you simply have to stick to schedules no matter what, it all boils down to people,” he explained.

“We share a deep and trusting relationship with SDLG, thanks largely to the service that [the company] provides. Our machine downtime is negligible,” Varhake concluded.


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