DISA Equipment has recently sold its 3000th Doosan machine in South Africa to plant rental specialists, TKR Operations, in a joint venture with Medkoeriers, which provides material processing and handling services at Tharisa Minerals in Rustenburg, North West Province.
“Delivery of the Doosan DX520 excavator to the mine in October 2020, marks the 3000th Doosan machine to be sold locally and this machine is now hard at work for TKR Operations and Medkoeriers, along with other Doosan equipment,” says Darrel Holton, managing director, DISA Equipment (Pty) Limited, trading as Doosan, part of the Capital Equipment Group of Invicta Holdings Limited. “The Doosan team is thrilled that this milestone deal was with our esteemed Medkoeriers customers, Marthinus Hollamby and Eddie Pienaar, who have invested in other Doosan machines over the years.”
According to Marthinus Hollamby, managing director, Medkoeriers, Doosan machines have proven to offer the most cost-efficient and dependable overall performance available - even in a tough mining environment, that normally impedes a machine’s productivity.
“We operate continuous 24-hour shifts at the feed to the crushers every day of the year. This demanding schedule requires high availability of robust, well-maintained machines, designed to deliver optimum performance in arduous conditions.
“We have also implemented a strict equipment replacement policy that ensures a healthy fleet age and means that our fleet availability is always at the 90% mark. What’s critical to our success is optimal productivity, minimal downtime and unnecessary repair costs.
“Our team has maintained the necessary performance levels required across the fleet year on year, since the purchase of our first Doosan machine. DX300 and DX520 excavators with hydraulic hammers, form part of the Doosan fleet. All of our Doosan machines cope extremely well in the harsh operating conditions.
“Part of our success is working closely with the Doosan team - we can always depend on the support of technical expertise, maintenance and repair services, as well as the efficient supply of spare parts. Our very first Doosan unit, which was purchased in 2012 was operational up to 27 000 hours – this is testament to premium machine quality and exceptional service.
“In today’s challenging economic conditions, where South Africa has a scarcity of work opportunities and sluggish business growth, we believe it is even more important for companies to establish a sound reputation as dependable service provider. We have worked hard to be the best in the business, by providing innovative solutions rather than standard services, to major mining houses and large contracting firms that require specialised skill sets. Our specialised material processing and handling solutions allow our customers to focus on their core businesses.
“Our vision is to remain relevant in our niche operational market. We would ultimately like to have our own operation that covers the entire process, from exploration, mining, material handling and processing of the final product.”
The TKR Operations and Medkoeriers joint venture offers extensive solutions that encompass oversize material handling, lowbed rental and transportation services for staff. Plant rental machines include excavators, wheel Loaders, hydraulic breakers and drills, as well as water carts.
The team currently operates predominantly in the North West Province, with ad hoc operations in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces.
More about the DX520LC Excavator
DX520LCA excavators are powered by an environmentally friendly Doosan Tier II 6-cylinder air-to-air intercooler engine that delivers 238 kW (318 HP) @ 2 000 rpm, with excellent fuel economy. A large fan size, with improved air, hydraulic oil and fuel filter efficiency, enhances cooling performance, thus reducing fuel consumption.
These machines have an advanced hydraulic circuit design which separates the oil flows for the travel and boom function to ensure precise and safe operation when handling loads during travel. Circuits for the boom, arm and bucket are optimised for smooth control during combination work.
This series has the widest standard variable undercarriage available – 3,90 m extended and 3,34 m retracted. This heavy-duty X-shaped undercarriage has an integrated track spring and idler, as well as a durable box section track frame and self-lubricating sealed links. All welded structures are designed to limit stresses. The hydraulic track adjuster has a shock absorbing tension mechanism.
DX300LCA hydraulic excavators are suitable for use in various industries, including agriculture, civil engineering and construction, as well as underground and surface mining.
For further information please visit www.doosan.co.za