Loader sold only days after going on sale
Chinese equipment manufacturer SDLG has sold its first wheel loader in North America only days after the machine line went on sale.
SDLG is owned by Volvo Group, and is making a serious push to establish a share of the global market.
A Canadian contractor purchased a LG959 loader to perform a wide array of duties for its 30-year old excavating business. Cole Koch, part-owner of the family-operated company, said the SDLG’s LG959 would be an ideal support machine.
“A wheel loader isn’t something we use for 10 to 12 hours a day, every day. We look at it as a support machine,” he said. “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.”
Among the LG959’s many tasks will be underground water and sewage work, road construction, lagoon building, material handling and more.
After delivery, Koch said he was impressed by many of the LG959’s features, and after only a few days of working with the machine, felt the wheel loader lived up to its quality reputation. He’s even considering purchasing another one next Spring.
“It’s been great working with the LG959 so far,” he said. “The engine runs well, the machine has a lot of power and the hydraulics function smoothly. It’s done great at starting in cold weather, too. The cab is pretty roomy compared with other brands – it has great visibility.”
Dean Wolfe, salesman with the SDLG dealer, said the attractive price of the LG959, as well as Double K’s particular needs, convinced the company to purchase the new SDLG wheel loader over a more expensive used machine from another brand.
“Double K wasn’t looking for a 2,000-hour-a-year wheel loader,” he said. “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.”
Wolfe also said the LG959’s ease of use was a factor in the purchase.
“The SDLG wheel loaders are very simple to run – there are not a lot of quirks,” he said. “Anyone can learn to run the LG959 in a matter of minutes.”
Recently FAMCO announced the formation of a new business unit, Pacific Machinery, to sell brands including SDLG in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.