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First SDLG wheel loader sold in North America


December 6, 2013
By SDLG

img_5402_ak-final_smDecember 6, 2013, Tuxford, Sask. – Double K Excavating,
based out of Tuxford, Saskatchewan, has purchased the first SDLG wheel loader
sold in North America.

img_5402_ak-final_smDecember 6, 2013, Tuxford, Sask. – Double K Excavating,
based out of Tuxford, Saskatchewan, has purchased the first SDLG wheel loader
sold in North America.

The company purchased the LG959 model to perform a wide
array of duties for its 30-year old excavating business. Among the LG959’s many
tasks will be underground water and sewage work, road construction, lagoon
building, material handling and more.

Cole Koch, superintendent and part-owner of the
family-operated company, said he found SDLG’s LG959 to be an ideal machine for
Double K’s needs.

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“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.”

Koch was also 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.”

Double K purchased the LG959 from Regina-based Redhead
Equipment, one of SDLG’s seven North American dealers. The two companies have
been doing business together for several decades.

Dean Wolfe, salesman with Redhead Equipment, 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.”

The LG959 is a 4.0 yard³ wheel loader with an operating
weight of 38,250 lbs. It features a Tier 3 Deutz engine with 224 hp and 777
lb.ft; ZF transmission and axles; wet disc brakes; a hydraulic quick coupler
and 3rd function hydraulics; a modern fit and finish with high visibility; and
an operator friendly cab. The base unit is priced at $144,500 and comes with a
12-month, 1,500-hour warranty.

Alan Quinn, director of SDLG North America, said the first
purchase of an SDLG wheel loader in the region is a historic occasion and the
quick time frame in which it sold is testament to Redhead Equipment’s
understanding of its customers’ needs and its confidence in the new SDLG model.

“We are really excited to have launched SDLG in North
America and already be able to celebrate the first purchase,” he said. “SDLG
gives our customers a new loader at the cost of a traditional used loader and
this represents a new option, not previously available to customers in North
America. Our startup has been exciting and our early successes are exceeding
expectations.”