SDLG Sells First Machine In North America
SDLG, the Chinese subsidiary of Volvo Group that earlier this year announced its plans to sell Chinese-built wheel loaders in North America, has made its first sale. Double K Excavating, Tuxford, Saskatchewan, Canada, purchased an LG959 loader from Regina-based Redhead Equipment, one of SDLG’s seven North American dealers.
“A wheel loader isn’t something we use for 10 to 12 hours a day, every day, said Cole Koch, superintendent and co-owner of Double K Excavating. “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.”
The LG959 is a 4.0 cu. yd. wheel loader with an operating weight of 38,250 lb. It is powered by a Tier 3 Deutz diesel engine rated 224 hp teamed with a ZF transmission and axles.
“We are really excited to have launched SDLG in North America and already be able to celebrate the first purchase,” said Alan Quinn, director of SDLG North America. “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.”