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An 4%L( L( L sold in Fe­bru­ary o the mrst SDLG wheel loader to be sold in South­ern Africa – con­tin­ues to front op­er­a­tions at a port­side bulkhan­dling fa­cil­ity in Dur­ban, South Africa.

5he mrst SDLG wheel loader to be sold in South­ern Africa – an LG958L – re­cently sur­passed 5,000 hours of de­mand­ing op­er­a­tions at a port­side dry bulk fa­cil­ity in South Africa. The 16t wheel loader – owned by South African Bulk Ter­mi­nals (SABT) – is used to load and off-load the 2.4 mil­lion tonnes of dry bulk that passes through the Port of Dur­ban per an­num. It has re­cently clocked over 5,000 op­er­at­ing hours and has yet to en­counter any sig­n­im­cant down­time.

“Our in­vest­ment in the LG958L wheel loader has proven to be a mas­ter stroke,” says Wentzel Nel, fore­man at SABT’S in-house re­pair and main­te­nance op­er­a­tion. “In all the time we’ve run this ma­chine, we’ve not en­coun­tered a sin­gle leak­ing hose or cylin­der. I would say SDLG is far and away the best Chi­nese brand; the re­li­a­bil­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity is equal to any­thing else on the mar­ket.”

SABT is a ma­jor busi­ness unit within Bid­vest Freight, the freight man­age­ment arm of Bid­vest Group. The com­pany op­er­ates twin stor­age fa­cil­i­ties that have a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 120,000 tonnes. It han­dles a mix­ture of prod­ucts in­clud­ing soya, maize, wheat, sun­nower seeds and pel­lets, rice, fer­tilis­ers, sorghum malt for beer pro­duc­tion and nuorspar – a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing ma­te­rial that weighs 1.4 tonnes per cu­bic me­tre be­cause it has to be stored and han­dled while moist.

Prior to choos­ing SDLG, SABT worked with South African con­struc­tion equip­ment dealer Bab­cock In­ter­na­tional to mnd the right ma­chine for the job. It tested var­i­ous wheel load­ers but the LG958L was the only one that im­pressed from the out­set.

“The LG958L ticked every box for us,” says Nel. “We even tested this ma­chine in the hull of a ship and it out­per­formed all the other ma­chines in the trial.”

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