In response to an increasing number of customer requests, Babcock will introduce a 6-ton wheel loader with a 3,5 m3 bucket to its SDLG range early in 2015. The LG968 slots perfectly into the existing range of LG918, LG938, LG958 and LG978 wheel loaders already operating throughout southern Africa.
“A batch of the new LG968 wheel loaders is already on order for specific customers,” says General Manager SDLG, Grant Sheppard. “Our customer base has been very impressed with the performance of the LG958, but several customers have asked for a wheel loader slightly larger than this, but smaller than the LG978. The new LG968 has a similar drive train to these models and provides excellent accessibility for rehandling applications.
“Considering we only launched the SDLG range in this region18 months ago, the market’s response has been very exciting. Many first-time SDLG customers have already purchased additional units and we’ve been asked to keep extending the range. Over and above the addition of the LG968, we’ll be adding more models to our line-up during the course of 2015.
“One of the primary reasons for our success with the SDLG range is that we offer the most comprehensive aftersales service support structure in the local market for a value add brand product. We have sales, service and support representation in all the major centres of South Africa and aftersales teams operating throughout Babcock’s African footprint.
“The SDLG offer includes driver training and extended warranties of up to 6000 hours/36 months. We have a broad mandate that no machine will have unnecessary downtime and we’re able to offer 100% parts supply to ensure the customer gets mobile again in the shortest possible time. The strength of any brand is built on customer satisfaction and to us, this translates as uptime.”
The 18.4 tonne LG968 is an excellent choice for re-handling or light quarry applications. Its robust front and rear frame are optimised to handle the highly intense work performed by a machine of this size. The combination of Weichai engine and SDLG transmission results in a reliable and efficient machine. The new box structure at the front and rear of the frame is optimised to handle the highest intensity work load. This wheel loader features a fully enclosed cab with excellent visibility and comfort, delivering the highest levels of safety and efficiency for the operator.
SDLG is a value-added range of mechanically driven wheel loaders, graders and vibratory rollers, ideal for applications in the re-handling, construction, quarrying, agricultural and aggregate industries. These machines offer extended trouble-free operation and are extremely maintenance friendly, fitted with basic electronics and standard components.