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SDLG wheel loaders have earned a reputation as the “workhorses” of the waste and recycling industry. Lindsay Daniels, National Product Engineering and Training Manager for CJD Equipment talks with WMR. 

Dutch computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra once said “simplicity is prerequisite for reliability”. It’s a mantra that machinery and construction company SDLG can vouch for. For decades, the SDLG name has been synonymous with wheel loaders that deliver reliable performance, simple operation and low maintenance.

Lindsay Daniels, National Product Engineering and Training Manager at CJD Equipment, says the SDLG wheel loader is “reliability in action”.

“They just keep going and going and going,” he says. “In the waste industry, you want something that’s going to continue to operate in pretty harsh environments. The SDLG does that.”

SDLG wheel loaders have been available in Australia for more than 10 years and are supported nationwide by CJD Equipment. While they’re ideal for a variety of applications across farming and mining industries, their robustness and ease of operation has made them the “workhorse” of the waste and recycling industry.

Available in five models, ranging from the LG918 with 77hp through to the 217hp L958F, it’s the LG946L wheel loader that is the machine of choice for many. 

Lindsay says the LG946L wheel loader’s horsepower, bucket capacity and operating weight suits the waste and recycling industry and it’s widely used in landfill and resource recovery operations. Ideal for loading and unloading loose materials, the LG946L wheel loader is designed for easy daily access and service checks.

The cabin is vast, with a focus on comfort, ergonomics and practicality. It is a fully certified rollover protective structure (ROPS) and falling-object protective structure (FOPS). A wraparound pillarless front and rear windscreen offers superior vision and safety. 

SDLG wheel loaders have axles designed and built at the SDLG factory, ensuring a perfect driveline match, which results in increased productivity. The wheel loaders come standard with a Volvo-compatible quick hitch and a general-purpose bucket with a bolt-on cutting edge, designed and built to increase productivity. 

The engine is high torque, high performance and fuel efficient. It is connected to a tropical cooling package allowing it to work at full capacity in tough conditions. Minimum fuel consumption is 7 litres per hour from its 160-litre tank. The transmission is heavy duty, smooth and reliable and incorporates a kick-down function enhancing the wheel loader’s ability to work in all applications.

“They are very straight-forward machines,” Lindsay says. “They have all the safety features in the cab. An ergonomic layout makes it easier for the operator to use and there are good daily service points, which makes it easier for operators to do daily checks.

“The general feedback is that they are very, very reliable.”

SDLG is a member of the Volvo group, the world’s largest manufacturer of construction equipment. Lindsay says, importantly, that its manufacturing expertise is backed up in Australia by a national dealer, CJD Equipment, with a good reputation for supporting the products it represents.

CJD Equipment’s core business involves the national distribution of construction equipment and trucks. It has a network of dealers and service centres stretching across the nation, from Australian capital cities to regional country towns and mining centres.

Lindsay says the SDLG and CJD Equipment partnership gives customers “a reputable product with proper aftersales support”.

“It’s one thing to buy a machine that’s not very expensive but all machines break down. It’s a matter of how quickly you can get back on the road again and how much you can rely on the person that sold you the machine,” he says.

“CJD has got a very good reputation Australia-wide for representing its machinery and looking after customers. You don’t get to stay in the industry for nearly 50 years without looking after your customers.” 

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