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Mon 07 Apr 2014

Digger visits Mason Bros

Founded as far back as 1952, Mason Bros is still a family owned business whose current management line up consists of second and third generation family members. Our invite came from Jack Mason, who is the Sales Director, involved in selling products from the companyís extensive portfolio, which includes well-known brands such as Doosan, Bomag, Ausa, Merlo, Rammer and Geith. After a pleasant informal meeting with Jack in his office, I was given a quick tour of the premises, including a look at the 2,000 square foot parts store, containing everything from oils to bucket teeth. Then onto to look at the 5,000 square feet of workshop space, which includes an impressive welding and fabrication shop and an even more impressive hydraulic hose facility, where hoses can be manufactured in house.† At this point Jack had to rush off, but I was invited to take a look around the yard, although the weather was pretty appalling at the time! There was a nice selection of Doosan excavators in the yard, including these DX27z zero tail swing models, which Jack described as being extremely popular in their sales area. A bit further along was a new example of the popular DX140LC models, which continue to be greatly received by fans of the Doosan product. Sitting next door to the 140 was an older Solar 130LC model, which is part of the used equipment range currently available from Mason Bros. I came across a fine looking second hand machine in the form of this IHI 80NX midi excavator. This machine competes in the 8 tonne class sector, and although I have not personally had anything to do with IHI in the past, I would suspect it would be a decent†piece of kit to operate. Over on the wash bay was a customerís Doosan DX140LCR compact radius machine. These models are especially popular with housing development contractors and for those working on tight and congested sites. The company also run their own transport fleet, including this Volvo tractor unit and low loader. Further towards the back of the yard I came across some examples of classic plant, which I know our readers are always keen to see. I will write about these in another blog later in the week. In the meantime, here's a little taster of one of the machines I spotted. I would like to thank Jack Mason for inviting us along on the day.  

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