Redhead Equipment Customer, WF Botkin, Builds Bridges with SDLG

(Initial Press Release issued by SDLG on December 10, 2015)

WF Botkin Builds Bridges with SDLG 

When the Canadian construction company needed a wheel loader to support a new bridge project, it found an ideal machine in SDLG.

Capital management is the hallmark of any successful construction company. Investments in equipment are expensive, and every machine must generate return on its investment. An expensive machine left idling can become a financial albatross for a small business.

It was this notion that led Regina, Saskatchewan-based WF Botkin Construction to invest in an SDLG wheel loader. Though the company has several material handling sites in its region, it only needed a machine to work a few days a week on a new bridge project. A large outlay on a premium wheel loader that wouldn’t be in continuous use would not have made financial sense.

“We recently won a project to replace some bridges in Regina and we needed a wheel loader to support our operations,” said Clair Botkin, vice president of the company. “We’re primarily moving barricades around the job sites and loading materials, so we didn’t need a wheel loader working constantly. We didn’t need the features of a more expensive loader for our work, either.”

Botkin brought his needs to Regina, Saskatchewan-based Redhead Equipment. The two companies had had a relationship for years, so Botkin trusted the dealer to suggest a machine that would be a good fit and to then support the wheel loader through its lifecycle. Redhead suggested the SDLG LG959.

The LG959 has an operating weight of 38,250 lbs. It features a Tier 3 Deutz engine with 224 hp and 777 lb.ft of torque; ZF transmission and axles; wet disc brakes; a hydraulic quick coupler and 3

For its first project, the SDLG loader is building a box culvert bridge. There the machine is moving barricades that detour traffic around the site, and handling granular materials for the bridge’s construction. It’s also placing backfill around the structure’s culverts. The project began in late spring and is expected to wrap up in October. When the job is complete, Botkin will transfer the wheel loader to one of its stockpile facilities, moving concrete rock, base material, sand and peat rock, among other materials.

“The SDLG wheel loader has been working well on the job site,” Botkin said. “It came with bucket and forklift attachments, which we definitely need and utilize—these attachments were a big reason why we went with SDLG. I would consider purchasing more of them when the need arises.”

Botkin said that the SDLG 12-month, 1,500-hour warranty was another motivation for choosing SDLG. The company had considered a used wheel loader, but was won over by the brand’s warranty and the fact that it would be backed by Redhead Equipment. “Our relationship with Redhead Equipment gave us a great deal of confidence,” Botkin said.

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About WF Botkin Construction

WF Botkin Construction is one of the leading heavy civil construction companies and construction material supply businesses serving Saskatchewan and the Regina area. A family-owned business with 57 years’ experience, their excellent reputation is attributable to the commitment of their personnel to quality. They are committed to each and every project they undertake no matter what the size. Their areas of expertise include site grading, small parking lots, large parking lots, industrial sites, commercial buildings, street and road construction, aggregate supply, concrete supply and asphalt paving.

About Redhead Equipment

Redhead Equipment is your heavy duty equipment dealer for trucks, trailers, construction and agricultural equipment in Saskatchewan. With over 475 employees committed to providing exceptional customer service, we offer our customers premium brands such as Case IH, CASE, Volvo and Mack from seven locations across the province. For over 65 years, Redhead Equipment has grown and diversified. We have expanded our lines of equipment and locations to become one of the largest heavy equipment dealers in Saskatchewan. Offering sales, parts, service, rentals and financing on a wide variety of equipment, we provide our customers with a one-stop solution for all your heavy duty equipment needs. We give our customers…The Power of Choice. For more information, visit

About SDLG

Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., (known as Lingong) is one of China’s leading manufacturers of construction equipment, which it produces under the SDLG brand. It is one of the world’s leading suppliers (by volume) of wheel loaders. The company’s headquarters are in Linyi, China and it has an additional manufacturing facility in Pederneiras, Brazil. SDLG products are targeted to the value segment and are known for their reliability and robust performance on site. The company has an established and experienced dealer network in the export markets in which it operates. This network is dedicated to providing excellent parts availability. Lingong was founded in 1972 and currently employs 3,150 people.