W L Straughan & Son is a family run business, headed up by Phil and Denise Straughan, based in Bedlington, South East Northumberland. Established for over 30-years, and employing 45 people, the company specialises in a wide range of services including site clearance, environmental projects and forestry work.

Gary Miller is WL Straughan’s project manager and is responsible for the day to day running of
the business and works alongside general manager Danny Straughan.

“We do a lot of site clearance work which is one of the main reasons we first went to Taylor & Braithwaite for the Hyundai machines,” says Miller. “Forestry work and site clearance projects need machines that offer 4-way hydraulics which are necessary for using the attachments we use, which include tree shears, cone splitters, stump grinders and selector grabs. The Hyundai excavators fitted the bill and make light work of even the largest of trees. These machines can also negotiate even the most difficult of terrains. They also perform well on smaller scale contracts.”

The company has nine Hyundai machines in its fleet and estimate that they have invested around
£450K in the Hyundai brand – all purchased from Taylor & Braithwaite. The Straughan fleet ranges in size from 2tonne to 14.5 tonne. The latest Hyundai machines purchased were the 14 tonne HX140 L and the 2.5tonne R25Z-9AK mini excavator.

The company did have a 22tonne Hyundai excavator for a windfarm contract – but the firm traded it in as they had more use for a 14-tonne machine.

“We are very happy with the performance of the Hyundai machines especially the new HX140,” says Miller.

“The fuel consumption is good, and we find the machines economic to run. One of the best features is the Hi-Mate system which we like very much. With Hi-Mate we can monitor the machines at all times especially when the machines are out on hire – we know what they are being used for and when.”

W L Straughan have worked with T&B since 2014 – they purchased their first machine with the
dealer and always go back.

“T&B’s service is excellent – they are very helpful and will happily talk things through on the phone,” says Miller. “Another major plus is that they will service our machines at the weekend – this is very important to us and means our machines are never down during the week. We work Nationwide and the machines are always out – never sat in the yard.”