The firm decided to buy a Volvo EC240C after previously purchasing a 21t machine five years ago.
“That machine proved to be a reliable and productive model and although we replaced it with another make, decided to come back to Volvo based on our previous experiences together with the competitive package on offer and projected residual value,” said Managing Director George Russell.
He added: “We needed a machine with extra capacity to handle some larger muck shifting contracts we’ve secured and deemed the EC240C to be a happy medium for those activities as well as the normal general purpose projects such as housing starts and ground contracting.”
At the heart of the machine a 7 litre Tier III engine developing 170 nett hp operates in conjunction with an advanced mode control system ensuring the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions.
Each track is powered by an automatic two speed shift travel motor providing a maximum drawbar pull of 209kN on gradients up to 35º.
Maximum reach with the intermediate dipper arm is 10.2 metres and lifting capacity across carriage at full reach is and impressive 3.74t.