Breedon quietly paves the way with Volvo

Aaron Morby 13 years ago
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Breedon Aggregates has bought a second 6870 wheeled paver for its fleet after extensive testing of one of the first machines put into use in this country.

Contracting director at Breedon, Kevin Carmichael, said another Volvo ABG6870 wheeled paver was ordered because of the smoothness to the finished mat.

“Besides that, our operating crews have a decisive input to the purchasing decision and they certainly appreciate the machine’s low noise levels, manoeuvrability and easy to use controls.”

Up to 25% fuel savings are offered by the ABG6870 over its predecessor and a massive(a) reduction in external noise levels.

This was an important benefit for Breedon which specialises in local authority, urban and private contracts as well as major trunk road maintenance from the central belt to the highlands and islands and the north of Scotland.

    Spec check


    The ABG6870 wheeled paver is the first machine to feature continuous independent traction control over all six wheels.

    Powered by a Tier III 122Kw engine, the operator is able to use the ‘Smart Power’ setting to vary the power output depending on the conditions of the application.

    Running nominally at just 1600rpm the ABG6870 boasts significantly low noise emissions besides being highly fuel efficient.

    With 6×6 ‘Smart Drive’ even on the most difficult bases, tractive effort is automatically adjusted according to ground condition and the weight of material available in the machine’s 12 tonne capacity hopper.

    The machine demonstrates a class beating degree of manoeuvrability thanks to the ‘Active Steering’ feature with an inside turning radius of just 2.5 metres.

    Screed performance is a distinct feature on Volvo ABG pavers. The ABG6870 has a variable screed width of between 2.5 and 5m in standard configuration but can be fitted with optional extensions to provide a generous width of 9 metres.

    With an output potential of up to 700 tonnes per hour, the machine can continuously pave up to 40 metres per minute. Whilst a normal layer thickness of 50mm at high speed is easily achievable, the ABG6870 can, for certain applications lay up to maximum thickness of 300mm.

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