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he EC250E is the latest version of Volvo’s popular 25 tonne crawler excavator. Powered by a Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emissions

compliant D8J engine, the EC250E boasts a powerful 215hp (160kW) with 1,110Nm of torque available from just 1,350rpm. Volvo’s ECO mode optimises the hydraulic system to reduce fl ow and pressure losses without reducing performance. The machine also boasts an Eco gauge in the cab, that indicates monetary fuel consumption, to help operators to maximise productivity and reduce operating costs.

“I have always found dealing with the staff

at Volvo to be a pleasure. They are always happy to help and extremely quick to respond to any queries that we have,” says offi ce manager Emily Summerson. “We order the machines with a high specifi cation and the drivers really look after them. The residuals on the Volvos make it worthwhile. The Volvos also give us signifi cant cost savings due to their superior fuel economy,” says company owner Kurt Bousfi eld.

The EC250DLR joins a fl eet that includes an EC250D, an EC380D, an EC220D plus several smaller crawler and wheeled models. The long reach machine uses a 10.2m main boom with a 7.85m dipper arm to achieve a maximum digging depth of 14.35m and a maximum reach at ground level of 18.2m. The EC250DLR was purchased specifi cally to meet the requirements of the fi rm’s own contracting division, which is tackling a growing range of civil engineering and construction jobs throughout Yorkshire and the North East.

An increase in earthmoving contracts has also led to the acquisition of the UK’s fi rst SD135 soil compactor. This 14.4 tonne machine is powered by Volvo’s Tier 4i/Stage IIIB D4 diesel engine delivering a powerful 148hp (110kW). Driving through a full hydrostatic transmission the SD135 provides powerful, effi cient compaction, using up to 30% less fuel than previous models thanks to Volvo’s smart power mode. All of Ashcourt’s Volvo equipment has been supplied with a full service contract from Volvo’s Immingham Customer Support Centre.

Ashcourt Contracts, a division of the Hull-based Ashcourt Group, has added a Volvo EC250E, an EC250DLR and the fi rst SD135 soil compactor in the UK to its growing equipment fl eet. In total the company has purchased 14 machines from Volvo Construction Equipment since October 2013.

This ensures maximum uptime and a known operating cost for the customer over the life of the machines.

“Reliability is one of our main concerns and I can’t knock the service that Volvo provides at all,” says operations manager Andy Nicholson. “We don’t want for anything. We’ve never had any issues with the Volvos, they just go and go.” The Ashcourt Group has a range of operating divisions, from constructing purpose- built luxury student accommodation through to new build housing and civil engineering projects. This led to a demand for quality aggregates that saw Ashcourt purchase two quarry operations in Yorkshire, which in turn has led to a growing transport fl eet that includes Volvo FH lowloaders and Volvo FMX eight-wheeler tippers.

There seems little doubt that further growth will include additional Volvo equipment. “It’s partly operator comfort, but it’s the all-round machine, the Volvo is totally different when you have driven other makes of equipment,” says Mr Nicholson. n

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