New Volvo wheel loaders for Britaniacrest Recycling
Surrey-based waste-management firm ramps up operations with two L150H loading shovels
BRITANIACREST Recycling have recently added a Volvo L150H wheel loader to their mobile plant fleet with a second model on order as the company ramps up production at its recently acquired Warnham waste facility, in West Sussex. The family-run business has a long association operating Volvo equipment, including loading shovels and an extensive fleet of lorries.
‘The Volvo L150 is the optimum loading shovel for our recycling operations in Warnham, Gatwick and Storrington and we now operate two F models, a G loader and two H variants with another one order for the start of next year,’ said Ray Foss Jnr, co-director of Britaniacrest Recycling.
‘Overall, the productivity of the machines, particularly the F-series and the recently purchased H-model, has been particularly good. Our operators appreciate the cab comfort and the responsiveness of the machine controls. We specified a long-boom option which means they are able to load high-sided bulkers and tamp material down to optimize each load that goes to landfill.’
The new Volvo L150H is equipped with the long-boom option and a heavy-duty 7 cubic metre-capacity high-tip bucket (supplied by Ulrich Attachments). Powered by a 13-litre Volvo Stage IV engine (300hp), the wheel loader produces a maximum torque of 1,317Nm at 1,450 rev/min, while a Volvo eco-pedal feature encourages the operator to run the loader at its optimum rev/min for further fuel savings.
The L150H supplied to Britaniacrest has been further enhanced with the addition of L5 wheels/tyres and a heavy-duty oil bath air pre-cleaner which protects the air intake to the engine when working in dusty conditions. The machine also offers a load-over height of 4.34m and a full turn tipping load of 14 tonnes.
‘With a large capacity high-tip bucket, the machine is proving to be ultra efficient in turning around high-sided bulkers in a short period of time, which is crucial as our production output increases,’ commented Mr Foss.