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CHC Ltd take 29 Volvos in fleet-renewal deal

Cheetham Hill Construction to replace one-third of their existing plant fleet with new Volvo machines

BURY-based contractors CHC Ltd have embarked on a major fleet-renewal programme that will see 29 Volvo machines added to its fleet in 2011.
‘We are purchasing new equipment to ensure we continue to supply the very best machinery available to the industry and stay ahead as the sector starts to recover,’ explained CHC’s plant director Sean Isherwood.

In one of the highest-value deals reported so far in 2011, CHC Ltd have bought the 29 machines to replace almost one-third of their existing plant fleet.

The deal includes 12 articulated dumptrucks comprising a mix of four A30E and eight A40E models, together with one EC700C, one EC460C, four EC360C, five EC210C and two EC140C excavators. Two ECR88 and two ECR58 midi-excavators complete the package.

All the machines have been purchased with a full three-year repair and maintenance contract, with the exception of the ECR88 and ECR58 excavators, which benefit from Volvo’s three-year warranty.

In addition, Volvo’s CareTrack telematics system is being supplied on all the new equipment and represents the next stage of CHC’s fleet-management programme to closely monitor fuel use while further improving productivity and efficiency on every machine.

‘Escalating fuel cost is becoming a very big issue to everyone and if we can use CareTrack to help cut down on idle time while monitoring how kit is being utilized, we can get closer to being 100% efficient in everything we do,’ said Mr Isherwood.

Established in 1966, CHC Ltd are one of the leading providers of plant and equipment in the north of England. The company’s fleet currently includes 100 items of operated plant, although CHC say this figure is set to grow by 5% each year.

At present, the firm has 69 excavators ranging from five-tonne minis up to a 70-tonne heavyweight earthmover, a fleet of low-ground-pressure dozers equipped with 3D GPS, self-propelled smooth and padfoot rollers, and an extensive all-Volvo fleet of 28 ADTs.

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