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Ten Volvo machines for Collins Earthworks

Volvo EC220D excavator

Notts-based earthworks contractor expands Volvo fleet with nine excavators and a soil compactor

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE-based Collins Earthworks Ltd have taken delivery of nine Volvo excavators and an SD200 soil compactor as they increase their fleet of predominantly Volvo-badged equipment to meet an increase in demand for muck-shifting contracts nationwide.

The mix of Volvo excavators includes six 22-tonne EC220D’s, two 25-tonne EC250D’s and a refurbished 70-tonne EC700B, and all have been deployed on a variety of large-muck shifting projects around the country.

‘The reason we’ve opted for Volvo once again is simple,’ said managing director David Collins. ‘It’s all down to the back-up and the quality of service we receive from Volvo, irrespective of where in the country we are working. They’re second to none when it comes to supporting us.’ Mr Collins also cited the package on offer together with the expectation of high residual values as further reasons for choosing Volvo.

These latest additions bring Collins Earthworks’ fleet of Volvo excavators to a total of 35 machines with the 70-tonne EC700B being the largest so far.

‘We were really looking for a 50-tonne machine for a specific one million cubic metre muck-shifting project in the Midlands, but the deal including this refurbished machine was too good to overlook and so far we’ve been very impressed with the machine’s performance,’ said Mr Collins.

The EC220D is powered by Volvo’s Stage IIIB D6 engine, delivering 175hp (129kW) of power and 849Nm of torque, whilst its larger stablemate, the EC250D, has an output of 202hp (151kW) and a torque of 1,012Nm. In both cases, the six-cylinder engines are coupled to an improved hydraulic system with larger pumps over the previous C-series models, significantly improving hourly fuel consumption with shorter cycle times.

Operators can select the best work mode for the task at hand, ensuring optimum performance and fuel efficiency. Modes include: I-idle, F-fine, G-general, H-heavy or P-power, with the machine automatically setting the appropriate engine speed for the mode. ECO mode, which provides better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions, is a new feature that works in G, H or P mode.

The SD200 soil compactor is the second Volvo compactor to join the fleet and features dual/variable-frequency and dual amplitude with the capability to match the vibration frequency to the natural frequency of the material to achieve optimum compaction. The machine has an operating weight of 20.3 tonnes.

Based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Collins Earthworks Ltd are well placed to cover contracts the length and breadth of Great Britain, specializing in muck shifting, aggregates, demolition, civil engineering and general haulage with a fleet of Volvo-powered tipper trucks and low-loaders.

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