Marshalls' new Volvo machines include two L110H and five L180H loading shovels; two A30G and two A40G articulated haulers; a 50-tonne EC480E excavator and the new 75-tonne EC750E excavator – the first in the UK.
Marshalls is also the first company to take delivery of Volvo loading shovels featuring the Co-Pilot load assist feature.
This package of machines was selected following a competitive tender process and represents both a replacement for existing plant as well as an increment to the fleet, according to senior group buyer Jonathan Galvin. “Selecting the right machines for our various operations has involved a good many factors in the decision making process,” he said.
“This has included site surveys, careful consideration for the machine specification and working closely with our potential suppliers and whilst the offering from Volvo wasn’t the lowest cost in regards to the up-front purchasing price, when we looked at the life time owning and operating costs, the fuel efficiencies of the products, extended driveline warranties, the residual values and the detailed servicing agreements, Volvo emerged as the clear winner.”
All the new machines have been supplied well specified. The L110H and L180H loading shovels have been supplied with Michelin L5 XLDD2A tyres; the two smaller 20-tonne shovels – which have gone to work at the company’s landscape product manufacturing operation in Sandy, Bedfordshire – have the Optishift feature that automatically selects lock-up of the transmission for maximum fuel efficiency.
The five new 30-tonne L180H shovels are fitted with Volvo’s Co-Pilot load assist option. This allows the operator to calibrate either the bucket or block handling forks via the touch screen pad in the cab. Data including bucket loads and the number of buckets filled can be recorded. The Co-Pilot touchscreen automatically becomes a rear view screen when the machine is put into reverse. The Co- Pilot system is also linked in with the Care Track system – Volvo’s telematics system.
Each L180H has been supplied complete with quick fit bucket and quick fit heavy duty block handling forks and additional block handling counterweights.
The four articulated haulers have been given similar treatment with the fitment of E4 VLTS tyres for extreme quarry application and the bodies have been fitted with optional wear liners made from 450Bn steel to counter the abrasive nature of the material to be handled. The A30Gs have a body and load capacity of 17.8m³ and 29 tonnes whilst the larger A40Gs are 24.0m³ and 39 tonnes respectively.
Both the 50 and 75 tonne excavators have been equipped with double grouser track pads for quarry operations and both have been supplied with hydraulic quick fits, heavy duty buckets and ripper teeth for prising material from situ. The EC480E is installed with a 13 litre Volvo engine developing 378 nett hp while the new flagship EC750E has the larger 16 litre engine developing 508 hp. For both machines, the hydraulics are matched to the engine and are controlled by an advanced system which provides on-demand flow and reduces power losses within the circuit.