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New loader for Cheshire sand quarry

28 Aug 12 A Volvo L150G loading shovel has been delivered to Bathgate Silica Sand in Arclid, Cheshire and has taken over as the prime mover at the soil and sand mixing plant.

The new 25 tonne shovel replaces a Volvo L180C that had clocked up 22000 hours and joins two L220 models that are engaged in primary extraction in Bathgate’s sand quarry.

Operator preference and sound after-market support were the main drivers in determining the choice of the latest arrival, according to Bathgate’s general manager Dave Robinson. “There’s no doubt my operators favour the Volvo product, especially now with the enhancements to the cab of the G series machine in terms of added comfort and increased visibility,” he said. “Once again we’ve decided to invest in a Volvo service agreement for the new L150G for complete peace of mind.”

With a 13 litre Stage IIIB compliant 300hp engine, optishift transmission and axles all designed and manufactured by Volvo, the L150G has a full turn tipping load of 17.2 tonnes and a 20% increase in lifting force and 10% increase in breakout force over its predecessor. This coupled to the engine output with high torque at low engine rpm has resulted in faster cycle times and increased productivity, Volvo says. Two stronger, variable displacement load-bearing axial piston pumps and hoses have been introduced to handle the increased pressures. 

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The L150G will re-handle incoming soils and sands for blending, feed a trommel screen and drier, as well as load out lorries with finished product amounting to approximately 30,000 tonnes per annum.  The machine has been fitted with a standard 4.4m³ straight lipped bucket and an RDS Loadmaster weighing system.

“Downsizing to the L150G will help the operation because the area to work in is quite tight and it offers a better degree of manoeuvrability over its predecessor,” explains Dave Robinson. “It’s still large enough though to cover for one of the L220’s when routine service or repairs are necessary so it’s a good compromise.”  

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