The machine has proven itself working on a road maintenance and renewals contract for Hertfordshire County Council.
The ABG6870 wheeled paver has continuous independent traction control over all six wheels and powered by a Tier III 122Kw engine. A Smart Power setting allows the operator to vary the power output depending on the conditions of the application. Even on the most difficult bases, tractive effort is automatically adjusted according to ground condition and the weight of material available in the machine’s 12t-capacity hopper, Volvo says.
The Active Steering feature gives it an inside turning radius of just 2.5m. It also has individual suspension struts aiding manoeuvrability.
The ABG6870 has a variable screed width of between 2.5m and 5m in standard configuration but can be fitted with optional extensions to provide a width of 9m. With an output potential of up to 700t per hour, the machine can continuously pave up to 40m per minute, Volvo claims. While a normal layer thickness of 50mm at high speed is easily achievable, the ABG6870 can, for certain applications, lay up to maximum thickness of 300mm, Ashmac has found.
Ashmac director Greg Emonds said: “The accuracy of the level control, the finish on the new mat and the operation of the extensions are the most important factors for any screed. The Volvo ABG 6870’s screed scores highly in all areas in our opinion.”
He added: “The crew who are with this particular paver love its performance, manoeuvrability and the ease in which they can operate the paver – whether it’s in the daytime or at night using the xenon working lights. This is a key feature for us as a lot of our work is carried out at night due to traffic sensitivity or location.”