The new additions represent the sixth time in 10 years that Morrison Utility Services has placed a bulk order for Volvo mini excavators from Chippindale Plant, Volvo’s utility dealer for Yorkshire and northeast England.
The machines have been supplied in the Morrison Utility Services’ red and white livery and feature the Cesar identification and Enigma immobilisation systems, track locks, and manual quick hitches. All the digging buckets have been supplied with heavy duty cutting edges as opposed to teeth to minimise the risk of damage to underground utility services while excavating.
The 1.7-tonne EC17C compact excavator has two-speed automatic travel motors and load sensing hydraulics. It is powered by a 12.3Kw (16.8hp) engine.
It replaces the old 1.5t EC15B XT model in the Volvo line up and is one of four models that the manufacturer offers between 1.5t and 2.0t.
A significant change on the new model is that hydraulic hoses for the digging equipment are now routed through the boom, and cylinders are top-mounted to minimise damage on site. The hammer lines have been modified to allow the fitting of remote hand held hydraulic equipment.