The new machine joins three other Volvo excavators that Wessex purchased in February 2015.
“Following the purchase of our first mid-sized excavators rigged for secondary demolition duties it was time to replace our older high reach machine,” said contracts manager Ashley Grant. “Following a visit to Sweden last year to take a detailed look at Volvo’s high reach solution we were suitably impressed with what we found. This coupled to the performance and reliability of our EC300E and two EC250Es we purchased last year and with our own operator’s recommendations we decided to opt for the EC480E.”
The Volvo EC480E High Reach has been developed in house by Volvo Construction Equipment. Key to the machine’s versatility is the ability to change the demolition equipment back to conventional digging equipment thanks to the modular pre boom arrangement and the hydraulically adjustable undercarriage that is available as an option and part of the machine specification for Wessex Demolition & Salvage.
Powered by a Volvo 13 litre engine developing 378hp, the 64-tonne EC480E has a maximum pin height of 28 metres. The maximum tool weight is 3 tonnes on the EC480E but with the hydraulically retractable undercarriage option, tool weight can be increased to 4 tonnes working at a maximum operating angle of 20°. When fully extended the undercarriage on the EC480E increases the width by one metre for extra stability.