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CD McNeill gets to grips with new Volvo EC27C

Digger Blogger | 19:59, Thu March 07 2013

Highland based civil contractor CD McNeill has purchased a second EC27C as part of a reinvestment programme as the family owned business moves into a new phase of its development.

The new EC27C is the latest machine to join McNeill’s contracting fleet, replacing one of the first of the EC27Cs to be sold in Great Britain some four years ago.

This latest edition coincides with proprietor Danny McNeill’s son Grant joining the family business, having graduated from university and spending some time with Tarmac’s National Contracting Division.  Grant says he is keen to play his part in expanding the business portfolio of clients and indeed projects, which currently include: The Highland Council, Scottish Water, NHS Highland, Forestry Commission and long term sea defence contracts.

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The new EC27C joins a mixed fleet of equipment, which includes compact excavators up to 7 tonnes, site dumpers and rollers. The EC27C is powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low emission Stage III engine coupled to a load sensing hydraulic system for optimum performance and fuel saving. Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides faster, more precise performance due to the right joystick control lever that features an electronically proportional roller. This allows the operator to accurately adjust hydraulic flow as needed. All hydraulic functions are performed in total independence for more control and less delay when handling multiple tasks. An automatic two-speed travel system engages when operating in high speed mode, automatically shifting gear from high to low according to the travel load. Another feature for increased efficiency is the standard auto-idling system that lowers engine speed to idle if a control is not used for five seconds. The engine reverts to the pre-selected speed almost instantly when any control is moved. This system delivers lower fuel consumption, longer engine life and less environmental noise.

A real plus point on the EC27C is the cab (pictured below) with loads of leg and foot room; the McNeill's machine features the optional high back seat which includes the servo hydraulics levers, giving that little bit of extra comfort.

Thanks for the update guys. We wish Danny and Grant all the very best with the new kit and of course the expansion plans. Look out for them in action throughout the Highlands, Ross & Cromarty and Inverness.

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