Since setting up his plant and contracting business eight years ago, owner Sam Marles has only just changed his preference for operating an alternative make of machine, driven mostly by the previous lack of product support and poor machine reliability. “Most of our work is contracting to Western Power Distribution which means we have to be ready to react to demand 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that’s just not possible when machine reliability and lack of after- market support become a major threat to the business,” explains Sam. “I was aware of Plant & Engineering Services and had good third party reports about how they go about supporting their customers so decided to put them and our first Volvo to the test and I have to say I’m really pleased with my decision,” he continues.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s all there,” exclaims Sam. “The ECR28 has a good roomy cab, it’s comfortable to operate, responsive and easy to maintain. The zero swing capability is an absolute must for working in tight confines -It’s certainly been a good decision.”
The ECR28 is powered by a Volvo 1.2 litre low emission engine developing 18.1hp which in turn is coupled to a closed centre load sensing hydraulic system. This gives simultaneous control of slew and offset movements and 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. The ECR28 features Volvo’s industry-leading comfortable cab for less fatigue and more production. The ergonomically-designed cab offers greater leg and foot room, making it one of the most spacious in its category.
Sam Marles Plant Hire is a family run business which has an established reputation for providing a quality service operating within the South West Commercial and Domestic construction market for over 8 years.