Keeping things on track

An Ayr-based groundworks contractor turned to Volvo in its search for a reliable machine
An Ayr-based groundworks contractor turned to Volvo in its search for a reliable machine

DRAWING on years of experience working for other utility contractors in Scotland’s Central Belt, father and son team Joe and Kevin Kominski decided to strike out on their own and set up their own groundworks and utilities contracting business at the start of 2013.

Specialising in the complete installation of traffic light and street lighting systems along with general groundworks projects the newly formed Glen Maree Contracts Ltd was in need of a mini excavator and turned to Volvo Construction Equipment for the solution.
Initially Messrs Kominski opted for a 1.7-tonne Volvo EC17C for their business complete with cab and a selection of buckets. “We wanted a machine we knew we could depend on for maximum uptime and total reliability and the range of Volvo compact excavators have a good reputation in the market,” says Kevin Kominski.
“As the business has grown significantly, with contracts awarded in Ayrshire and West Lothian in the last eight months we needed a second machine for the work we are undertaking and this time opted for the slightly larger EC18C with the added advantage of its hydraulically adjustable undercarriage,” he continues. “So far we can’t fault the product but it’s re-assuring to know we can rely on Volvo for service and back up with a support centre based down the road at Stirling.”
The Volvo EC17C and EC18C are two of four machines ranging between 1.5 and 2.0 tonnes and are powered by a 12.3 Kw (16.8hp) engine. The machines feature automatic two-speed travel with the EC18C benefitting from extendable undercarriage as standard.
The hydraulic hoses for the digging equipment are now routed through the boom and cylinders are top mounted to minimize on site damage. The machines supplied to Glen Maree Contracts feature a full cabs – a canopy version is also available. The 1.8-tonne compact excavator also benefits from load-sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times, even when carrying out multiple functions. Maximum dig depth is a generous 2.3 metres.
A single-piece engine hood provides unobstructed access to all the engine components whilst the instrument panel provides at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions. The cab’s easy-to-clean flat floor panel lifts for access to hydraulics and main control valve.