Aberdeenshire firm at the double


ROY Cowie LBS Ltd of Banchory, Aberdeenshire has bought two Volvo compact excavators after using ScotPlant as a barometer for current market leading equipment.

The machines will be used by the firm’s hard landscaping and hire divisions. Specialising in hard and soft landscaping, tree surgery and grounds maintenance covering the north east of Scotland Roy Cowie LBS (Land Based Services) Ltd has opted for two new Volvo EC18C models, replacing similar sized competitive machines.

“We took a look at what was available at this year’s ScotPlant exhibition and with my own experience of operating Volvo machines in the past and what we had a look at, our preference was to opt for the Volvo product,” said Contracts Manager Cameron Paterson.

The new Volvo EC18C is one of four machines ranging between 1.5 and 2.0 tonnes and is powered by a 12.3 Kw (16.8hp) engine. It features automatic two speed travel and extendable undercarriage as standard.

Both machines have been supplied with Harford hydraulic quick hitches which were launched for the first time on the Volvo stand at this year’s ScotPlant show.

Both units will be put to work supporting the company’s squads of hard and soft landscapers on a whole range of commercial and domestic contracts across the north east of Scotland as well as in and around the Royal Estate at Balmoral. The machines can also be available for local hire.