Volvo excavators to see Direct action

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Hire Direct’s MD Mark Evans (left) takes delivery from SM Plant’s Simon Milligan with Volvo’s Dealer Development Manger Guy Adam.

HIRE Direct Plant and Tool of Ascot Berkshire has added seven Volvo EC15C and 14 Volvo ECR25D compact excavators to its fleet of mobile equipment.

The deal represents a partial replacement but is mainly a decision by Managing Director Mark Evans to invest in additional equipment since the company is witnessing a significant improvement in the demand for hire.

Although no strangers to Volvo, the EC15C’s purchased back in July and the substantial number of ECR25D’s just supplied and delivered by Volvo’s utility equipment dealer SM Plant Ltd follow the first Volvo minis purchased back in 2009 by Hire Direct Plant & Tool.“The ECR48’s we purchased back then are still in our hire fleet and have given exceptional service,” said Mark Evans. “As we were in the market to add additional machines to our 120 strong excavator fleet, Simon Milligan and his team from SM Plant supported by Volvo were on hand and willing to put an attractive package together. The combination of the original machines’ performance and the attention given to our needs won the business.”

The ECR25D is a relatively new model in the Volvo compact excavator range replacing the previous ECR28 zero swing machine and is powered by a 1.1 litre low emission engine developing 21hp. With an operating weight of 2.5 tonnes the ECR25D is available with a choice of short or long dipper arm giving a reach of either 4.48 metres or 4.77meters and a dig depth measuring from 2.67 metres to 2.96 metres. The zero swing excavator design provides exceptional stability which can slew within the width of its tracks and is therefore ideal for working in close proximity to walls and abutments when digging footings etc.

Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides faster, more precise performance and 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.