A R Lyon Land Drainage Contractors has snapped up the first 14 tonne Volvo EC140 E series machine to be sold in Scotland, keeping up a long-held tradition.
The firm, based in Thankerton, South Lanarkshire, specialises in land drainage and ground working contracts for farm buildings and equestrian centres within the agricultural industry.
The EC140 purchase follows a tradition of operating Volvo 14 tonne excavators as this is the fourth machine to be bought by proprietor Alasdair Lyon. It joins an existing EC140B and an EC140D and was chosen thanks to the performance and reliability of its predecessors. Mr Lyon explained, “My Volvos have given good service and have been very reliable machines. With a sensible package on the table it made sense to opt for Volvo once again and so far the new EC140E is living up to my expectations.”
The EC140E features a Tier IV final 4 litre Volvo engine developing 121 nett horsepower. Operators can select from several work modes depending on the task at hand,. Modes include: I-idle, F-fine, G-general, H-heavy or P-power, with the machine automatically setting the appropriate engine speed for the work mode and ECO mode is a new feature that works in G to H (or P) mode. Pump flow is controlled for combined digging and swinging operations to reduce the flow loss through the overload relief valves, while maintaining digging power and maximum swing torque. Eco mode has been described by Volvo as providing better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions.