Excavator purchase is a dream come true for Matthew

Matthew Donaghy receives the machine from Volvo area business manager Gerry Logue

THE owner of a Glasgow groundworks firm has fulfilled a childhood dream by purchasing his own Volvo excavator.

Matthew Donaghy founded Emmatt Construction Ltd two years ago. He has taken delivery of a new  EC160E, which will be put to work on projects in Scotland’s central belt.

He explained, “I’ve always had an interest in diggers since I was a lad and when I went to university to train as a quantity surveyor I would always have a scale model of a Volvo close by to distract me!

“Moving on and having had the chance to operate a variety of excavators on job sites, I quickly formed a positive opinion about Volvo machines.”

Emmatt Construction works closely with Elgin-based housebuilder Springfield Homes, who specialise in redeveloping brownfield sites. “We have been sub- contracting to Springfield Homes from the outset and with the amount of building projects starting up here in the central belt of Scotland it was time to add a second and slightly larger machine to the fleet,” Matthew added. “So I took the opportunity of taking an EC160 on demonstration which endorsed my earlier experiences of operating a Volvo and I’m really pleased with my decision.

“The larger EC160E has plenty of power and enough digging depth for the work we undertake yet is highly manoeuvrable on some of the more confined sites.”

The EC160E features a Tier IV final 4 litre Volvo engine developing 148 nett horsepower. Operators can select from several work modes including I-idle, F-fine, G-general, H-heavy or P-power, with the machine automatically setting the appropriate engine speed. Volvo said that 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”.