Sixteen tonne machine purchase makes “perfect sense” for East Lothian hirer

THE decision to purchase a new Volvo excavator has been described as making “perfect sense” for A M Dagg Plant Hire following past experience with the machines.

The East Lothian firm has taken delivery of a sixteen tonne EC160E crawler excavator to replace an EC160B which has been in service for 17,000 “trouble free” hours.

Plant manager Scott Gordon explained, “Overall we’ve had a good experience operating all of our Volvo machines over the last twelve years or so including the sixteen tonner, EC140Bs, the BL71 backhoe loader and previously to that, Samsung excavators.

“Our operators certainly appreciate the Volvo machines in regard to comfort in the cab, the controllability, digging performance and overall build quality. In addition, Volvo has provided us with very good back up when it’s been needed and that is extremely important for a busy plant hire concern such as ourselves. The residual values on the Volvos are very strong too, so opting for another new Volvo excavator for our mixed plant fleet made perfect sense.”

The EC160E is powered by a Tier IV final 4 litre Volvo engine developing 148 nett horsepower. Work modes include I-idle, F-fine, G-general, H-heavy or P-power. Volvo said the machine automatically sets the appropriate engine speed for the work mode and ECO mode is a new feature that works in G to H (or P) mode.