Groundworks specialist opts for 14-tonne Volvo

A Stenhousemuir contractor has extended its tradition of buying Volvo 14-tonne excavators with the purchase of a new EC140E – with a second unit “tentatively” on order.

David Fisher Contracting will utilise the machines on a variety of projects around Scotland’s central belt, including general groundwork tasks for housing projects such as the laying of sewers.

“We’ve been operating Volvo 14-tonne excavators for quite a long time now and this new E-model replaces an EC140C which, to be perfectly honest, gave us a high level of reliability and operating uptime,” explained proprietor David Fisher. “We are in the process of replacing a D-series machine for a second EC140E as well. My operators really appreciate the cab comfort and the smoothness and precision of the machines’ controls. Our latest EC140E is proving to be very fuel-efficient too, so all-in-all we’re pleased with our latest addition.”

The EC140E is powered by four-cylinder Stage-IV compliant Volvo engine developing 122 nett hp. Pump flow is controlled for combined digging and swinging operations to reduce the flow loss through the overload relief valves, whilst maintaining digging power and “maximum” swing torque. When Eco-mode is selected, the machine is said to provide better fuel-efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions.

Visibility is enhanced by pressurised and filtered cab air supplied by a 14-vent, climate control system, while an LCD colour monitor provides real time information of machine functions, diagnostics and tool settings. The monitor also doubles as a viewer for the rear and side cameras.

David has taken out a Blue service agreement with SMT GB, meaning the new machines will be serviced using genuine Volvo parts.