East Lothian firm sticks with Volvo

AN East Lothian hire firm has splashed out on a new fourteen-tonne Volvo EC140E to replace an EC140B that had completed 17,000 “trouble-free” hours.

A M Dagg’s new machine will be deployed on a long-standing hire contract with a large construction company operating in Scotland’s central belt.

“We’ve had a good experience operating all of our Volvo machines over a long period of time,” explained plant manager Scott Gordon. “Our operators certainly appreciate the Volvo machines in regard to the 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 we have a very good relationship and understanding with the SMT team at Stirling. 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 EC140E features a four-cylinder Stage-IV compliant Volvo engine developing 122 nett hp. When Eco-mode is selected, the machine is said to provide better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions.

Scott added, “So far, we’re really pleased with the new E-version in every respect, particularly with the arrangement of the operator’s compartment. The Volvo cab has plenty of leg room and good all round visibility thanks to the side and rear mounted cameras which is a real boon working on confined sites. It’s certainly a hit with our machine operator and we are confident we will get a similar length of the service to the old B with the EC140E.”