Selkirk contractor opts for “versatile and stable” Volvo excavator

THE ‘Christmas tree’ approach has been used to specify a new Volvo machine for a Selkirk-based contractor.

Davidson Land Services recently took delivery of the firm’s first ‘large’ Volvo excavator: a reduced swing ECR145E. Having previously operated compacts, the model is the first general purpose Volvo excavator to be added to the fleet.

Proprietor Malcolm Davidson said he was “very impressed” with the build quality and the high level of options offered on the ECR145. From the ground up, the machine has been equipped with optional 750mm track pads and heavy-duty dozer blade.

Meanwhile, at the ‘business end’ of the machine, Malcolm opted for a two-piece adjustable boom and 2.5m dipper arm to facilitate the fitting of an Engcon tiltrotator. As well as the hammer shear hydraulics which are fitted as standard, the machine also boasts the X3 rotation circuit. The specification called for the boom float option, reversible fan, additional work lights on the superstructure and equipment and bio degradable oil.

“A proportion of our work is contracting to Scottish Water for both general maintenance as well as emergency call outs, so having the ECR145 installed with biodegradable hydraulic oil is a must,” Malcolm explained. “The combination of the reduced swing radius, wider track pads, two-piece boom and tiltrotator makes the ECR145 an extremely versatile and stable machine to operate – especially in confined spaces.”

The 16.7 tonne machine is powered by a Stage-IV 4-litre Volvo engine. The model has a maximum reach of 8.6 metres, a digging depth of 5.6 metres and a lifting capacity of 1.7 tonnes across carriage in the worst position.