Perthshire firm doubles up on Volvo compacts

ABERFELDY-based D K Plant Hire has bought two Volvo compact excavators for the first time. The Perthshire business took the decision following a demonstration by SMT GB’s utility dealer, CS Machinery Sales.

The machines are a zero swing, two-and-a-half tonne ECR25D and a one-and-a-half tonne EC18D.

Proprietor Danny Kirk explained, “We established a very good relationship with Calum Shaw at CS Machinery and opted for the Volvo excavators for the first time, as part of an overall package for equipment. They certainly have quality built in and, so far, I’ve been delighted with their performance and reliability.”

The ECR25D is the smallest zero swing model in the Volvo compact excavator range, and is powered by a 1.1 litre low emission engine. The model comes with a choice of short or long dipper arm, giving a reach of either 4.48 or 4.77 metres, and a dig depth measuring from 2.67 to 2.96 metres.

Both machines feature automatic two-speed travel, automatically shifting gear from high to low, according to the travel load. The EC18D also has a hydraulically extendable undercarriage as standard.