Growing business takes the plunge with 14-tonne digger

A Volvo 14-tonne excavator has been bought by Lanark-based C L Drainage and Fencing as a result of the firm’s co-founders’ experience with the brand at a previous company.

David Clark and John Longmuir set the business up in September 2018, specialising in agricultural contracting, land drainage, fencing, road construction and maintenance on farms and privately owned estates.

The business partners decided to buy a new Volvo EC140E following an evaluation. David explained, “We both worked for A R Lyon Land Drainage Contractors and have had good experience operating the Volvo fourteen-tonner, which we found to be a very productive and reliable machine. When Alasdair passed away, it was his widow who helped us get set up in our new venture by leasing us his EC140E and other equipment.

“Our first year has been very encouraging, so much so that we took the decision to buy our own fourteen-tonne machine. We looked at the market in detail and had several makes on demonstration, but the Volvo EC140E ticked all of the boxes for us.”

The EC140E features a four-cylinder Stage V compliant Volvo engine, developing 122 nett hp. Visibility is enhanced by a 14 vent climate control system, which provides the cab with a pressurised and filtered air supply. An adjustable LCD colour monitor provides real time details on matters such as the machine’s functions and diagnostic information. When in operation, the monitor doubles as a display for the rear-view camera.

The machine purchased by C L Drainage and Fencing features proportional hydraulic control to boost performance when it is being used with a tilting hitch, grading beam and tree shear that have been sourced locally.

John Longmuir commented, “For some additional peace of mind, we’ve taken out an extended warranty and SMT GB’s Level 1 CONNECT service agreement.”