Perth business uses new digger to boost Covid Urgent Appeal funds

PERTH-based civil engineering contractor I & H Brown has added a 30-tonne Volvo EC300E to its fleet, with the machine now helping to raise money for the Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, launched by the NHS Charities Together.

The EC300E is working on a project near Edinburgh for I & H Brown’s client, Winchburgh Developments. I & H Brown will donate all profits arising from the deployment of the machine onsite over the coming year to the charity, with that amount being matched equally by Winchburgh Developments.

The excavator has been christened ‘The Lockdown Ranger’ by a local school pupil.

Another Perth firm, Write On Sign & Display, designed and applied the graphics free of charge.

I & H Brown already runs Volvo articulated haulers and wheeled excavators, but this is the first 30-tonne crawler digger sporting Volvo branding to join the fleet.

Plant director Robert Brown said, “Good and consistent aftersales support that Volvo, and now SMT GB, has provided over the years is an important factor for us in our purchasing criteria, and is one of the main reasons for opting for this particular machine.”

The excavator features a six-cylinder Stage V compliant Volvo engine, developing 243hp. With its 6.2m boom and 3.05m intermediate length dipper arm, the EC300E has a forward reach of 10.7m and a dig depth of 7.3m, coupled with a lifting capacity of 3.8 tonnes at full reach across carriage. A 2.0m³ direct mount rock bucket was specified for working in hard digging conditions.