All Volvo, All the Time
The sheer power and versatility of the equipment was the big driver for Chris. Sitting in a Volvo loader, it was easy to tell the difference. Its hydraulics come easily under the command of the operator. Volvo's Comfort Drive Control knocks down repetitive wheel movements.
"The actual operation of the machine is as good as it gets," he said. "Your one hand can stay on the steering wheel the entire time and you can run the transmission and the bucket with the other hand. With five fingers, each has something you can do."
But it takes power to run a land-clearing operation. And for CS Carey, the formula is simple: Remove trees with a stout Volvo EC240B excavator and clean up the mess with his loaders.
"It can create extreme stress," he said of the nothing-fancy application.
The strength supplied by a Volvo L110E loader sets it apart. The superior power and torque of the Volvo 209-horsepower D7E engine is noticeable as the bucket drops while it is being filled. That cuts strain on the engine and reduces fuel consumption.
"It does a lot of work at low RPM," Chris said.
That's important for several reasons. In other machines, you can tell the difference after eight to 12 hours in the cab with your foot constantly on the gas pedal, Chris said.
"It may sound ridiculous, but your foot at the end of the day was just sore," Chris said. "Volvo is just really set up nice for the operator to be efficient. He can run it all day long."
Ninety percent of the time, Chris says, his operators rely on their 10- and 15-yard buckets, although from time to time they use forks to handle loads. In a land-clearing operation, the efficiency comes with quickness. As mulch pours out of grinders, it's got to be piled and loaded into trucks. Back at the yard, the material goes through additional rounds of grinding, screening and coloring. You don't want to wait at any stage.
"The bucket's fast. You're not waiting on the hydraulics - 'Come on, get up there,'" he says. "They just impressed me so much."
On this September day, two loaders were hustling mulch from a coloring machine to a pile near the front of the company's yard. It was fine stuff, ready for any kind of landscaping job.
Operator Kenny Clark had put 2,900 hours into his machine in the year's first nine months.
"I run it all day every day," he said, leaning out his window. He was using a 10-yard bucket to move material. "It's very dependable. I've never had it not start - even when it's 10 degrees outside."
Chris Carey has heard it all before. And he's taken notes.
"Every now and then, we rent a Deere or another competitor," Chris said. "There's no comparison. My operators get real upset with me if they're not driving Volvo."
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