“The tyre chains are a significant investment,” says Richard Webb, operations manager. “But it’s worth it when you consider both the machine’s application coupled with the cost of replacing large earth moving tyres.”
The L350F-Series wheel loader has replaced a Volvo L330C-Series that was acquired by the company in 1998 and although it’s still in full working order it’s now being used for less grueling duties, having already clocked up more than 21,000 hours. Such is its productivity that the new wheel loader also frees up an 80 tonne excavator that can now be used to feed the crusher.
“The fact that the L330C-Series has soldiered on for much longer than expected is testament to the product,” says Webb. “After our evaluation of the market and the package on offer from Volvo – as well as a long standing working relationship with its UK team – we consider the L350F the best replacement.”
The Volvo L350F wheel loader offers fuel economy and high productivity because of a combination of its Tier 3/Stage III Volvo engine, stronger hydraulics, a Volvo transmission with lock-up and Volvo designed and manufactured axles. As a result, the L350F is easy and comfortable to operate, leading to fast cycle times and sustained high performance throughout the working day – with reduced operator fatigue an added bonus. The operator can enjoy the spacious air-conditioned Volvo Care Cab that is insulated from noise, dust and vibrations due to viscous cab mounts and the suspended seat.
“We are more than happy with our Volvo machines,” adds Webb. “As our older machines age I’m sure we will take on younger recruits.”
Picture 1: A Volvo wheel loader and articulated
hauler work together.
Picture 2: The L350F is all chained up
Picture 3: The Linhay Quarry in Devon.
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