Simon Brooks, proprietor of plant hire and groundworking contractors R J Brooks & Son Ltd of Crediton, Devon, has ordered his third Volvo mini excavator thanks to the performance and reliability of his three year old EC18C model and original Volvo ECR58 and also due to the service and support provided by Volvo’s utility dealer – Plant & Engineering Services.
R J Brooks & Son Ltd is a family run business centred at Crediton, Devon undertaking all manner of groundworking contracts from small private jobs to large £1m plus projects. The recent addition of a Volvo ECR28 zero swing mini excavator is the third Volvo machine Mr Brooks has owned, and was chosen thanks to a good experience with his three year old EC18C which has clocked up 1900 hours and a previously owned ECR58. “The EC18C has and continues to be a cracking machine but we just needed something that could provide a little extra in terms of reach and capacity yet remain compact for the type of work we are undertaking and opted to add the ECR28 to the fleet and so far its ticking all of the boxes,” says Simon Brooks. “It’s also re-assuring to know we can rely on Volvo’s local dealer for service and back up and the team at Plant & Engineering Services do just that,” he continued.
The ECR28 is powered by a Volvo 1.2 litre low emission engine developing 18.1hp which in turn is coupled to a closed centre load sensing hydraulic system. This gives simultaneous control of slew and offset movements and provides faster, more precise performance due to the right joystick control lever that features an electronically proportional roller. This allows the operator to accurately adjust hydraulic flow as needed. All hydraulic functions are performed in total independence for more control and less delay when handling multiple tasks. An automatic two-speed travel system engages when operating in high speed mode, automatically shifting gear from high to low according to the travel load. Another feature for increased efficiency is the standard auto-idling system that lowers engine speed to idle if a control is not used for five seconds. The engine reverts to the pre-selected speed almost instantly when any control is moved. This system delivers lower fuel consumption, longer engine life and less environmental noise. The ECR28 features Volvo’s industry-leading comfortable cab for less fatigue and more production. The ergonomically-designed cab offers greater leg and foot room, making it one of the most spacious in its category.
R J Brooks & Son has been completing a wide range of construction activities including civil engineering, road construction & ground works since the company started in 1993. The new Volvo ECR28 which joins the existing EC18C was supplied by Plant & Engineering Services of Beare, near Exeter , the Volvo utility equipment dealer for the south west of England.
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December 11, 2013
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