Stuart Malcolmson Plant Ltd based at Sumburgh on the Shetland Isles continues to opt for models from Volvo’s excavator and compact excavator range by adding new EC27C’s and an EC140D.
“We’ve been operating Volvo compact excavators for several years now. They are economical to run, easy to work on and maintain and operator friendly,” says Proprietor Stuart Malcolmson. “But more importantly we continue to favour Volvo due to the after sales support we get from the team on the mainland – it’s second to none in our opinion,” And joining Mr Malcolmson’s fleet are a second EC27C Volvo compact excavator and a second fourteen tonne EC140D making five Volvo’s in total. The machines are deployed on a variety of house building and industrial building projects concentrated on Shetland’s mainland. In addition to its contracting arm Stuart Malcolmson also hires out his equipment for self-drive rental and operates a small quarry extracting stone and materials for the company’s building projects.
The EC27C is powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low emission Stage III engine coupled to a load sensing hydraulic system for optimum performance and fuel saving. Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements 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 EC27C 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. Optional air conditioning with an included heater is also available, for year-round productivity in hot, humid or cold climates.
The fourteen tonne EC140D is powered by a Volvo four cylinder D4H Stage IIIB engine developing 114hp which contributes to an excellent performance being well matched to the machine’s hydraulics. The machine’s ‘Integrated work mode control’ provides high efficiency, rapid dig cycles and low fuel consumption. This advanced mode control system ensures the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. In addition, boom and arm geometry provide highly competitive digging forces and lifting capacities, which makes for faster work cycles. And even working on fine grading jobs, the EC140D provides a high degree of accuracy due to the precise motion of the boom and arm geometry working seamlessly together. Hose rupture valves are fitted as standard to the boom and dipper cylinders as are quick fit hydraulics and a hammer/shear service.
The Volvo Care Cab offers a large roomy interior with plenty of leg room and foot space and is certainly appreciated by Stuart’s chief machine operator John Nicholls. “The machine has excellent all round visibility and the automatic climate system is a bonus – especially in the typical climate we get here on Shetland,” says John. An adjustable easy to read LCD colour monitor provides real time information of the machine functions, important diagnostic information and a wide variety of work tool settings. The monitor also doubles as a monitor for the rear view camera.
Having worked for large contractors Stuart Malcolmson started up his contracting business back in 1999 concentrating on agricultural contracting then moving into general house and general building construction and groundworks.
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March 21, 2014
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