“Volvo – it’s a quality brand…” says Bernard Appleton, Managing Director of BG Appleton Contracts Ltd near Maldon, Essex as he adds a new L50G loading shovel to his fleet of equipment.
“Traditionally we’ve operated an alternative make of machine although we knew Volvo stood for quality and commanded good residual values,” continues Mr Appleton. “We had the chance at our first Volvo a couple of years back when we purchased a second hand L25B compact loader from a local plant dealer. The machine had been left in an overgrown corner of their yard for something like six months, but it started first time and hasn’t been any trouble since.”
Mr Appleton was that impressed with his new charge that last year he purchased the current L25F compact loader from Volvo’s utility dealer for the area Capital Plant Solutions and just recently an L50G from Volvo. The L50G replaces a larger competitive machine but according to Mr Appleton is more suited to the application on his site handling and recycling green waste. “The machine is far more manoeuvrable and on average it’s only burning 4.2 litres of fuel an hour as opposed to the previous machine which was consuming three times as much,” he says. Rehandling and recycling up to 30000 tonnes of green waste per annum, loading screens and lorries is the prime duty for the L50G using a set of fork tines with top clamp, but BG Appleton Contracts Ltd also has contracts with the local authorities for snow clearance and road maintenance so on occasions the machine has the flexibility to be deployed onto these other duties with a range of rehandling buckets. Similarly the L25F can be found keeping the Maldon site tidy but is also used extensively on road cleaning contracts together with a highly specified Holms hydraulic sweeper.
The L50G benefits from excellent all round visibility due to the design of the rear chassis and its sloping engine hood. This is facilitated by the transverse mounted Stage IIIB compliant engine and hydrostatic motor. The operator’s environment has been recognised as a key factor in achieving high productivity and the Volvo Care Cab is at the forefront of delivering a high level of operator comfort. All the machine’s controls and functions come easily to hand and air conditioning is of course standard. The engine’s output of 116hp is superbly matched to the hydrostatic transmission allowing full power shift under load when changing direction and between speed ranges. As with its bigger brothers in the range the L50G sports a Torque Parallel (TP) loader linkage which provides smooth, parallel lift, high roll back torque and good lifting power throughout the lift cycle. The Volvo hydraulic attachment bracket facilitates the easy change-over of attachments which is of vital to Bernard Appleton’s range of applications and armoury of implements.
The Volvo L50G wheeled loader features separate power steering and load-sensing hydraulic pumps. The advantage of this is that separate pumps ensure full steering power is achieved, regardless of the load on the main hydraulic pumps. Oil flow on the load-sensing pump automatically adjusts to match work demand. The result is lower fuel consumption during lighter work – along with no compromise in performance when operating in tough conditions or demanding applications. The machine has also been equipped with 3rd & 4th hydraulic services to facilitate the easy use of variable flow hydraulic attachments. Other options include boom suspension providing a smooth ride control across site with full grab loads, a screen guard and reversible cooling fan.
Bernard Appleton established his company back in 1963, securing a contract loading lorries with grit in the hard winter of that year, acquiring a new tractor with the proceeds. The company continues to provide a long standing service to the local Essex highways authorities besides developing and investing in its green waste recycling business. The company also screens soils and has a concrete crushing division.
Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.
April 22, 2014
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