So says Mark Preece, Proprietor of MK Preece Excavations as he sums up his appraisal of his latest Volvo compact excavator, the Volvo EC27C.
Purchasing his latest Volvo machine is nothing new to Mark Preece who has been running Volvo compact excavators for the last fifteen years or so. “My first introduction was back in 1997 just as Volvo had taken over the old Pel Job brand and with all the Volvo compact excavators I’ve owned and operated since, I’ve only ever had to replace a ram seal, an O ring and a couple of pipes,” he says. “The product has really been first class and I cannot fault it.”
Replacing his two and a half tonne EC25 was going to be a hard act to follow yet Mark Preece has been more than suitably impressed with his new acquisition – the EC27C. “I’m very pleased with the build quality and the fact that Volvo has retained the cast sections in the digging equipment. The relationship between the boom and arm geometry in terms of reach and the ability to get close into the blade is excellent. The overall balance of the machine easily matches my old EC25 and was one of the main reasons for sticking with Volvo,” continues Mark.
The EC27C replaces the previous EC25 and EC30 models. Powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low emission Stage III the machine delivers the performance in the range of the previous Volvo EC30 – yet with a compact design reminiscent of the smaller EC25. The conventional excavator design provides exceptional stability along with minimal superstructure swing. 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. “Volvo has certainly got the cab right on this machine,” says Mark Preece who being 6’2” tall appreciates the spaciousness and the comfort of the operating environment. Optional air conditioning with an included heater is also available, for year-round productivity in hot, humid or cold climates.
Mark Preece Excavations specialises in bespoke ground work contracts specifically for the erection of steel framed buildings nationwide. The company is located at Hankelow to the south west of Crewe in Cheshire.
Seddons (Plant & Engineers) Ltd is Volvo Construction Equipment’s appointed dealer for the range of Volvo utility equipment covering the north west of England.
Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility and road machinery 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 Great Britain.
February 10, 2014
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