GCE Hire Fleet Ltd of Whittlesey near Peterborough has added two new Volvo A45Gs to its park of predominantly Volvo badged equipment.
“We have a long association with Volvo Construction Equipment products operating excavators, loading shovels and articulated haulers,” says GCE’s Managing Director, Chris Golborne. “This, however, is the first time we’ve opted for A45Gs as we feel the larger truck will open up new opportunities for our hire division along with our existing Volvo EC380 and EC480 excavators going forwards.”
With a carrying capacity of 41 tonnes and a heaped capacity of 26.2m³ using the overhung tailgate option, the Volvo A45G has a maximum speed of 57kph. Powered by the latest Stage-IV Volvo 16-litre engine developing 476 net horsepower, it features high torque at low engine speeds, resulting in good fuel efficiency, high performance, fast engine response and a long service life. The whole powertrain is designed and purpose built ensuring the best use is made of the available power and torque, even in tough working conditions. The engine in the drivetrain is matched to a torque converter with built in lock-up function and fitted with a fully automatic and adaptive transmission. The drivetrain features Volvo’s Automatic Traction Control (ATC) system as standard, which prevents operators leaving their haulers permanently set in all-wheel drive mode, even when not needed, for example on good or paved roads, when only 6X4 drive is required. ATC automatically disengages the rear axle when not needed, eliminating tyre skid when cornering and reducing tyre wear. However, when ATC system does sense slippage, the longitudinal differential lock and the 6x6 clutch are engaged together: this gives the hauler the optimum traction in all conditions.
Whilst the A45Gs have been supplied with standard body liners, GCE Hire Fleet has specified the factory fitted body warming option on both trucks and has taken out Volvo Blue service agreements meaning they will be serviced at the correct intervals by Volvo trained engineers using genuine Volvo parts.
GCE Hire Fleet Ltd offers a wide range of equipment for operated and non-operated hire nationwide, supported by a comprehensive fleet of plant vehicles and low loaders. The company, which was established back in 1985 by Chris Golborne and now employs twenty personnel, has recently moved into new premises which includes offices and workshops within its 11,500 ft² footprint on the Ashley Industrial Estate, Whittlesey.
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