So says James Isaac, proprietor of Hillside Building Services Ltd based at Landkey near Barnstaple as he takes delivery of his first Volvo mini excavator in the guise of a zero swing two and a half tonne ECR25D. The machine has been supplied by Volvo’s utility dealer for the south west of England - Plant & Engineering Services.
The new 2.5 tonne ECR25D replaces a slightly smaller competitive model and was chosen primarily for its optimum size for the typical work Mr Isaac’s building firm undertakes. “I needed to increase the size and operating capacity of the machine to tackle the wide variety of jobs we undertake,” explains James. “I took the ECR25D on demonstration to evaluate its performance from Plant and Engineering Services and it ticked all the boxes. It’s a very well balanced machine, has plenty of reach and dig depth and it’s the right size for moving it from site to site on our plant trailers.”
And so far the machine has continued to impress James Issac as he deploys it on typical work such as the laying of sewer pipes, installing utilities, digging footings and foundation work to the final landscaping once the buildings are up. “I’ve found the zero swing feature on the machine to be highly beneficial particularly when working on very confined building plots,” says James. “Not only that, I have established a good relationship with Plant & Engineering Services who have given me a high degree of confidence in any potential support I might need regarding parts and service availability as well as providing advice on selecting this latest model.”
The ECR25D is the smallest zero swing model in the Volvo compact excavator range and is powered by a 1.1 litre low emission engine developing 21hp. With an operating weight of 2.5 tonnes the ECR25D is available with a choice of short or long dipper arm giving a reach of either 4.48 metres or 4.77meters and a dig depth measuring from 2.67 metres to a generous 2.96 metres. The zero swing excavator design provides exceptional stability which can slew within the width of its tracks and is therefore ideal for much of James Isaac’s applications – for example working in close proximity to walls and fences yet with sufficient reach and dig depth for foundations and footings. Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides faster, more precise performance and 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.
Hillside Building Services provides a one stop shop for complete new house builds from the ground up including final landscaping and profiling besides undertaking extension work and new bathroom and kitchen installations. The company based at Landkey near Barnstaple covers the whole of North Devon and employs a total of six skilled trades’ people.
Plant and Engineering Services Ltd based at Beare near Exeter, is Volvo Construction Equipment’s utility dealer covering the south west of England, Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire
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