TBS Hire Ltd of Great Barton near Bury St Edmunds adds more Volvo compact excavators as it continues to expand its growing hire fleet.
Up until two years ago, long established TBS Plant Hire and builders’ merchants was in a sorry state of decline and general neglect. But the company’s fortunes were about to change as husband and wife team, Trevor and Emma Jackson, took a leap of faith and bought the business in 2016 and set about its road to recovery. Their initial Volvo compact excavator was an EC15D which has since been joined by another 1.5-tonne excavator, a larger EC18D and most recently, two reduced swing ECR50Ds. These are now part of TBS’s growing fleet of mini excavators, rollers, dumpers and access equipment supported by a wide and comprehensive range of tool hire equipment.
“We came into the business with some background experience as I’m also involved in the family’s landscaping business,” explains Trevor Jackson. “Turning TBS around has been an exciting challenge. After one year of trading we recognized the need for some additional expertise and help moving the business forward, so we recruited Luke Driver as our full time Plant Manager. Luke brings a lot of experience to the business and in total, we now have nine employees fully engaged in our Plant and Tool hire operations,” he adds.
All the Volvo compact excavators have been supplied by SMT GB’s utility dealer for Norkolk and Suffolk – Contractors Equipment Sales (CES). “Besides having a good and positive relationship with the team at CES, we’re finding that our customers certainly appreciate the attributes of the Volvo product,” says Emma Jackson. “In particular they like the ease of entry and exit to the cab as well as the all - round operation and controllability of the machines.”
The ECR50Ds that have recently been added to the TBS fleet feature a fuel-efficient Volvo D2.6A four-cylinder engine brings a useful power increase too, with 41.8hp. Eco-plus preset engine rpm modes and an auto-idle function let the operator make the most of the machine’s power and economy. With load sensing, variable displacement hydraulics, plus flow sharing and proportional controls, the ECR50D also brings big machine capability to a compact package. With auxiliary lines and 75-litres/min oil flow, it offers much more than just the ability to dig holes.
The short radius swing excavator design provides exceptional stability and is ideal for working in confined spaces. 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 added bonus is the ability to operate the wide range of hydraulic attachments using proportional control if required.
“We’ll be looking to add more Volvo machines to our fleet,” says Trevor who recently took part in a customer clinic activity at Volvo Construction Equipment’s compact equipment manufacturing facility in Belley, France. “Seeing first-hand how the machines are built and the quality that goes into them has been a positive experience for us so we will certainly be adding more in the near future.”
Based at Great Barton just outside Bury St Edmunds, TBS Hire provides contractors, builders and home DIY enthusiasts in East Anglia and beyond with a complete range of plant equipment and tool hire.
Contractors Equipment Sales Ltd (CES) of Harrier Way, Norwich is SMT GBs utility equipment dealer covering Norfolk and Suffolk marketing the full range of Volvo compact excavators from 1.5 to 9 tonnes in operating weight.
SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.
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