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McGee Group puts Volvo to the test

The reputation Volvo Construction Equipment has gained over many years for its after sales service and support was the major deciding factor for Wembley based McGee Group Ltd to put Volvo to the test for the first time.

With more and more restrictions being imposed on working practices on sites in Greater and Central London, maximising the 'up time' of front line excavation and demolition equipment is of paramount importance to a company such as the McGee Group Ltd. "It's imperative that we can rely on our service providers to respond to any problems or breakdowns," comments Pete Duggan, McGee Group's Director of Plant and Transport. "Whilst we are new to the Volvo product we are well aware of their reputation for after sales support and this is why we have decided to put their excavators to the test for the first time."

In all two twenty one tonne EC210C excavators and two forty six tonne EC460C crawler excavators have been selected to join McGee's plant fleet comprising of some sixty plus excavators. All four machines have been supplied fully prepared for demolition duties including full heavy duty FOGS guarding, underbelly protection, side protection and additional hydraulic services for hammer / shear and other attachments requiring hydraulic rotation. In addition, one EC460C will be equipped with a bespoke set of equipment designed and built for McGee by Messrs Kokurek of Ipswich to enable it to excavate deep shaft workings to a depth of 23metres. This involves a modular boom joint, additional counterweight, modified dipper arm to accept a telescoping pole with digging grab which will also facilitate loading lorries at ground level.

Volvo C series excavators are powered by Volvo Tier III low-emission engines which contribute to an excellent performance and are well matched to the machine's hydraulics providing high efficiency, rapid dig cycles and low fuel consumption. The EC210C is installed with a 6 litre engine developing 150 nett hp whilst the larger EC460C sports a 12 litre engine with a nett output of 320hp. An advanced mode control system ensures the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. In addition, boom and arm geometry provide highly competitive digging forces and lifting capacities, which makes for faster work cycles.

The McGee Group Ltd, based in Wembley, North London is recognised as one of the U.K's largest Demolition and Earthworks specialists carrying out some of the most intricate and pioneering demolition projects all over the country.

Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd market wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo Compact Equipment and Volvo road machinery products. Nine strategically placed customer support centres and a network of compact equipment dealers ensure high quality customer support throughout Great Britain.