Since establishing his business four years ago Simon Richardson has substantially increased his contracting portfolio in the Borders forestry industry using excavators supplied by Volvo Construction Equipment.
Specializing in contract work for the Forestry Commission in the Borders area as well as land maintenance on large estates Mr Richardson started out with a fourteen tonne EC140BLC. It wasn't long before a second EC140B was acquired and soon after that, he traded up to the EC160B with its larger engine capacity and productivity.
Now Simon Richardson has expanded yet again taking delivery of three Volvo C series excavators to cover new contracts he has undertaken. The deal includes two seventeen tonne EC160C LC's for general contracting duties on private estates and Forestry Commission land and the larger twenty one tonne EC210C LC which has been specifically purchased for a new contract with Euroforest Ltd.
Equipped with a bespoke stump puller the EC210C is deployed on areas where forests have been felled but the brash and tree stumps have been left untouched. Using the combined breakout force of the bucket cylinder coupled to an additional cylinder mounted on the underside of the dipper arm the EC210C provides ample force for the Lemac stump puller to literally prise the tree stumps from situ. Once wrested from the ground the stumps and brash are left to dry in wind rows before being uplifted by forwarding machines to collection areas. The material is finally chipped and shredded to provide fuel for the recently commissioned 'Eon' biomass generating plant located at Lockerbie.
"My Volvo's have been first class machines to operate and the reliability has been fantastic," commented Simon. "I'm really impressed with the fuel economy, power and performance of my new EC160C and so far the concept of pulling tree stumps with the larger EC210C is working really well."
Installed with the new Tier III compliant Volvo D6 engine developing 118 and 150net hp respectively, the C series EC160 and 210 machines offer high torque at low rpm, leading to ultra-efficient fuel consumption. The engine is impossible to stall as the onboard computer balances maximum available power to hydraulic output, preventing the engine from becoming overloaded (regardless of engine speed or pump demand). Fitted with optional 800mm track pads providing low ground pressure - essential for working on boggy ground the total operating weights are slightly increased on both models to 17.7 and 22.3 tonnes.
The new C series excavators from Volvo offer a larger Care Cab providing more room for the operator. Visibility has also much improved over the B model - especially upper and lower visibility in the operator's field of view. A Multi-adjustable seat, pedals and joystick offer the perfect operating position and the enhanced suspension system surpasses emerging cab vibration requirements, reducing operator fatigue and whole body vibration. A new colour LCD display is easy to read, also in very bright conditions and offers real time information.
Simon Richardson is based in Langholm, east of Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway.
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