Volvo soil compactors roll out to CRH Plant
Founded in 1965 by the current Chairman, David Wales, Cotswold Roller Hire Ltd (CRH) has been synonymous with soil compaction products since its inception being one of the original pioneers of vibratory rollers. With its head office based near Evesham in the heart of England and with a fleet of some 120 self propelled rollers ranging between 2.5 and 20 tonnes, this continues to be the company’s core activity although other complementary products feature in its hire fleet such as mini excavators up to eight tonnes and site dumpers up to 4 tonnes capacity. CRH has also developed a leading position in the hire of welfare facilities for construction sites.
Having built up a good relationship and experienced a high degree of after sales support from Volvo’s road machinery division based at Addlington under its previous ownership, CRH’s Managing Director Neville Thomas has had no reservations in wanting to continue the trend. “Nearly half our self propelled roller fleet is made up of the previously badged IR models and we can only see the Volvo brand enhancing what we feel is already a quality product,” he said.
A total of six, twelve tonne SD122DX soil compactors in the striking new Volvo livery have joined the fleet supplied with both smooth drum and optional bolt on pad foot drum. According to Mr Thomas the SD range of machines are very well specified with a comfortable operator’s compartment and excellent access to servicing points. “In particular what gives the mid sized SD122DX the competitive edge is its ability to tackle steep gradients and batters up to 75% in gradient,” continued Neville Thomas. “The high level of traction is really appreciated by our customers such as Moulding Contracts Ltd who specialise in cell construction for landfill sites.” The higher than average level of traction is thanks to Volvo’s Ultra Grade traction system giving the machine the ability to climb steep slopes without interruption with Anti-Slip-Control (ASC) optimising the power between the front drum and rear wheels.
With six depots strategically placed around England and Wales and a new facility about to be opened in Stanley near Newcastle, after sales support is critical to CRH’s operations. Mr Thomas sees the strength of Volvo’s network of customer support centres, also strategically placed around the country, as a very positive reason to continue with the newly badged range of Volvo self propelled rollers.
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.