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Volvo L70F is ‘clean and green’

Volvo L70F is ‘clean and green’ at WJ & AJW Ryman

WJ & AJW Ryman of Wall near Lichfield, Staffs has opted for a Volvo L70F for its green composting division and continues a long association with Volvo that's lasted for over twenty five years.

For Andrew Ryman and his sons Richard and Stuart, opting once again for a Volvo loading shovel brings back a lot of memories to the time when father and then, very young sons, purchased a Volvo BM 4200 in 1983. Purchased after a chance visit to the Volvo stand at a potato event held on the Royal Showground, the machine was put to work on Mr Ryman's 1000 acre farm on the outskirts of Lichfield. Soon after, the performance, reliability and operator comfort prompted the purchase of an L30 that was sold by a young area manager working at that time for Volvo BM. "And the very same machine sold by your now European President, Chris Rees, is still at work twenty years later," muses Andrew Ryman. "Since then we reckon that the machine has handled well in excess of 100,000 tonnes of sugar beet as well as a multitude of other crops we harvest on the farm with just one engine rebuild," he continues.

With arable farming as its main concern WJ & AJW Ryman has diversified some of its operation to concentrate on processing green waste. Now in its fourth year and with a substantial growth in recycling green waste brought to a bespoke processing pad by local authorities, tree surgeons and the like, 'Greener Composting' has invested in a new Volvo L70F to spearhead this activity. "Of course the new loading shovel is a quantum leap from the older Volvo's, but we've ensured we've opted for the right size and specification to take this business forward," says Richard Ryman. And the new L70F is very highly specified indeed with CDC (comfort drive control), boom suspension and third and fourth line hydraulics to operate a 4m³ high tip bucket complete with top clamp.

The all new F series Volvo wheeled loaders launched during 2007 feature Tier III compliant engines, new transmissions and an all new operator's compartment. With load sensing hydraulics, efficient combustion and first class operator comfort these new models are the most modern up to date general purpose wheeled loaders on the market. The L70F specifically, is installed with a six litre 170 hp Volvo engine providing maximum torque at 1600rpm and has an operating weight of just over 12 tonnes.

The new machine will act as the prime mover for the whole composting process from loading fresh material arriving at the pad into a shredder, to turning the wind rows and handling the finished product. A total of 19500 tonnes of material was processed during 2007 with all the finished compost being spread across the fields of the family's farm.

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