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2nd time around for Andrew Williamson

Andrew Williamson Contractors purchase a replacement BL71 for their contracting business

Having originally taken delivery of the very first BL71 sold in Scotland back in 2003, Andrew Williamson Contractors has purchased a replacement machine for their contracting business.

"We took a chance on a brand new model to the market in 2003, but in fairness, the BL71 has given us good service and reliability throughout," commented proprietor Andrew Williamson as he took delivery of his new BL71 Plus at this year's Scot Plant show. "We've had the machine nearly five years now so decided it was time to trade the machine for the latest version complete with powershift transmission and servo controls," he continued.

The BL71 Plus with powershift transmission is powered by a Volvo 4 cylinder low emission engine developing 100 nett hp. The carefully matched drive train provides high fuel efficiency and in addition, a fuel tank of 120 litres capacity keeps the BL71 working longer between top ups.

The box-welded front loading arms are shaped to follow the line of the engine cover for good visibility, while its self levelling system (with 'float' and 'return to dig' modes) allows the operator to concentrate on machine positioning. With its load sensing hydraulic system, the BL71 Plus provides a flow sharing system allowing simultaneous operation of two or more functions. This coupled to servo controls of both the loader and backacter functions provides a smooth control and adds to operator comfort. The centre mounted bucket cylinder also affords the operator a high degree of visibility at the bucket end and due to how it is mounted, provides optimum digging power.

The loader arm has a lift capacity of 3154kg while bucket breakout force is a generous 55.4 kN. At the rear of the machine, the side shifting backacter with extendible dipper gives a maximum reach and dig depth of 6.78m and 5.34m respectively and a practical load over height of 4.5m. The backhoe cylinders are cushioned to eliminate jolting and the rigid hydraulic lines are cleanly routed inside the boom.

Andrew Williamson Contractors are based in Newburgh, Fife and provide a contracting service in the Fife area. Mr Williamson's second machine has been supplied with support from Volvo Financial Services.

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.