"It’s the BL71 for us – ‘plane’ and simple..."
Says Paul Stafford, Proprietor of DTC Surfacing & Civil Engineering Contractors of Belhelvie, Aberdeen as he takes delivery of his third Volvo BL71 Plus backhoe loader.
From his original purchase of a second hand BL71 in 2005, Paul Stafford added a second unit to his fleet at the end of last year along with a fourteen tonne EC140B and now takes delivery of Volvo's latest phase III BL71 Plus specifically for use on planing contracts. "We've been impressed with the BL71 from the outset," explained Mr Stafford. "The machine has superior digging power and plenty of hydraulic power to operate a 450mm cut planer for most of the patch work repairs we undertake around the City of Aberdeen."
The latest machine sold to DTC features a power shuttle transmission which according to Paul Stafford is ideal for driving the machine from its base at Belhelvie around the jobsites in the Aberdeen area. Manoeuvrability on site is also well appreciated thanks to the superb steering lock on the front axle. The BL71 Plus 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.
Founded in 1972 as Don Tarmacadam Contractors by Paul Stafford's late father, the Company name was shortened to DTC Surfacing as it grew its reputation for providing a bespoke service to the maintenance of the public highways and pavements in and around the Aberdeen area.
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