A brand new Volvo EC360C Ultra High Reach machine has been delivered to demolition contractors H Cope & Sons of Grimsby to take over primary demolition duties on a prestigious rejuvenation project of Grimsby Docks.
Replacing a B version machine, the new EC360C has been supplied to H Cope and Sons with a Volvo designed and manufactured three piece demolition rig giving a maximum pin height of 21 metres and tool weight of 3 tonnes. The Volvo solution to total utilization of the machine from a standard digging machine to high reach demolition tool can be realised in just 30 minutes. The Volvo hydraulic modular joint features two full length pins which engage on the desired equipment - either as backacter, straight boom or demolition boom. A hydraulic joint secures the locking pins to which safety caps are added making the machine ready for operation. Further standard features to the Ultra High reach specification include a hydraulically tilting operator's compartment; heavy duty belly plates; the Volvo SIPS (side impact protection system); five tonne additional counterweight, double thickness to side panel doors and X3 grab rotation hydraulics in addition to the standard hammer shear hydraulic circuit.
The new EC360C powered by a Volvo 12 litre Tier III engine producing 250 nett hp, joins a fourteen tonne EC140B and twenty one tonne EC210B in H Cope & Sons fleet and was chosen thanks to Volvo's high level of after sales support for their existing machines. "We had some issues with the EC360's predecessor but Volvo stood by us and worked them through so we're pretty impressed with their commitment and support," said Director Chris Cope, citing in particular the benefit of having a Volvo home based engineer in the vicinity.
The EC360C Ultra High Reach with its revised operating mass of 49.8 tonnes has been put to work demolishing old dwellings and warehouses on Grimsby Docks as part of a significant rejuvenation initiative.
Established as a family concern some forty years ago by founder Horace Cope, the Company is now run by three of his sons - Stephen, Andrew and Chris. With its core activities centred on demolition contracts, the Company also operates a skip hire and recycling division as well as a concrete batching plant servicing Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire.
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