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Volvo excavators find a niche with the Armstrong Group

Four new Volvo excavators have been supplied to the Armstrong Group, of Horwich, Bolton for its aggregates and environmental divisions.

Two excavators, a Volvo 16 tonne EC160C and the larger 21 tonne EC210C have been delivered to the group’s environmental division located at its 26 acre site dedicated to material recycling on the outskirts of Horwich.



Both machines feature hydraulically telescoping cabs to aid operator visibility loading hoppers and screens. With a lift height of 2 metres from normal position, the operator has full visibility of the loading operation. A hose rupture valve on the cab’s lifting cylinder ensures maximum safety and in the event of an emergency a valve accessed from ground level can lower the cab back to its conventional position. At the business end selector grabs are used for handling the diverse range of inert waste materials on site. This includes industrial and commercial waste, aggregates and a predominance of waste wood, which is shredded for onward recycling or for the panel board industry.

With over twenty years experience in the aggregates industry, Armstrong Aggregates Ltd continues to consolidate its presence as a niche supplier of high quality aggregates and blockstone specifying Volvo excavators and loading shovels at both its Pilkington and recently acquired Brinscall quarries.

Armstrong Aggregates was one of the first extractive companies to purchase a 70 tonne Volvo EC700B for ripping blocks of gritstone initially at its Pilkington site. However with the acquisition of Brinscall, the nature of the quarry and the way it had been left by its previous owner, decreed the use of a smaller machine. Following a successful demonstration, a 46 tonne EC460C was selected to become the prime mover. The machine has been equipped with both heavy duty rock bucket and ripper tooth for ripping blocks of gritstone weighing as much as 20 tonnes. The machine also benefits from being fitted with an optional secondary demolition specification which includes heavy duty FOGS guarding around the cab; heavy duty belly plates; side impact protection rails and a heavy duty bucket cylinder guard – all of which enhance the protection to the machine. Joining the Armstrong fleet is a second EC210C in standard configuration which is deployed feeding aggregate into one of the mobile crushers as well as general duties on site.

It’s not Armstrong’s first experience of Volvo equipment – the four new excavators join an existing fleet which now totals 17 Volvo machines comprised of excavators, loading shovels and dumptrucks. “Reliability and performance is the key,” says chief executive officer David Armstrong. “And we like to stick with a brand we know and are happy with preferring to standardise where we can. Yes, we’ve had some issues, but generally we’ve been very satisfied with the support from Volvo and we’ve got a good relationships with their team at Warrington,” he continued.

The Armstrong Group was established by chief executive officer David Armstrong 26 years ago and has its headquarters based at the group’s recycling centre at Horwich. The group has three operating divisions – Armstrongs Aggregates Limited; Armstrongs Environmental Services Limited and Armstrongs Investment Properties Limited.