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A second batch of Volvo ECR88’s for Flannery Hire

Flannery Hire of Castleford, West Yorkshire has taken delivery of a second batch of four Volvo ECR88 Plus midi excavators increasing the product portfolio for its operated and non operated supply business.

Established mid 2008, Flannery Hire has evolved from over 25 years of operating experience in the form of its parent company Flannery Civil Engineering. This professional team highly focused on delivering a bespoke hire and supply service to its clients in the north of England is headed up by two experienced plant men in the guise of sales and marketing director, Pat Flannery and operations director Andrew Gaunt.



The mobile plant fleet totalling some 150 items including excavators from 2½ to 46 tonnes, telehandlers, site dumpers and compaction equipment has been augmented by a further delivery of four ECR88 Plus midi excavators supplied by Chippindale Plant - Volvo’s compact equipment dealer for Yorkshire.

“We saw a niche in our market for this size of machine and took our first four ECR88’s last year, moving up a gear from the traditional 5½ tonne model,” explained Pat Flannery. “We find the Volvo ECR88 to be a versatile machine - it’s large enough to load tippers in a timely manner and carry out medium sized groundwork jobs yet small enough and highly manoeuvrable when the need arises. They certainly bridge the gap between the traditional mini excavator and the small 14 tonne sized machine and have become very popular with our customers.”

The Volvo ECR88 Plus is powered by a Volvo 3.4 litre low emission engine producing 57 hp coupled to a load sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 7.3 metres and a lift capacity of 960kg at full reach across the carriage.

Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to Flannery Hire’s appreciation of the machine. The ECR88 Plus has a comfortable, spacious cab with a wide uncluttered floor. The instrument panel provides operators with at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions and operator fatigue is reduced through easy-grip, high response joystick control levers. The rubber-mounted cabs reduce whole-body vibration, and external noise minimizing the rigors of the jobsite whilst air conditioning with well positioned vents is a standard feature. All eight machines have been equipped with check valves on the boom cylinders for lifting duties, Volvo immobilizers and vandal guards.

The new additions join a hire fleet which is subject to the highest possible standards set by the team at Flannery Hire which include audited processes and procedures, weekly onsite hire inspections to fulfil safety checks – all administered from a busy, well administered hire desk. Flannery Hire operates from a state of the art facility just off the M62 at Castleford which includes offices, yard space and a fully equipped, environmentally friendly workshop. The hire fleet is further supported by five fully equipped service vehicles. Complimenting the mobile plant fleet is a range of site accommodation, specialised attachments, bunded fuel tanks and ancillary equipment.