“It’s our first Volvo mini…. it certainly won’t be our last…!” Is the sentiment of Simon Knight, director of Hallmark Plant Hire as he takes delivery of the first Volvo EC27C compact excavator to be sold in Great Britain.
Since taking delivery of the new 2.7 tonne mini excavator - the latest from the Volvo compact equipment stable, Simon Knight has had nothing but praise for his new investment. “We’ve been really impressed with the machine’s performance, ease of control, operator comfort and reliability,” continued Mr Knight. “It’s doing everything we ask of it and it fits in really well with the typical contracts we are involved with.”
Hallmark Plant Hire evolved some five years ago from parent company Hallmark Construction and is headquartered at Deanshanger near Milton Keynes. “We got into plant by necessity as we were hiring a lot in to fulfil our various contracts and projects,” explained Simon. “So it made sense to start owning the kit for our own work and make it available for general hire as well.” Typical applications include anything from house building; house extensions; ground works and utilities with a speciality service offering on-site crushing with a 4 tonne mini crusher. “Again the EC27C is the ideal size of machine to load our crusher working in confined spaces – it really does tick all the boxes for us.”
The new EC27C is the first of its kind to be delivered in Great Britain replacing the previous EC25 and EC30 models. Powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low emission Tier III the machine delivers the performance in the range of the previous Volvo EC30 – yet with a compact design reminiscent of the smaller EC25. The conventional excavator design provides exceptional stability along with minimal superstructure swing. Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides faster, more precise performance due to the right joystick control lever that features an electronically proportional roller. This allows the operator to accurately adjust hydraulic flow as needed. All hydraulic functions are performed in total independence for more control and less delay when handling multiple tasks. An automatic two-speed travel system engages when operating in high speed mode, automatically shifting gear from high to low according to the travel load. Another feature for increased efficiency is the standard auto-idling system that lowers engine speed to idle if a control is not used for five seconds. The engine reverts to the pre-selected speed almost instantly when any control is moved. This system delivers lower fuel consumption, longer engine life and less environmental noise.
The Volvo EC27C features Volvo’s industry-leading comfortable cab for less fatigue and more production. The ergonomically-designed cab offers greater leg and foot room, making it one of the most spacious in its category. Optional air conditioning with an included heater is also available, for year-round productivity in hot, humid or cold climates.
Hallmark Plant Hire and Concrete Crushing is a division of Hallmark Construction (UK) Ltd offering a complete range of plant from mini diggers and dumpers to concrete crushing and is based at Deanshanger, near Milton Keynes.