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Volvo back in the frame at PP O’Connor Ltd

PP O’Connor Limited of Irlam, Manchester has renewed an acquaintance with Volvo Construction Equipment products purchasing a range of equipment including a 70 tonne EC700C complete with 35 metre telescopic three piece demolition equipment, a 36 tonne EC360C rigged for secondary demolition duties.

This latest purchase renews an association dating from when the company took delivery of the first Volvo 36 tonne machine to be modified by Messrs Kokurek with three piece demolition equipment some six years ago and as far back as 1989 when they purchased an Akerman H10BLC. Since then the experience of poor service and support with other makes prompted co director Justin O’Connor to reconsider his supplier of choice which has resulted in the delivery of a new EC700C – the first C model of this size to be retailed in Great Britain along with a new EC360C equipped for secondary demolition. At the same time an additional order for two DD38 High Frequency tandem rollers and two A25E articulated haulers was placed for incremental contracts being undertaken by PP O’Connor.

The new EC700C has been modified once again by Kokurek Excavators of Ipswich and features a modular boom joint enabling the machine to be operated either with long reach demolition equipment or as a backacter. The three piece demolition rig features a telescopic extension of three metres to give a maximum reach of 35m at the attachment pin. Maximum attachment weight at this height is 2.5 tonnes. The rig also offers a generous horizontal forward reach of 17m at a height of 24m. A hammer / shear circuit with large bore return line, and rotation circuit are fitted on the equipment along with a water suppression system powered by a hydraulic pump. The operator’s compartment can be completely tilted for an uninterrupted field of view of the task in hand. This is further enhanced with a close circuit camera mounted on the underside of the fly arm just prior to where the attachment is fitted. Heavy duty belly plates, side impact protection rails, heavy duty FOGS guard and bucket cylinder guard for the standard backacter arm complete the extra guarding on the machine.

The all up operating weight of the machine including additional counterweight and the interchangeable pre boom is approximately 79.6 tonnes. The new Volvo EC700C is equipped with the largest-capacity engine in its class of excavators, the Volvo D16C EAE3, with an output of 430 hp at 1,800 rpm. The engine is Tier 3-compliant utilizing the Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology (V-ACT) power system that is matched with Volvo hydraulic systems to provide high digging and crowding forces, and smooth, harmonized operation in all conditions.

PP O’Connor is a well established, family run business located on the outskirts of Manchester. The company’s main activities centre on the construction industry, providing comprehensive services for excavation, demolition, disposal and ground works.