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Vögele Pavers: In Guernsey, small is beautiful

Having already bought five new Vögele 1803-2 pavers recently, Aggregate Industries had no hesitation in opting for a smaller, 1302-2 machine for its subsidiary, Ronez on Guernsey, Channel Islands. Moreover, State of Guernsey engineers were so impressed with what they saw of the Ronez machine, they bought one of their very own.

Ronez’s representative on Guernsey, Simon Van Der Tang, says the Vögele is ideal for maintaining the island’s narrow lanes and a range of other duties including, recently, construction of a tennis court. “We had three machines on the island, a 1m for trench works, 2m for smaller pavements and a 2.5m machine for highways.”

“When the 2m machine came up for replacement, I trawled through the information from various suppliers. Then at Intermat, one machine stood out from the rest. Wirtgen took me to see a 1303-2 at work, and I was convinced this was the machine for us.”

“It’s very compact for the smaller island roads, ideal for estate roads and private drives, has a very tight turning circle and is excellent for confined spaces. The electric screed eliminates manual handling of gas bottles and there’s excellent all-round visibility, especially with the swing-out seating.”

“Added to which, the machine is very operator friendly and has a hydraulically operated front hopper flap which eliminates material spills in front of the hopper; it means there’s no need to have anyone working between the truck and the hopper, which is an obvious potential danger zone. The ‘Ergo Plus’ system reduces emissions dramatically and keeps our fuel costs down and there’s noticeable noise reduction, making for a better working environment. These all are crucial features on Guernsey.”

Joe Beard, manager of State of Guernsey’s drainage and highways department, says he was so impressed with the machine that he also bought one. “Ours is a tracked version, whereas Ronez’s machine is wheeled. They complement each other on the island, carrying out different tasks, as appropriate. We particularly wanted a Vögele as from past experience the back-up service from Wirtgen has been excellent - just a call away.”

“Living on an island presents its own problems, like varying carriageway widths; for instance we may be laying a 5m road one day, reducing to 3m round the corner. There are many twists and turns and lots of hills and that’s where the auto feeds come in handy and also the screed assist to help maintain levels.”

“Working in conjunction with Ronez, we have the the luxury of sharing ideas and machines and this has proved to be particularly useful to them in constructing the tennis court, which is currently under way. It has to be laid to particularly strict tolerances and must be free draining so that the hardcore must have very little dust content. With a wheeled machine this could cause the machine to spin on the stone and bury itself. With our tracked machine the weight is evenly distributed and eliminates that problem.”

“Also, the machine can be fitted with laser assist, enabling us to lay the mat to plus or minus 3mm tolerance. The computer setup on the driver’s console shows the hopper feed and screed status, making it very user friendly.”

Featuring a compact design with superb manoeuvrability, the Vögele Super 1303-2 is ideal for paving operations in confined spaces, having a width of 1.8m and an overall length of just 4.95m.

Powered by a Deutz engine rated at 65kW, the paver achieves laydown rates up to 250 tonnes/h. Coming with an AB 340 extending screed for pave widths up to 4.2m, the Super 1303-2 conveniently handles medium-sized jobs as well. And it is big, too, when it comes to operation. Equipped with ErgoPlus, the concept for easy paver handling, Super 1303-2 offers to operators a modern workplace of ergonomic design adding to even more safety and comfort on job sites.

About Wirtgen Limited

Wirtgen Limited is the UK subsidiary of the Wirtgen Group, a family owned, German company which specializes in road and mineral technologies. From road planing to crushing and screening, Wirtgen Limited supplies quality machinery to suit every application.

Four major product brands make up the Wirtgen Group of companies: Wirtgen (road milling, concrete slipform paving, road recycling and surface mining), Vögele (road paving), Hamm (road rollers and compactors) and Kleemann (crushing and screening).

All products are designed and manufactured in Germany to the highest standards of quality control.

Centrally based at Lincoln, Wirtgen Limited sells and supports new and used equipment to the very highest standard in the industry.