When it came to replace his two year old ECR88 Plus compact excavator, Agriwork proprietor John Edwards chose Volvo once again based on his experience of good after market support.
Established in 1988, Ascot based Agriwork started out as agricultural and landscaping contractors but of late has become more associated with specialised general ground works. This typically includes drainage, track and secondary road construction and preparation for out buildings such as livery stables, barns and outbuildings on farms and small holdings as well as enabling works for major outdoor events and festivals. The range of equipment operated by Mr Edwards is diverse and includes a demolition excavator, loading shovel, dumpers, timber handling equipment and a range of heavy goods vehicles to complement his business.
“We turned to Volvo two years ago due to the lack of support we were experiencing with the previous make of machine we operated,” explained John Edwards. “In general we’ve been pleased with the ECR88 and the few problems we’ve had with it have been dealt with quickly, so it made perfect sense to maintain our association with Volvo.”
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 and main components have added to Mr Edwards’ 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. Specifically for Agriwork, the ECR88 Plus has been supplied on 600mm steel track pads which, according to John Edwards is more suited to the type of work his machine generally undertakes – laying and leveling crushed stone and hardcore for roads.
For jobs requiring more finesse a spare set of rubber pads and ancillary undercarriage parts has been supplied. The machine has also been equipped with hose rupture valves to the boom and dipper cylinders and besides the standard hammer/shear circuit the ECR88 Plus is also equipped with an optional grab rotation circuit.