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Volvo EC240C joins Les Taylor Contractors’ piling division

Les Taylor Contractors Ltd, situated at Mintlaw, near Peterhead Aberdeenshire, has added a new Volvo EC240C excavator for its piling division and equipped it with its own design of piling head for contracts nationwide.



With over twenty five pieces of Volvo Construction Equipment products in its plant portfolio servicing its civil engineering, quarrying and waste handling activities, the Les Taylor Group has now added a Volvo EC240C to its piling division. The new machine has been supplied with standard backacter equipment and quick hitch from Volvo but has then undergone additional modifications undertaken By Les Taylor Contractors themselves. These include the fitting of an Indexator rototilt hitch and a hydraulically driven sheet piling head of the company’s own design and manufacture. The two tonne head runs off the EC240C’s hammer shear circuit requiring up to 230 litres per minute in high mode and can handle sheet pile sections up to 14 metres in length at a reach of 7 metres. The selector block and solenoids for the rototilt have been repositioned and located within the superstructure of the machine as opposed to the usual mounting point on the rototilt itself to allow piling operations below or close to water. All the hose connections to the piling head and rototilt are fitted with quick release couplings to facilitate quick and easy changeover to other attachments and buckets.

The EC240C is powered by a 7 litre Volvo Tier III low emission engine developing 170 net hp. Coupled to the innovative to the “Integrated work mode control” hydraulic system the machine delivers high productivity, high digging capacity precision and above all excellent fuel economy. Equipped with the standard 6.0m boom and 2.97m dipper arm the EC240C has plenty of reach and load over height for the job in hand. So equipped, the maximum ground reach is 10.26m and the load over height a generous 6.8m. The machine can easily handle piling sheets up to 7 metres across carriage and due to its reach characteristics, is ideal for piling in restricted areas - for example under bridges, where conventional piling rigs cannot gain access.

“We’ve had an extremely positive experience with our previous Volvo machines which have proved to be reliable and productive. We needed to replace a machine in our piling division so decided to choose the package offered once again by Volvo,” commented Plant Director Les Taylor. The new EC240C has gone to work on contracts being undertaken across the whole of the U.K.

The Les Taylor Group of Companies specializes in quarry resources, logistics, demolition and plant hire, asbestos removal, tip operations and waste recycling in the north east of Scotland and piling contracts nationwide.