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MT Bryan Contractors tempted by high spec Volvo ECR88

MT Bryan Contractors of Caputh, near Perth has added a new Volvo ECR88 Plus to its plant fleet for its general contracting and ground works business and was chosen thanks to the high specification that comes as standard on the machine.

The new addition to proprietor Mike Bryan’s feet of predominantly Volvo branded machines has been equipped with a Geith, hydraulically operated ‘thumb’ mounted on the underside of the dipper arm. The attachment works independently from the bucket cylinder and is operated via the hammer shear circuit which is a standard feature on all Volvo compact excavators. The ‘thumb’ is also designed to clamp to the bucket’s cutting edge without interfering with the bucket teeth.

“We were looking for a ‘midi’ sized machine that was compact enough but able to tackle a wide range of duties and were impressed with the standard specification of the Volvo ECR88,” explains Mike Bryan. “The combination of the machine and the Geith attachment is proving to be very versatile - picking and sorting stone for house building, and handling diverse material such as timber, concrete and rubble,” he continued.

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. 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. Mike Bryan’s new ECR88 Plus joins two Volvo EC140C excavators and an order for a two tonne EC20B compact excavator has also been placed for imminent delivery.

MT Bryan Contractors was established back in 1963 as an agricultural contractor, moving into plant and ground working ten years later. Since 1990, the company has concentrated its activities purely on ground working, enabling works and bespoke property development projects in Scotland from its base in Perthshire.