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Misson Sand & Gravel make it a Volvo machine double

Volvo L120H wheel loader

Doncaster-based firm takes delivery of a L120H wheel loader and EC250E crawler excavator 

MISSON Sand & Gravel have invested in a new Volvo L120H loading shovel and 25-tonne EC250E excavator to cope with the company’s plans to increase its overall annual production.

‘We’ve always operated Volvo loading shovels due to their reliability and productivity,’ commented Christine Rowley, who runs the business along with her husband Martin and sons Carl and Craig. 

‘But this is the first time we looked at owning a Volvo excavator and we were quite encouraged when took a Volvo EC220 on demonstration. The machine’s economical fuel consumption was a significant improvement on what we were currently operating and we were impressed with the smooth control and the overall balance and appearance of the machine.’ 

Misson Sand & Gravel currently operate in three locations, including a new facility at nearby Finningley as well as their Misson and Austerfield extraction sites. With production levels expected to rise, the company decided to bolster its earthmoving machinery fleet with the two new Volvo machines. 

Powered by a Stage IV Final Volvo eight-litre engine (216hp), the EC250E excavator has plenty of reach and digging depth. Equipped with a 6m boom and 2.97m dipper arm, the machine provides a dig depth of just over 7m and a forward reach of 10.1m, delivering a lift capacity of 3.5 tonnes at maximum reach. 

The Volvo Care Cab on the excavator offers a spacious interior with plenty of legroom and foot space. The all-round visibility is enhanced by pressurized and filtered cab air supplied by a 14-vent climate-control system.

An adjustable easy-to-read LCD colour monitor provides real-time information on the machine functions, key diagnostic information and a wide variety of work tool settings. The monitor also doubles as a monitor for the rear-view camera.

Meanwhile, the L120H wheel loader is being used to load and blend stockpiled material into a processing plant. The machine is equipped with an eight-litre, 258hp engine (Stage IV-compliant) and benefits from Volvo designed and manufactured driveline components that offer considerable fuel savings.

One of the key benefits of the engine is a maximum torque of 1,250Nm is delivered at 1,300 rev/min, resulting in low fuel consumption and optimum efficiency.  

Both the EC250E and L120H models are fitted with CareTrack as standard – Volvo’s telematics system that provides remote monitoring of a wide range of machine functions (eg location, fuel consumption, service reminders etc). The machines have also been supplied with Volvo’s Blue service agreement, which ensures each unit is serviced at the correct intervals by Volvo-trained engineers using genuine OEM parts.

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