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Another Volvo package for RJT Excavations Ltd

Volvo EC220E excavator

Jedburgh-based firm adds new EC380E and three EC220E excavators to its plant fleet

RJT Excavations Ltd of Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders, continue to invest in Volvo Construction Equipment products by taking delivery of a further four excavators for their plant fleet.

The most recent additions to RJT Excavations’ fleet consist of a 40-tonne Volvo EC380E equipped with standard digging equipment coupled to a Trimble groundworks machine-control system, and three smaller 22-tonne EC220Es.

One of the EC220Es has Volvo’s Dig Assist option installed on the machine, which is the first to be delivered in Great Britain since it was launched earlier this year.

‘We have a long association with Volvo CE products and are currently operating excavators from 14 to 50 tonnes and A30 articulated haulers,’ said RJT’s assistant plant manager, Euan Heard.

‘Opting for the Dig Assist functionality on one of the new 22-tonne machines, along with a Steelwrist tiltrotator, will bring added functionality on some of the special projects we are currently undertaking,’ he continued.

‘Our operators certainly appreciate the level of comfort in the cab and, in general, the performance and reliability of our Volvos has prompted the decision to invest in more of the same.’

The EC380E, which is powered by a Stage V-compliant engine that develops 306hp and features the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication, has a maximum reach of 11m, digging depth of 7.3m and breakout force of 215kN.

The machine’s large, roomy Volvo Care Cab offers excellent all-round visibility, which 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 machine functions, important diagnostics and a wide variety of work-tool settings, as well as providing the operator with views from the rear and side-view cameras.

The smaller EC220E features a Stage V six-cylinder engine that develops 174hp. Pump flow is controlled for combined digging and swinging operations to reduce flow loss through the overload relief valves, whilst maintaining digging power and maximum swing torque.

When Eco mode is selected, the machine provides better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions.

The Dig Assist feature installed on one of the machines is an on-board application that helps the operator to dig a line, slope, level or various profiles. It also provides height and dig depth alarms when excavating, and all functionality is performed via a large touchscreen mounted above the cab’s main information pod.

‘Another reason for continuing to invest in Volvo machines is the high level of aftermarket support we receive from SMT GB’s support centre in Stirling, together with their flexible arrangements for providing the right type of service agreement to suit our needs,’ said Mr Heard.

‘This means we can take full advantage of the support from Volvo’s dealer and keep our team of workshop and mobile engineers fully engaged at the same time.’

Formed in 1989 as an earthworks and general groundworks contractor, RJT Excavations have grown significantly since then and now offer specialized plant and equipment, bulk earthworks, groundworks, stabilization and remediation, contract crushing, plant for civil engineering projects and other plant-orientated activities covering the whole of the UK.

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