New A25Gs for Ken Pink Plant Hire
Gloucestershire-based firm purchases two more Volvo articulated haulers for multi-faceted plant hire fleet
LONG-standing users of Volvo Construction Equipment products, Ken Pink Plant Hire Ltd stick to a rigid change-out programme to keep their fleet fresh and up to date. Consequently, their latest two additions replace a pair of two-year-old Volvo A25Gs and join a third truck, purchased last year, along with a 38-tonne Volvo EC380E excavator.
‘When it comes to Volvo articulated haulers, we really cannot fault them,’ commented Ken Pink’s contracts manager, Mark Roberts. ‘Over the years they have proved to be extremely reliable and productive, while also holding sound residual values when it’s time to change them.
‘We’ve been equally impressed with the EC380E since we purchased it two years ago, it being ideally matched to the A25G articulated hauler – loading in just five passes.’
Volvo’s A25G articulated hauler can carry 25 tonnes with a heaped capacity of 15.3 cubic metres. Powered by a Stage IV Volvo V-ACT six-cylinder engine that develops 318hp, a maximum torque of 1,942Nm is achieved at just 1,100 rev/min, which results in good fuel efficiency, high performance, quicker engine response, less engine wear and a longer service life.
Purpose built by Volvo, the engine is matched to the Volvo drivetrain, featuring in-house designed and manufactured transmission, drop box and heavy-duty axles. The addition of outboard wet disc brakes also ensures that the best use of power and torque is available, even in tough working conditions, whilst dynamic and predictive gear selection adapts to operating conditions, for improved comfort and fuel efficiency.
Ken Pink Plant Hire’s two new trucks have been supplied complete with optional overhung tailgates, increasing the heaped body capacity to 15.9 cubic metres, yet still maintaining the maximum carrying capacity of 25 tonnes. Both have been supplied with an SMT Level 2 Enhance service agreement, whereby fully trained SMT engineers will carry out regular servicing using genuine Volvo parts.
The new haulers join a comprehensive plant fleet that includes excavators ranging from 750kg to 38 tonnes, articulated haulers, site dumpers, dozers, rollers and tele-handers. The company’s operations are further supported by a fleet of tipper and grab lorries, which provide a muck-away service.
Established 35 years ago by managing director Ken Pink, Ken Pink Plant Hire Ltd are based in Staverton, near Gloucester. The company offers a nationwide plant hire and contracting service, providing operated hire for its larger items of plant, as well as operated and non-operated hire for equipment below 20 tonnes for spot, short- and mid-to-long-term contracts.