Thomas Menzies invest in new Volvo machine
Fife-based contractor bolsters equipment fleet with its first-ever Volvo EC220E excavator
THOMAS Menzies Builders have purchased a new Volvo EC220E excavator, marking a new departure for the contractor having traditionally been associated with other brands.
While the company has operated Volvo products before, Brian Henderson, plant and environmental manager for Thomas Menzies, said the business decided that it would purchase its first Volvo excavator, thanks to the high-level of operator comfort, smooth controls and overall stability and performance the machine offers.
‘We’ve had a long association with Volvo’s utility dealer, Rockbreakers UK Ltd, who have supplied hydraulic hammers and other ancillary attachments to us for some time,’ commented Mr Henderson. ‘When we learned that they had taken on the franchise for Volvo utility equipment and knowing their track record for excellent support, we immediately had confidence in adding the new excavator to our fleet.’
Powered by a six-cylinder Volvo engine developing 174hp, the EC220E is said to offer the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication. Operator comfort is another major plus point, with the company’s Care Cab providing plenty of legroom and foot space.
The machine’s 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 of the machine functions.
The EC220E excavator is being deployed on a variety of applications, ranging from general groundworks to muck shifting and lifting duties, thanks to the addition of an optional Prolec RCI Pro system.
The machine has been supplied with a Volvo Blue service agreement, which is based on a fixed rate per scheduled service and a fixed rate for mileage, including oil sampling and regular inspections to be reviewed on an annual basis.