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TSL Contractors add more Volvos to their fleet

Volvo excavator and articulated dumptruck

Construction firm adds eight more Volvo machines to its fleet for use on hydroelectric projects across Scotland

HAVING purchased their first Volvo excavator 12 months ago, Argyll-based construction company TSL Contractors Ltd have made a significant investment in purchasing further Volvo Construction Equipment products.

The recent package of machines will be utilized to deliver contracts awarded to the company, which is currently undertaking substantial hydroelectric projects over a wide geographical area of Scotland from Gairloch in the North West to Callander in the South.

The new additions include a pair of 14-tonne EC140D’s, three 22-tonne EC220E’s, a 30-tonne EC300E excavator and two A25G articulated haulers.

‘Since we purchased the EC300D last year, we’ve been very impressed with the machine’s performance and reliability, especially on heavy-duty rock-breaking applications which are commonplace on the typical work we undertake,’ commented TSL’s managing director, Andrew Knight.

‘With our expanding portfolio of hydroelectric projects for both the private and public sectors, we needed to make a significant investment in new equipment, so based on our experience with the one-year-old machine together with the competitive package on offer, we opted for more Volvo equipment.’

The new machines have been spread across Scotland working on a variety of hydroelectric schemes. The main activities include the construction of access roads to these remote job sites and preparing trenches for the laying large bore water pipes. Typically, this involves a lot of rock breaking and, consequently, the EC300E and EC220E’s have been supplied complete with hydraulic hammers.

The 22-tonne capacity A25G articulated haulers are used to haul crushed stone for construction of the access roads, and to move overburden on site. One of the trucks has been supplied with optional 750/65R25 flotation tyres to cope with more boggy conditions and minimize the impact on fragile ground.

The EC140D machines have been supplied with Steelwrist tilt rotators and are used primarily to reinstate the ground around the water pipes once they have been laid and covered.

The ability of the machine and tilt rotator combination to accomplish reinstatement of the surrounding area, including simultaneous profiling and finishing, instead of having to use a variety of equipment to do the job, makes economic sense and, more importantly, lessens the impact on the environment, according to Andrew Knight.

TSL Contractors Ltd were established 36 years ago operating a small quarry on the Isle of Mull and have developed into a major construction, civil engineering and groundworks company operating in an area stretching from the far north of Scotland to the Trossachs.

The company specializes in hydroelectric schemes, major building projects and contracts for Scottish Water and other national contractors. It also continues to maintain a presence in the extractive, aggregates and ready-mixed concrete industries.

The company, which employs 115 staff, still has its head office on the Isle of Mull, together with its hub construction office in Oban and satellite construction offices in Fort William, Loch Lomond and Aberfeldy.

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