John Reeve Plant Hire Ltd of Eastry near Sandwich, Kent has broken a long standing tradition by purchasing its first new Volvo compact excavators in the guise of two five tonne ECR50D’s.
Needing to replace a couple of ageing machines in their fleet of some 25 excavators, Director Chris Reeve evaluated the marketplace. “To be honest, Volvo wasn’t on our immediate radar but when we contacted Glosrose Construction Equipment and appraised the ECR50D we were very impressed with the build quality, the exceptional space in the cab and the way the pipework was neatly arranged on the machine,” he said. “The performance didn’t disappoint either. The machine has a very good reach besides good digging and grading performance,” he continues.
Featuring a premium 31.2 kW Volvo D2.6A engine and an advanced hydraulic system, the ECR50D provides fast and powerful response with smooth operation. The maximum break out force is 36.12 kN while the maximum tear out force is 25.93 kN, ensuring excellent performance even in tough applications. The ECR50D’s enhanced boom and attachment geometry provides a maximum digging reach of 6.29 m, a generous dig depth of 3.8m and a load over height of just over 4m. “The machine is exceptionally well balanced and is ideal for working on confined sites,” continues Chris Reeve. “One of our customers who has a machine out on long term hire is even managing to load 20 tonne trucks with spoil and overburden in just 12 minutes.”