The new six-tonne machine has been supplied by SMT GB’s utility dealer for the north of Scotland,CSM Sales Ltd, replacing a competitive machine of the same size and was chosen following third-party recommendations and a successful demonstration.
"The majority of our work as groundwork contractors is focused on local housing, large estate work and maintaining hill roads,” comments proprietor Mike Taylor. “We wanted to replace an existing machine and were quite drawn to the Volvo ECR58D. Following some sound third-party recommendations, and having evaluated the machine on demonstration, these factors, coupled with a competitive package on the table persuaded us to break with tradition and opt for our first Volvo."
The Volvo ECR58D is powered by a Volvo 2.6-litre low-emission engine producing 48 hp coupled with a load-sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 6.3 metres and a lift capacity of 660kg at full reach across the carriage. Operator comfort and excellent access to all the service points have added to Mike Taylor’s appreciation of the machine. For instance, the ECR58D has a comfortable, spacious cab with a wide uncluttered floor. The instrument panel provides operators with at-a-glance monitoring of all key functions with operator fatigue reduced through easy-grip, high response joystick control levers. The rubber-mounted cabs reduce whole-body vibration and external noise minimizing the rigors of the job site whilst air conditioning with well positioned vents is a standard feature.
The machine’s specification and features have further been enhanced by the addition of a Steelwrist X06 tilt rotator, making the machine a highly versatile piece of equipment. “Besides the smooth control of the machine itself, the addition of the Steelwrist tilt rotator makes the machine extremely versatile and means a lot of the excavation and grading functions can be done from one position,” says Mike. “This combination is the way forward for groundworking contractors such as ourselves.”
With its base in Blairgowrie, Mike Taylor Plant Hire provides both plant hire and groundworking services in and around the Perth and Kinross area.
CSM Sales Ltd, headed up by Managing Director, Calum Shaw, and based at Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness, is SMT GB’s utility dealer for the whole of the north of Scotland.
SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.