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Earthline invest in Bell wheeled loaders to increase productivity in quarry application - page 2 of 2

Finlay mobile crushers and JCB excavators process thousand of tonnes of limestone per year

Finlay mobile crushers and JCB excavators process thousand of tonnes of limestone per year

 

Neville Paynter, managing director of Bell Equipment UK, said: “This was a fabulous opportunity for Bell: our loaders had been endorsed by a major player in the industry. Luckily, we were able to reassign our L2606E demo model to Earthline quite quickly, which hopefully saw them through that particular operational problem.”

“We always recognised that it would take time to convince UK customers that our loaders were as strong and reliable as our dump trucks,” explained Neville Paynter.“

The Bell loaders are both working on the Shellingford Quarry site, alongside a combination of nine other loaders. One L1806E is working in a recycling application, processing hard core, concrete and demolition waste, while the other machine is involved in the excavation and haul of building sand.

Each loader will typically shift 600 -700 tonnes of demolition and associated recycling waste per day, or about 400 tonnes of sand.

“We’ve definitely seen benefits in reduced downtime with the Bells,” said Philip. “And we also know that the support we get from Bell, should anything go wrong, is second-to-none.”

Philip and his co-director, brother Matthew Coplestone, are no strangers to Bell, despite this being their first foray into Bell wheeled loaders.

The company operates a fleet of four Bell B40D dump trucks, all of which are fitted with Bell’s advanced Fleetmatic GPS fleet management system. They each typically haul in excess of 1,200 tonnes of building sand or limestone over an average 600 m haul cycle, or around 1,700 tonnes of top soil if carrying out landfill duties.

The limestone quarry work is supported by a 70 t Volvo EC700 excavator to rip and load and a 45 t Komatsu PC450 excavator. JCB excavators are used to load Finlay crushing and screening systems which includes 883, 390, 683, 770 screens and Finlay 1175 jaw and Finlay 540 cone crushers

Philip said “The Fleetmatic system allows us to accurately measure production quantities and machine performance, including differentiation between the various materials we are handling. It leaves little to guess work.”

Apart from Bell wheel loaders, Earthline also use Bell ADTs for hauling material from the quarry to the processing center“Fuel is certainly our biggest cost, while machine reliability combined with performance becomes increasingly important.

Apart from Bell wheel loaders, Earthline also use Bell ADTs for hauling material from the quarry to the processing center

These things have always been significant in terms of running costs, but the reduced margins across the industry mean they are more acute factors than ever before. Our decision to turn to Bell very much complements our drive for high performance and high efficiency.”

Coping with changing demands. Positive outlook

Mathew Coplestone told Contractors World that the company has had to adapt to changing market forces but having been heavily involved with recycling for 15 years they know that it is necessary to succeed.

On the current economic situation facing the UK construction industry, Mathew said “Our whole industry has had to adapt and we are no exception but we do feel things are improving and we have expanded our business over the 12 months with more equipment and opening more landfill and recycling operations


 

 

 

 

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