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100+ year old quarry company invests in new loader and moves into paving - Page 2 of 2

“This is our fifth loading shovel from Volvo and whilst our selection this time around was a close run thing with competitive machines we chose the offering from Volvo based on our strong relationship and past good experiences with the previous machines,” said quarry manager Kevin Sargant. “We’ve enjoyed excellent service from the previous models running up to in excess of 25000 relatively trouble free hours and we are expecting the new G model to live up to that heritage,” he continued.

The loader specifications

The L180G which features a 13 litre Tier IIIB compliant 333 hp engine, optishift transmission and axles, all designed and manufactured by Volvo, has a full turn tipping load of 17.2 tonnes and boasts a 20% increase in lifting force and 10% increase in breakout force over its predecessor. This coupled to the engine output with high torque at low engine rpm has resulted in faster cycle times and increased productivity.

Two stronger, variable displacement load-bearing axial piston pumps and hoses have been introduced to handle the increased pressures. These provide superior control of the load as well as high breakout force, faster lifting and tilt functions. A new hydraulic cooling system has been designed to reduce the working temperatures by up to 20°C over the F series model.

Contractors_World_UK_Volvo ABG6870 wheeled paverMoving in to road surfacing

Spearheading Wainwright’s drive into the road surfacing business is a new Volvo ABG6870 wheeled paver, supplied in white livery denoting the fact that Wainwright are members of the industry’s paver safety group. Won after fierce competition during the tender stage, the new machine has been immediately put to work on what will become a diverse range of paving applications from small private driveways to large motorway and trunk road re-surfacing contracts.

Heading up Wainwright’s surfacing division is Geoff Shearn who has many years of experience in the surfacing industry and with Titan ABG’s in the past. “In my opinion, the ABG pedigree is definitely at the top end of its class being both flexible and most importantly – reliable,” he comments. “We have restructured our surfacing division and are confident that the new paver from Volvo will continue to build our reputation for quality surfacing projects going forward.”

The wheeled paver is the first machine to feature continuous independent traction control over all six wheels. Powered by a Tier III 122 Kw engine, the operator is able to use the ‘Smart Power’ setting to vary the power output depending on the conditions of the application. Running nominally at just 1600 rpm it has significantly low noise emissions besides being highly fuel efficient.

The 6x6 ‘Smart Drive’ technology ensures good traction. Even on difficult bases, tractive effort is automatically adjusted according to ground condition and the weight of material available in the machine’s 12 tonne capacity hopper. As an added safety feature John Wainwright & Co has specified the fitment of traction isolator switches which are mounted on either side of the hopper. In an event of an emergency the isolator switch will, when activated, stop the machine immediately. The machine has an ‘Active Steering’ feature with an inside turning radius of just 2.5 metres. This coupled to individual suspension struts means the paver can overcome obstacles in one go that, according to Volvo, competitive models can only do after several complicated manoeuvres.

Contractors_World_UK_ABG6870The ABG6870 has a variable screed width of between 2.5 and 5 metres in standard configuration but can be fitted with optional extensions to provide a generous width of 9 metres. With an output potential of up to 700 tonnes per hour, the machine can continuously pave up to 40 metres per minute. Whilst a normal layer thickness of 50 mm at high speed is easily achievable, the paver can, for certain applications lay up to a maximum thickness of 300 mm.

 

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>>>   Volvo CE

 

 

 

 

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