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Earthline invest in Bell wheeled loaders to increase productivity in quarry application

Earthline invest in Bell wheeled loaders to increase productivity in quarry application

Today, plant operators and fleet managers are having to face ever increasing challenges. The latest being to ensure that the correct grade diesel is used in the machines - the wrong fuel grade could prove very costly. And, whereas in the past, little thought was given to the cost of fuel, today it is a serious considerations. So the demand is for more efficiency, more productivity, increased reliability and lower cost of ownership.

One company, Wiltshire-based Earthline, recently evaluated replacement wheel loaders and decided on Bell. Since its foundation 30 years ago, the company has grown to be one of the largest independent earthmoving, recycling and quarrying companies in the south of England.

Like every other business in its field, the family run company has experienced tough periods, but it has remained successful through diversification and a commitment to being flexible to customer needs.

The diversification of applications means that they also have to ensure that much of the equipment the company buys is capable of performing well at different tasks and in different environments as well as meeting other performance criteria

This is one of the reasons for opting to evaluate a demonstration wheeled loader from Bell Equipment at its Shellingford Quarry site, near Faringdon, in Oxfordshire.

The newly acquired Bell loaders play a vital role in material handling for Earthline.Earthline director Philip Coplestone said: “I was a bit nervous and sceptical at first, as Bell’s loaders are relatively new machines to the UK market.

The newly acquired Bell loaders play a vital role in material handling for Earthline.

Bell has always been known in this country for its ADTs, though the fact that they are John Deere-built gave us some confidence.

“The Bell loaders look like really solid quarrying machines. The high spec and the build quality stands out.”

The demonstration went well, the company chose to go with one Bell L1806E wheel loader, even though they had pencilled in an option for another brand.

Philip explained: “We don’t like to put all our eggs in one basket, and we were keen to see the Bells in a real operational environment. The demonstration was enough to persuade us to put our toe in the water and actually order one.”

Good fortune also smiled on Bell.

Earthline discovered one morning that one of its other loaders had been vandalised overnight, meaning an urgent replacement was needed. Coplestone got in touch with Bell and agreed to order a second L1806E loader in return for Bell loaning a larger L2606E model at short notice to fill the operational gap while waiting for the new machine to be delivered.

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