A Volvo L150H loading shovel takes charge at Hugh King & Co

Hugh King & Co has taken delivery of a new Volvo L150H loading shovel for its Hullerhill sand and gravel quarry located at Kilwinning, Ayrshire and has been put in charge of the main yard duties around the plant.

“We’ve been operating Volvo equipment for a good many years and found the loading shovels to be consistently reliable and productive machines,” comments Operations Manager, Charles Hughes. “The L150H with its 4.2m³ rehandling bucket is the optimum sized loading shovel for most of our requirements here at Hullerhill, and is proving to be a good performing all-rounder as an extraction tool, as well as loading out high sided bulkers,” he continues. “Volvo loading shovels are very much appreciated by our operators as well, in terms of cab comfort, overall performance and controllability.”

Joining a smaller Volvo L120H, that looks after the bagging plant at the quarry, the L150H is powered by a Volvo 13 litre Stage V compliant engine, developing 300 hp, coupled to Volvo designed powertrain components. This combination coupled to other fuel saving devices, such as the Volvo Eco pedal, which encourages the operator to run the machine at its optimum rpm in the engine’s torque curve and optishift with torque converter lock up, make the L150H a highly efficient and productive loading shovel in its size class.

The new loading shovel has had Volvo’s Co-Pilot load assist option installed at the factory. The Co-Pilot load assist option is the very latest in weigh loading sophistication, allowing the operator to calibrate his bucket via the touch screen pad in the cab. Bucket loads and the number of buckets filled can be recorded, in addition to the system storing a whole array of product menus. So it is ideally suited to the various products being produced at Hullerhill. The Co-Pilot touch screen automatically becomes a rear view screen when the machine is put into reverse, interacting with the rear view camera. Furthermore, the Co- Pilot system is linked in with the Care Track system – Volvo’s telematics system, which can feed back information to a remote location.

Hugh King & Co. has been producing silica sands, mortars and renders of the highest quality for over 160 years, supplying the whole of Scotland and the north of England, besides all of the championship golf courses in Scotland. Product is supplied in 25kg pre-printed bags to bulk deliveries, handled by its own fleet of trucks.

The company recently became part of Tillicoultry Quarries Ltd, which was established in 1931 by R.W. Menzies at Craigfoot Quarry Tillicoultry, and remains 100% owned by the Menzies family. The company produces a wide range of construction materials, incorporating a full range of; aggregates, asphalts, ready mixed concrete sands, mortars, renders and bagged products. It has twelve operating units located throughout the Central Belt of Scotland and Ayrshire, enabling efficient delivery of high quality products to all of its customers. Integrated within its quarrying operations are six coating plants and five concrete plants, that are capable of producing materials to the highest specification required for large volume motorway construction, through to small volume private works.