Angle Park Sand and Gravel Ltd add two more Volvos for their Melville Gates and Mountcastle operations in Fife

To meet with increased demand, Angle Park Sand and Gravel Ltd. has purchased a second Volvo L150H, and replaced a venerable L120E with a new H variant.

Based in the picturesque town of Cupar, Fife, Angle Park Sand and Gravel Ltd. has been producing high quality sand and aggregates since 1961. Today, this third generation family-run business supplies domestic and commercial markets throughout the central belt of Scotland.

Led by father and son team, Ian and Peter Cuthbert, Angle Park Sand and Gravel Ltd. operate from two sites, located in Melville Gates and Mountcastle.

Commenting on the delivery of these two new machines, Peter Cuthbert states; “We’ve been working the Melville site since we started up, and have owned and operated Volvo equipment pretty much from the start. We moved into the adjacent Mountcastle site six years ago and, as the development of the site has progressed, we saw the need for a large loading shovel to take care of our production requirements, purchasing our first L150H last year. There has been a significant increase in demand over the last twelve months, which has prompted the need for a second machine in this application.”

Replacing a fourteen year old L120E at the Melville Gates site comes a brand new L120H, complete with a 3.4m³ rehandling bucket. “We’ve had great service out of the old machine, which clocked up 28,500 hours loading out road wagons and keeping the hoppers busy. Admittedly, we did have to replace the engine at 24,500 hours, and we cannot really complain about that, but it made us stop and think about making the decision to move it on in favour of a new machine, and SMT GB struck a competitive deal for the L120H.”

“Similarly, we’ve been really pleased with the L150H we purchased last year for the Mountcastle operation. It has been fully deployed digging at the face, feeding the plant and loading out road going wagons. But the reality is, we needed a second unit to meet production demands.”

“As before, we specified the machine with boom suspension for long load and carry work, but also a larger capacity bucket coupled to the Volvo Load Assist feature, which has really paid dividends towards the machine’s efficiency onsite. There is less than 1% discrepancy between what the machine is loading to what is weighed on the weigh bridge. This saves significant time when loading vehicles, without the need for them to top up or discard excess loads, which makes our production flow faster.”

Both the L120H and L150H shovels benefit from Volvo designed and manufactured driveline components, designed to offer considerable fuel savings each shift. The L120H and L150H are equipped with Volvo Stage V 8 and 13 litre engines, which develop 276 and 300 hp respectively.

One of the key features with the Volvo power units is that maximum torque is achieved at relatively low rpm, and the resultant fuel savings are further enhanced by the Volvo Eco pedal, which encourages the operator to run the machine at its optimum rpm in the engine’s torque curve.

Commenting on the aftersales care provided by SMT GB, Peter adds: “Besides the good performance and production capabilities of our Volvo loading shovels, we also appreciate the aftersales support we receive from SMT GB’s Customer Support Centre at Stirling when we need it.”