The new Volvo additions join the original eight EC140Es and two reduced swing ECR145Es purchased last year, adding to a fleet of over 1500 machines in Standard Plant Hire’s arsenal of equipment, which includes: compact excavators, site dumpers, tele-handlers, welfare units, compressors and an array of attachments for hire.
“Until we bought the fourteen tonne units last year, we specialised in hiring compact equipment that was up to nine tonnes in operating weight,” comments Managing Director Michael Fleming. “Our Volvos have proved very popular with our customers. Due to continuing demand in the civil engineering and ground working sectors, we are stepping up a notch by adding four new twenty tonne EC200E machines,” he continues. “Choosing the Volvo brand fits in with our own core values of providing a prompt and efficient hire service, with quality products to a highly demanding customer base. They are competitively priced, well specified and reliable machines.”
The EC200Es are powered by Stage V compliant four cylinder Volvo engines, developing 156 nett hp. The machines also offer the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication. For example, pump flow is controlled for combined digging and swinging operations to reduce the flow loss through the overload relief valves, whilst maintaining digging power and maximum swing torque. When Eco mode is selected, the machine provides better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions. The Volvo Care Cab offers a large and roomy interior, with plenty of leg room and foot space. The excellent all-round visibility is enhanced by pressurised and filtered cab air, supplied by a 14 vent climate control system. An adjustable easy to read LCD colour monitor also provides real time information on the machine’s functions at a glance.
Having had its global debut last year at Bauma, Munich, the EC200E is aimed squarely at one of the most competitive segments of the excavator market. The twenty tonne model is a purpose-built machine, with specifications that position it between the existing EC220E and EC180E models, making it an ideal tool for in-house operations or as part of a rental fleet, while also being well suited for construction, utilities, road infrastructure and much more.
Established in 2009, Standard Plant Hire has expanded its self-drive hire business year on year, building on its reputation for providing modern machinery from leading manufacturers, together with a highly reliable and personal level of service throughout the South East of England. The company has become leaders in providing many of the southern-based utility contractors, and has ambitious plans for further expansion within the next few years.