This latest addition follows hot on the heels of a forty tonne Volvo EC380E, which was equipped with a Trimble groundworks machine control system, and three smaller twenty-two tonne EC220Es purchased last year.
“We have a long association with Volvo Construction Equipment products, and are currently operating excavators from fourteen to fifty tonnes, as well as several A30 articulated haulers,” says RJT’s Assistant Plant Manager Euan Heard. “This latest EC480E is a further endorsement of our commitment to the Volvo product, as it is not only replacing another make of excavator, but has become one of our front line, primary muck shifting machines,” he continues. “Our Operators certainly appreciate the level of comfort in the cab and, in general, the performance and reliability of our previous Volvos has prompted our decision to invest once again.”
Powered by a Stage V compliant 13-litre engine, developing 385 net horsepower, the EC480E offers the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication. The Volvo Care Cab offers a large, roomy interior with plenty of leg room and foot space. The excellent all round visibility is enhanced by a pressurised and filtered cab air system, that is 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, important diagnostic information and a wide variety of work tool settings, while also providing visibility to the operator from the rear and side view cameras.
The EC480E supplied to RJT has been configured with mass excavation equipment, comprising of a 6.5m boom, 2.55m dipper arm and a hydraulic quick hitch. Thus rigged, the machine has a maximum dig depth of 6.5 metres, a horizontal reach of 11 metres, a practical load over height of 7 metres and a maximum breakout force of 311kN. At the business end of the machine, RJT has specified a 3.2m³ heavy duty bucket, compete with Esco penetration teeth that have been supplied by MST.
“Another reason for continuing to invest in Volvo machines is down to the high quality of the aftermarket support we have received from SMT GB’s Customer Support Centre in Stirling, together with their flexible arrangements for providing the right type of service agreement to suit our needs,” Comments Plant Manager Gordon Ballantyne. “This means we can take full advantage of the support from Volvo’s dealer, while also keeping our team of workshop and mobile engineers fully engaged at the same time,” continues Gordon.
Formed in 1989 as an earthworks and general groundwork’s contractor based at Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders, RJT Excavations Limited (RJT) has grown significantly to be at the forefront in offering specialised plant and equipment, bulk earthworks, groundworks, stabilisation, remediation, contract crushing, plant for civil engineering projects and other plant orientated activities covering the whole of the U.K.