Brauncewell Quarries Ltd, an independent family run aggregates business has opted for another Volvo 50 tonne excavator to take over as the new prime mover at its facility located close to Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

The Company has a long association with operating Volvo construction equipment products at the Brauncewell quarry which includes both wheeled loaders as well as excavators.

“Our first Volvo machine was a Volvo L90 that we purchased back in 1990,” says Managing Director John Dickinson. “It was that good in terms of reliability and performance we only replaced it a couple of years ago with 20000 hours on the clock and just one major overall.”

Joining the current line up of three Volvo L150H wheeled loaders, that were supplied fairly recently for main re-handling duties along with an L60F and an L220D, comes the company’s new prime mover in the guise of a Volvo EC480EL. The machine has been specified on standard reach equipment featuring a 7.0m boom and a 3.35m dipper arm giving the machine the optimum digging performance and reach to load material ‘as dug’ from the face into the mobile crusher.

Thus rigged, the 50 tonne excavator has a maximum reach of 12.1 metres and a generous dig depth of 7.8 metres.

“Up until ten years ago we would regularly blast the quarry face and then re-handle the material with smaller machines. Opting for this size of machine using half of its time on hammer and the other half loading material into the crusher, we’ve significantly reduced the amount of cost associated with drilling and blasting as well as reducing the amount of unwanted fines. The new EC480E is the third machine of this size that we’ve operated in this way and it fits in well with our production requirements,” says Dickinson.