Excavators Latest News 

A DOZEN for DS Watson!

With its headquarters located in Beccles, Suffolk, DS Watson Civil Engineering (Anglia) Ltd has made a significant investment in a range of Volvo excavators for its plant fleet, which specialises in all disciplines of groundworks, utilities, site infrastructure and civil engineering for blue chip house building contractors.

Most recently, the company has taken delivery of twelve ECR88D reduced swing excavators from SMT GB’s utility equipment dealer, Contractors Equipment Sales Ltd of Norwich. In addition, SMT GB has supplied a larger reduced swing ECR235E, a 30 tonne EC300E and a 40 tonne EC380E; which is DS Watson’s largest excavator to date.

“We now have a total of 48 excavators in our fleet, of which 41 carry the Volvo brand,” says Managing Director Danny Smith. “The reason we choose Volvo excavators is down to the quality of the product, good reliability and equally good residual values. But underpinning this is the quality of the aftersales service we receive both from CES and SMT GB.”

With a line-up of excavators in DS Watson’s fleet that range from 1.5 to 40 tonnes in operating weight, the company also runs a fleet of 50 site dumpers, of various capacities, 17 rollers and backhoe loaders.

“Having a comprehensive range of excavators means we can deploy the right sized machine for any specific job on a variety of sites, and switch them around according the application required.” says Smith. “For instance, we find the 9 tonne ECR88D an ideal sized machine for working in the tight confines in and around housing plots. It has plenty of reach and a good dig depth. It is also quite capable of loading and dispatching 20 tonne tippers quickly. At the other end of the scale, we opted for the Volvo EC380E in order to lift and lower large sewer rings, which can weigh up to 4.5 tonnes, into place. We also use the EC380E to carry out bulk excavation work on new sites that are opening up.”

Equipped with a 13-litre Stage V Volvo 311hp engine, a 6.45 boom and a 3.2m dipper arm, the EC380E machine has a generous lifting capacity of 5.8 tonnes at full reach of across carriage in the worst position, i.e. 1.5m above ground level. It also demonstrate a maximum digging depth of 7.5 metres, a practical load over height of 6.9 metres and a forward reach of 11 metres.

Related posts