The consistent quality of after-market support offered to Argyll based TSL Contractors Ltd by SMT GB’s local home based engineer backed up by the customer support centre at Stirling has prompted another order for a Volvo ECR235E reduced swing excavator.

This latest machine follows a range of Volvo Construction Equipment products which were supplied two years ago and have proved to be high on productivity, performance and reliability.

“More importantly for us, SMT GB has demonstrated a consistent quality of after-market support when it’s been needed,” says TSL’s Plant Manager Stuart Lawrie. “When we’ve called on SMT for assistance we always get a response the same day and we cannot praise Neil Bruce, the home based engineer enough for his support. He goes the extra mile to get issues resolved for us.”

Choosing a reduced swing excavator is a new departure for TSL Contractors Ltd.

“The ECR235E is an ideal sized machine for the duties we will be using it for,” says Lawrie. “These include excavating deep cuts in relatively tight spaces when creating new hydro scheme projects and the reduced swing capability means the overall amount of material required to be removed is reduced. The machine will also be used on our new housing projects where once again significant muck shifting can take place in confined spaces on site.”

TSL Contractors Ltd also opted for a Steelwrist X26 Tiltrotator.

“The whole combination gives us a huge amount of flexibility allowing us to carry out virtually all the requirements on very tight and confined sites with the minimum amount of manoeuvring and travel,” says Lawrie. “Overall, it’s given us a new dimension to our operations and is completely on top of the job.”

The ECR235E is equipped with a Stage IV 6 litre Volvo engine producing 174 hp which operates in conjunction with an advanced mode control system ensuring the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. Equipped with a 5.7m monobloc boom and 2.9m dipper arm, the maximum reach is a generous 9.5 metres, dig depth measures 6.75 metres and practical load over height equals 7.87 metres. The lifting capacity across carriage at full reach is an impressive 3.1 tonnes and the all up operating weight is 25 tonnes.