Another Volvo L220H loading shovel has been delivered to Collier Quarrying & Recycling, a division of the Collier Group, located at Cowdenbeath in Fife, and takes up rehandling duties at the company’s Goat Hill Quarry along with two L220H’s that were delivered at the end of 2014.
The new recruit joins the team of Volvo frontline shovels and has allowed a veteran L150C to semi-retire for use on secondary and standby duties as production at the Goat Hill facility steps up. In particular, the machines are in charge of the stocking out area where high-quality Plus-65 PSV stone chippings are loaded out on both the company’s fleet of Volvo road-going lorries as well as general haulage distributing material as far afield as the Midlands. And since a significant financial investment has been made in establishing a block making and concrete panel making production plant, the need for another loading shovel equipped with a 5.6m³ rehandling bucket has been crucial for this new venture.
The Volvo L220H features a 13-litre stage-IV final engine developing 373hp in a relatively low rpm range of between 1,300 and 1,400 rpm. The machine also benefits from Volvo designed and manufactured driveline components including Optishift with torque converter lock-up and reverse-by-braking feature – all designed to offer considerable fuel savings on every shift. Fuel savings are further enhanced by the Volvo Eco-pedal, encouraging the operator to run the machine at its optimum rpm in the engine’s torque curve.
It’s not just Volvo Construction Equipment products that are favoured by the Collier Group, since the company also operates eighteen Volvo road-going vehicles in the guise of concrete mixers, haul and drag units, low loaders and eight wheeled tippers, and is also a fan of the FMX range of trucks.
Collier Quarrying & Recycling produce a high-quality Plus-65 PSV stone product besides recycled Type-1 and Class-6F2 materials. In addition, the company produces sub and top soils along with bulk infill materials. The Goat Hill facility houses a recycling centre that can accommodate inert construction waste, such as road plannings, demolition materials, soils and sub-base materials and as mentioned, now has a highly productive block-making and concrete panel making plant recently established on site. Together with its heavy plant and haulage fleet, the Group is fully equipped to take on large site clearance and earth moving contracts from start to finish.