H & S Contractors Ltd of Kingsnorth, Hoo in Kent has rekindled its association with Volvo loading shovels in the guise of a 25 tonne L150H for its hire fleet.

The new L150H wheeled loader joins an existing fleet of some sixteen competitive makes of loading shovels, however the company is no stranger to owning and operating Volvo equipment.

“Some while back we had experience of operating Volvo loading shovels in our hire fleet and with regards to the articulated haulers we’ve been running them for a good many years and rate them very highly,” says Plant Manager Keith Rogers. “Historically we have run and continue to operate the Volvo A25 E & F models but earlier this year added to two new A30G’s to the fleet as we see this size of truck becoming more and more popular with our customers,” he continues. “Knowing the reliability and performance of the trucks coupled to Volvo’s ability to support the product we decided to look at the latest H series L150 and re-introduce Volvo loading shovels to the fleet.”

With a carrying capacity of 28 tonnes and heaped capacity of 17.5m³ the Volvo A30G also meets the requirements of Stage IV final emissions legislation being powered by an electronically controlled, six cylinder 264kW turbo charged Volvo V-ACT diesel engine. This features high torque at low engine speeds, resulting in good fuel efficiency and high performance. Purpose built by Volvo, the engine is designed to exactly match the Volvo drive train, ensuring the best use of power and torque, even in tough working conditions.

All machines are fitted with CareTrack as standard, which is Volvo’s telematics system that enables remote monitoring of a wide range of machine functions (e.g. location, fuel consumption, service reminders etc.) thus optimising customer operations. “Since 80% of our total fleet is generally out on non–operated hire, features like CareTrack are important as it helps us monitor the usage of the machines in terms of hours operated and their locations,” says Rogers. In addition the machines are covered by Volvo’s Blue Service Agreement ensuring that they will be regularly maintained at the correct service intervals by qualified Volvo service engineers using genuine Volvo parts – irrespective of where they might be operating in the country.