LPM Plant Hire & Sales Ltd of Boughton, Nottinghamshire, has opted for seven new Volvo excavators for the first time for its extensive hire fleet.
The package of machines includes five reduced-swing ECR145E crawler excavators – one complete with optional dozer blade and two larger twenty-two tonne EC220E excavators. Whilst no strangers to owning and operating Volvo compact excavators thanks to an excellent relationship with SMT GB’s utility dealer Rickmar Plant Sales Ltd, this is the very first time LPM has taken the decision to purchase larger, general-purpose Volvo excavators for its plant fleet.
“We’ve been particularly impressed with the build quality, performance and stability of the initial ECR145E we’ve just taken delivery of and it’s certainly lived up to our expectations,” says LPM director, Colin Clark. “Already we’re getting good customer feedback endorsing the brand and reputation of the Volvo product and we are expecting much of the same with the remaining 145s and EC220s.”
LPM Plant Hire & Sales Ltd has taken just nine years from starting out as a ‘one-man band’ dealing in lawn mowers to become one of Nottinghamshire’s largest independent plant hire companies.
“Since it was founded, we got into buying and selling smaller equipment such as compact excavators and rollers which then very soon got us into hiring the equipment too in 2012,” says company director, Nick Langford. “Since then, we’ve expanded our product offering substantially to include a full range of micro and mini excavators, larger excavators up to 25 tonnes, a full range of dumpers up to 10 tonnes, skid steer loaders, rollers and tele-handlers ranging from 4 to 14 metres in reach.”
Having a quick inventory tally, the total LPM fleet consists of some 100 site dumpers, 85 micro and mini excavators, 25 telehandlers and 40 larger general purpose excavators, which are now joined by this latest batch of seven Volvo excavators. The entire fleet is available for anything from a one-day hire to a five-year hire contract and offered on a self-drive hire basis. The company has recently enhanced its hire portfolio with the addition of welfare units.
“Our aim is to run the new machines in our hire fleet for roughly three years,” says Colin Clark. “We would then pass them to our sales division for disposal and again, another sound reason for opting for the Volvo equipment is their solid reputation for strong residual values.”