GAR Contractors Ltd of Highbridge near Bridgwater in Somerset continues a long tradition of owning and operating Volvo machines with the addition of a new twenty two tonne EC220E crawler excavator.

Setting up in business twenty years ago, Gary Reasons started out offering plant for hire besides carrying out general ground working contracts. Since then the company has evolved to specialise in laying and finishing large concrete projects for clients erecting industrial buildings, warehousing as well as agricultural buildings and equestrian centres in and around the Somerset, north Devon and Bristol area.

“My first machine was a backhoe loader and I’ve always believed in the concept of this type of machine,” says Reasons. “In my opinion if a backhoe loader is in the hands of an experienced operator it’s probably the most versatile machine you can have. I was pretty impressed with our first BL61 and we ended up running three over the years and it’s a shame it’s no longer available,” he says.

“We had a specific job in Bristol where we needed a larger machine for muck shifting and some demolition work so on the strength of the after sales service we’d experienced from Volvo we bought a second hand EC210C and that’s been a pretty good machine too,” says Reasons.

The new Stage IV compliant EC220E developing 174 nett horsepower joins the existing EC210C and a smaller fourteen tonne EC140D purchased a few years back.

“Apart from the reliability and good all-round performance, my operators certainly appreciate the comfort and features in the cab,” says Reasons.

Monitoring of the machine’s vital functions and whereabouts is made easy thanks to Volvo’s CareTrack telematics system which is a standard feature on the latest models from Volvo. CareTrack provides operational data remotely via the internet, including fuel consumption and idle time, all helping to reduce cost of ownership and maximise utilisation.