Skene Group Construction Services Ltd of Glenrothes, Fife, has added a second Volvo L220H loading shovel to work at its Soutra Mains Quarry facility which joins the very first L220H sold in Great Britain three years ago.

Joining its three year-old brother, the new recruit has been similarly specified to carry out duties in the rehandling and stocking out area at Skene Group’s Soutra Mains quarry. As with all of the Skene Group’s mobile fleet, the machine proudly displays its striking Skene Group logo and has been equipped with XMineD2 tyres and a 5.6m³ rehandling bucket, auto-lube and boom suspension. The 32-tonne shovel is powered by a 13-litre stage-IV final engine developing 373hp in a relatively low rpm range of between 1,300 and 1,400 rpm.

“The first L220H machine here at Soutra Mains replaced a smaller L180F to increase production and we considered the specification closely in order to achieve just a two-bucket pass loading out eight-wheeled lorries,” says Joint Managing Director, Darren Forrester. “We’ve now added a second L220H on the strength of the reliability and productivity of the three year-old machine and in total we now run four loading shovels to cope with ever increasing demands on our production output since we introduced block-making and ready-mix production facilities in April 2015.”

As with Skene Group’s existing fleet of Volvo branded equipment, these newest arrivals have been supplied with Volvo’s Blue service agreements which are based on a fixed rate per scheduled service and a fixed rate for mileage, including oil sampling and regular inspections to be reviewed on an annual basis.

“The decision to outsource the regular servicing, inspections and oil sampling back to the original manufacture makes perfect sense in our opinion,” says Forrester. “Having Volvo looking after the equipment with their own trained engineers using genuine parts with the proper disposal of all used oils and materials gives us both peace of mind, and a tight control on each machine’s life time cost.”