Machine reliability and sound back up

Sam Marles, proprietor of Sam Marles Plant Hire based at Woodbury Salterton near Exeter has endorsed his initial experiences dealing with Volvo’s utility dealer Plant & Engineering Services two years ago by ordering a new ECR25D zero swing excavator and an ECR88D reduced swing excavator for his hire and contracting business.
Since setting up his plant and contracting business ten years ago, owner Sam Marles has enjoyed the last two of them operating a Volvo EC R28 zero swing excavator. “The majority of our work is contracting to Western Power Distribution which means we have to be ready to react to demand 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that’s just not possible unless you have good machine reliability and sound back up from the local dealer,” explains Sam. “I’ve been impressed with the support from Plant & Engineering Services which helped me decide to opt for the Volvo brand once again,” he continues.
The new ECR25D replaces his two year old ECR28 whilst at the same time he has invested in the larger 8.8 tonne ECR88D. “Besides our core business we have secured regular contract work maintaining two local caravan parks and the ECR88D is ideally suited to the task,” says Sam. And to satisfy the requirements of these diverse activities, the ECR25D has had optional hose rupture valves fitted to both the boom and dipper arm cylinders for handling electricity poles whilst the ECR88D has been equipped with an Engcon Tiltrotator making the machine highly productive and flexible on site.
Replacing the ECR28, the ECR25D is powered by a 1.1 litre low emission engine developing 21hp. It has an operating weight of 2.5 tonnes and depending on the choice of dipper arm it can give a maximum reach of up to 4.77 meters and a dig depth of 2.96 metres. The larger ECR88D however features a Volvo Tier IIIB 2.6 litre engine developing 56 nett horsepower and closed centre load sensing hydraulic system for fast cycle times and smooth control. The machine offers a generous horizontal reach of 7.3 metres and a lift capacity of 960kg at full reach across the carriage.
Sam Marles Plant Hire is a family run business which has an established reputation for providing a quality service operating within the South West Commercial and Domestic construction market for over 10 years. Besides a long standing contract with Western Power Distribution the company has gained a considerable reputation for constructing horse arenas and horse riding schools in the Exeter / south Devon locality.
Plant & Engineering Services Ltd of Beare near Exeter is the dealer for Volvo utility covering the south west of England.
Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility and road machinery products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout Great Britain.

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