Ron Hull Demolition Ltd of Rotherham South Yorkshire has opted for a Volvo EC480E rigged with both High Reach and intermediate demolition equipment.
The delivery of the new machine is the culmination of a long and detailed evaluation of its specification and capabilities that was ultimately considered more favourable by Ron Hull Demolition Ltd when compared to other makes on the market.
The new EC480E has been supplied with both a high reach demolition three-piece boom and a multi demolition boom – both of which are mounted on the patented Volvo modular base boom joint system. The machine also features a hydraulically adjustable undercarriage and hydraulically demountable additional counterweight giving the conventional 50 tonne excavator an all up operating weight of 64 tonnes. Other key options ordered by Ron Hull include a fire suppression system and a Chalwyn engine air intake shutdown valve for working in hazardous environments such as petro-chemical establishments and refineries.
When fitted with the three-piece demolition rig, Ron Hull’s EC480E is capable of handling a maximum tool weight of three and a half tonnes, half a tonne more than standard thanks to the additional weight of the hydraulically adjustable undercarriage. Thus rigged, the machine offers a maximum pin height of 28 metres, a maximum reach of 16 metres and a generous safe operating angle of fifteen degrees.
This is the second time a multi demolition boom option has been sold on a Volvo machine in Great Britain, giving Ron Hull a variety of operating options for different types of demolition work. For instance, the machine can be simply rigged with the secondary boom and dipper arm for normal digging duties. The addition of the multi boom, which is a 3.4 metre extension piece that fits between the modular base boom joint and the remainder of the rig, gives the machine a far greater degree of flexibility and allows a maximum tool weight of five tonnes to be used. The equipment can be fitted in the straight position providing a pin height of 15.8 metres and a safe working radius of 8 metres. It can also be re-configured to work in an angled or bent position. This gives a reduced pin height of 12.9 metres but an increased reach of 9.6 metres – again with a maximum tool weight of five tonnes. This configuration also allows the machine to reach a pin depth of 7 metres and is an ideal solution for underground demolition works such as basements, underground car parks and even underwater demolition.
The hydraulically adjustable undercarriage significantly enhances the overall stability of the EC480E giving an extra one metre of width when working on site but in the retracted position, together with the hydraulically demountable counterweight, means the machine can be conveyed on conventional transport. The EC480E is powered by a Volvo Stage IV 13 litre engine developing 376 nett hp for the two variable displacement pumps each providing 376 litres / minute. Other standard features include the hydraulically tilting operator’s compartment, hammer shear hydraulics and an X3 rotational circuit. The operator’s compartment is fully protected by a Falling Object Guard (FOG) and the superstructure of the machine is protected by a Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) whilst the underbelly plates are made of 10mm thick heavy-duty plate.