Portland Stone Ltd has taken delivery of a new Volvo EW240E Material Handler for its Broadcroft Waste and Recycling Centre on the Isle of Portland following a successful demonstration and evaluation.
Replacing a competitive model, the new Volvo EW240E MHE takes up residence at the company’s Waste Recycling Facility, handling incoming domestic and industrial waste. “The machine had to meet our criteria for loading the main receiving hopper feeding a trommel and subsequent picking line, as well as loading skips destined for reuse and high-sided bulkers from standing in one position,” explains Managing Director, Danny Nash. “We were pleasantly surprised at how well the machine performed in accomplishing all of its duties and, given the fact that we have had good reliability from our existing Volvo machines, we decided to opt for the EW240E.”
And the newcomer joins an EC220E that was delivered in 2018 which is used for civil and demolition contracts; and an L150G and EC300E working in the quarries on portland for its crushing and screening operations. “All of our Volvos have proved to be very reliable and are appreciated by our operators,” says Portland Stone’s Plant Manager, Aaron Lees. “On top of that, we get excellent support from SMT when it’s required for servicing and parts so we know the new materials handler will be well supported going forwards.”
As with the existing machines in Portland Stone’s fleet, the new EW240E MHE will be covered by a Blue service agreement ensuring that it will be correctly maintained at regular intervals by Volvo trained service engineers using genuine Volvo parts.
Powered by a six-cylinder Volvo engine developing 171 nett hp, the EW240E offers the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication. For example, pump flow is controlled for combined equipment and slewing operations to reduce the flow loss through the overload relief valves, whilst maintaining lift capacity and maximum swing torque. When Eco-mode is selected, the machine provides better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions.
The Volvo Care Cab offers a large roomy interior with plenty of leg room and foot space. The excellent all-round visibility is enhanced by pressurized and filtered cab air supplied by a 14-vent, climate control system. An adjustable easy-to-read LCD colour monitor provides real time information of the machine functions. The EW240E MHE offers the operator the benefit of maximum visibility around the work area thanks to the hydraulically raised and lowered cab with a maximum elevation of 5.7 metres.
The new EW240E has been supplied with a 6.5m straight boom and 4m sorting arm and a Dehaco 800-litre capacity selector grab for the business end of the machine. Thus rigged, the EW240E Material Handler provides a maximum forward reach of 10 metres and a maximum height of 12 metres measured at the attachment pin. With an optimum 800-litre capacity grab, the machine has a generous 3.7 tonnes lifting capacity at maximum reach across carriage with its outriggers down. To facilitate grab rotation, the machine is equipped with x3 hydraulics along with x1 hammer/shear hydraulics and hose rupture valves fitted as standard.
To ensure the machine’s equipment doesn’t collide with the waste transfer shed’s roof, the machine has been equipped with an optional height limiter proximity switch. The EW240E also cuts a dash with its striking Union Jack decal on the machine superstructure.
Based on the Isle of Portland, Portland Stone Ltd offers a range of services including waste recycling, aggregate recycling and crushing, demolition, muck away and skip hire, covering the whole of Dorset. The firm’s activities are underpinned by a comprehensive haulage fleet comprising of skip lorries, tippers, hook loaders and grab lorries.