R Collard Ltd of Eversley, near Hook, Hampshire has taken delivery of the first demolition specified Volvo EC750E to be sold in Great Britain
The seventy-five tonne excavator is an addition to R Collard’s extensive mixed fleet of mobile plant and was purchased for a highly prestigious twelve month demolition contract awarded to Collard that takes place in the west of London.
The decision to opt for the Volvo EC750E was due primarily to the availability of a suitably sized machine for the start of the contract, according to Managing Director Robert Collard. “We were impressed with the specification and build quality of the EC750E when we went to Rotterdam to inspect the machine at Volvo’s European machine receiving centre,” says Robert. “And watching it go to work on its first day on site, I’m equally impressed with the machine’s performance and very satisfied with our purchasing decision,” he continues.
Collard’s new machine is the prime demolition tool on a large project taking place in West London, capable of dismantling up to four storey disused buildings and multi-storey car parks on an extensive 20-acre site. The machine has been specified with 7.7m boom, a 3.55 dipper arm and a Hill Engineering hydraulic TEFRA hitch which can facilitate the fitting of a 4.0m³ heavy duty bucket and a range of demolition tools including a 7.5-tonne Verachtert shear which can tackle both concrete and steel.
In order to operate a range of hydraulically powered attachments, the EC750E has been equipped with both hammer/shear lines and an X3 rotation circuit. The machine can be programmed with pre-set flows and pressures for the different attachments being used. For example, the massive 7.5-tonne shear operates at 800 litres per minute and a working pressure of 350bar.
Other features found on the machine are a full FOGS guard surrounding the operators cab, full slew-ring protection, bucket and boom cylinder guards to protect against falling debris, and SIPS protection on the offside of the machine. The upper structure sports full boxing ring style hand rails and the machine’s operator benefits from all round vision thanks to the rearward and sideward mounted cameras.
At the heart of the EC750E, a 16-litre Stage-IV V-ACT engine developing 533 nett hp operates in conjunction with an advanced mode control system ensuring the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. A maximum torque of 2570Nm is achieved at just 1350r/min and this in conjunction with the machine’s advanced hydraulic system ensures maximum fuel efficiency is achieved through every work cycle.
R Collard Ltd specializes in demolition, waste recycling and skip hire, recycled aggregates and land remediation. The company’s operation based at Eversley near Hook, Hampshire is supported by recycling centres strategically placed across the Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire borders together with a large fleet of skip, muck away and aggregate road going vehicles.
Established in 1994, Hill Engineering have been designing and manufacturing excavator attachments for 23-years. The company’s award winning quick coupler, the TEFRA, is designed for excavators ranging from 3T to 120T. Its bucket range includes the TITAN HD (standard) and HDX (rock) buckets from 13T upwards, which encompasses all forms such as trench, grading, riddle and V buckets. The company also manufacture rippers up to 75T and pallet forks up to 20T.