So says Ian Manley, Quarry Manager at Marshalls’ Howley Park Quarry near Wakefield, as the company takes a further package of Volvo Construction Equipment products.
The addition of another Volvo L180H loading shovel, a fifty-tonne EC480E excavator and an A45G articulated hauler coincides with the commissioning of a brand new crushing plant at the Howley Park facility.
“Up until now we’ve engaged contractors to carry out the primary crushing and screening processes here at Howley Park,” says Ian Manley. “With our new plant coming on stream we therefore needed to add these extra machines to fill the gap and consequently settled on Volvos to complement and mirror our existing machines on site. Flexibility is the key to our operations and the ability to interchange attachments on our shovels and excavators when required is crucial,” he continues. “We’ve found our existing Volvo machines to be highly reliable and productive and to be honest, I cannot speak highly enough about them and indeed the service support we get from the dealer.”
Highly abrasive gritstone is quarried at Howley Park, so consequently the new machines have been supplied to deal with the tough characteristics of the material. For instance, the A45G articulated hauler has been fitted with Hardox 500 wear plates in its 25m³ capacity body; the EC480E is equipped with an attachment mounted heavy duty 3.0m³ rock bucket and the 4.8m³ rehandling bucket mounted on the L180H has benefitted from hard facing on the leading edge and side plates.
As with the five 30-tonne L180Hs supplied last year, the new loading shovel has had Volvo’s Co-Pilot load-assist option installed at the factory. The Co-Pilot load