Michael Henry opts for new Volvo EC220E


Ickenham based plant hire and civil engineering contractor has opted for a new Volvo EC220E to coincide with a move to raise its profile in the Greater London plant hire market and expand its client portfolio.

Michael Henry Civil Engineering is no stranger to owning and operating Volvo branded equipment, already running an EC220D in its mixed fleet of equipment. “We were in the market to add another twenty-tonne machine to the fleet and our decision to purchase the new Volvo coincided with an EC220E available together with an attractive package,” says Managing Director Michael Henry. “The Volvo excavator has a good reputation for reliability and performance along with a good residual value so we had no problem in opting for the new EC220E”

Powered by a six-cylinder Volvo engine, developing 174 nett hp, the EC220E offers the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication. For example, pump flow is controlled for combined digging and swinging operations to reduce flow loss through the overload relief valves, whilst maintaining digging power 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-t- read LCD colour monitor provides real time information of the machine functions.

The new EC220E is supported by a Volvo Blue service agreement and has been supplied in standard specification which includes hose rupture valves to both boom and dipper cylinders, quick-fit hydraulics and hammer / shear hydraulic lines. The combination of the 5.7m boom and 2.9m dipper arm affords the machine a maximum digging reach of 9.93 metres and a dig depth of 6.73 metres. The practical dumping height is a generous 6.55 metres and the machine’s maximum lifting capacity across carriage at full reach, is an impressive 2.8 tonnes. The machine also sports full ‘boxing ring’ style guarding around the superstructure.

Michael Henry Civil Engineering Ltd is a privately owned company, established in 1982 with just one machine by Michael Henry. Since then it has grown into a well-respected, successful earthworks and plant hire company. The company employs a highly qualified, experienced and motivated workforce with an extensive plant fleet including tracked excavators, dozers and articulated dump trucks.

As well as working on construction and quarrying projects, the company has extensive experience in the waste management sector, providing plant hire for recycling and disposal operations, along with completing numerous contracts including the construction of mineral and composite lined landfill cells and restoration works.


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