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Specially designed bucket loads in just two passes

Hull-based Ashcourt Group has added more Volvo machines for its aggregates, civils and recycling divisions during 2018, supplied by SMT GB.

A 34-tonne L260H loading shovel was destined for the company’s Partridge Hall Quarry in North Yorkshire.

“Moving from the smaller L150H to the L260H brings many benefits to our production at Partridge Hall,” said quarry manager Damian Towse. “With its specially designed 7cu m rehandling bucket, we can now load eight-wheeled tippers in just two passes and articulated trailers in three.

”This means the machine is able to dispatch vehicles far quicker and therefore free more time for rehandling material around the quarry.

“We have also seen gains on the overall fuel consumption per tonne moved. We can now manage our activities in the quarry without needing a dumptruck which improves on productivity and costs.”

The L260H features a 13-litre stage-IV final engine developing 420hp in a relatively low 1,100 1,200 rpm. The machine also benefits from Volvo-designed and manufactured driveline components including Optishift with torque converter lock-up and reverse-by-braking feature – all designed to offer considerable fuel savings each shift.

The L260H benefits from an enhanced full-turn tipping load of 24 tonnes with the addition of Goodyear 29.5R25 GP4D tyres.

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