05/07/2004

Donaghy Select The BL71backhoe Loader From Volvo

Glasgow based ground works and site preparation contractor Donaghy Ltd has taken delivery of its first Volvo BL71 backhoe loader for its expanding hire division, Bridgend Plant Hire.

The new recruit joins eight existing Volvo EC140BLC (14 tonne) crawler excavators that have been introduced over the last two years.

The recently delivered Volvo BL71 is the first to be delivered in Scotland’s central belt and was selected after a detailed appraisal by and demonstration to Donaghy Ltd. Director Edward Donhaghy said: “We liked the robust look of the machine and its performance was certainly impressive.

”So far the BL71 has been deployed on the Company’s own building and ground works contracts, but Mr Donaghy plans to offer this together with the Company’s 14 tonne excavators for general hire on the open market.

“Even though the backhoe loader population is diminishing we are still experiencing a demand for this type of machine and with the quality product we’ve found in the Volvo BL71, we intend to exploit a niche in the local market.”

Powered by a Volvo 4 litre turbocharged engine developing 94 hp, the BL71 offers excellent performance with good fuel economy. This is enhanced by a state of the art load sensing hydraulic system.

The BL71 is robustly apportioned and weighing in at 8.6 tonnes the high quality of build is immediately apparent. The rugged front end complete with 1.0cu.m four-in-one bucket provides a massive 53.5kN of breakout force. Mounted on 16/70 x 20 tyres, the front axle has a dynamic load rating of 8.6 tonnes. Return to dig is fitted as standard as is the unique boom suspension system. The backhoe performance is equally impressive, with a bucket digging force when extended of 59kN. Maximum digging depth is a generous 5.37m, digging reach is 8.29m and practical load over height extends to 4.8m. Hammer hydraulic and quick fit lines are fitted as standard.

Inside the ROPS, FOPS and TOPS spacious and generously proportioned cab, the operator is afforded a superb field of vision all around the machine. Access and egress is made safe and comfortable by means of well positioned, self cleaning steps. The tiltable steering column adjusts to suit any operator and to add to operator comfort.

Servo controlled levers facilitate ease of operation for both the front end loader and a choice of backhoe lever control patterns to suit individual operating preference can be specified for the rear end.

To cater for Donaghy Ltd’s progressive expansion along with its plant hire division, the Company has recently moved to its new headquarters in Govan, Glasgow from its previous location at Riverside Business Park. The Company carries out its own maintenance and adopts the policy of ‘one man to one machine’ to ensure the fleet is kept in tip top condition.

Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd market wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders and Volvo Compact Equipment. Eight strategically placed customer support centres ensure high quality customer support.

For further information, please contact Mark Gunns Tel:01223 251720 Fax: 01223 832799 Mobile:07974 973408 or Email:mark.gunns@volvo.com


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