New departure for Arnold Plant Hire Ltd
- 11 August 2011
- Company & Industry News
Arnold Plant Hire Ltd of Bredbury, Stockport has broken with tradition by purchasing to new Volvo L50F loading shovels for its extensive hire fleet.
Looking to replace a pair of competitive models for an on going long term contract hire, the company settled on the Volvo product following a successful demonstration and competitive evaluation. “We’ve had experience with excavators from the Volvo range that gave us good reliability and availability but this is the first time we’ve switched to their loading shovels,” explained Arnold Plant’s Service Director Alan Laithwaite. “This coupled to the outcome of the recent demonstration and the very positive feedback from the personnel on site persuaded us in taking a leap of faith with the L50F’s.”
The pair of loading shovels has been put in charge of handling a wide variety of road materials ranging from road planings, aggregates, tar macadam to sub base and crushed concrete in a local authority’s stock yard servicing the demands from the Greater Manchester area. With the diverse range of product, both machines have been supplied with several attachments that can be interchanged thanks to the Volvo quick coupler. These include a 1.4m³ general purpose and a 2.0m³light material buckets as well as pallet forks, complementing existing attachments on site including high tip and heavy duty buckets.
The L50F along with its smaller brother, the L45F, are two mid-sized wheeled loaders in Volvo Construction Equipment’s F series line up and share the same design of the rear chassis with its sloping engine hood - thanks to the transverse mounted 4.8 litre Tier III engine and hydrostatic motor, providing superb visibility all around the machine. The Volvo Care Cab was recognised as a key factor in selecting the L50F by the personnel on site who appreciated the high level of comfort, all round ergonomics, good functionality of the controls and air conditioning.
With an operating weight of 9430kg, the L50F has a generous full turn tip load of 5900kg with the optimum bucket size of 1.4m³ and the engine output of 117hp is superbly matched to the hydrostatic transmission allowing full power shift under load when changing direction and between speed ranges. As with its bigger brothers in the range the L50F sports a Torque Parallel (TP) loader linkage which provides smooth, parallel lift, high roll back torque and good lifting power throughout the lift cycle. The Volvo hydraulic attachment bracket facilitates the easy change over of attachments.
Established twenty years ago Arnold Plant Hire Ltd hires plant and machinery to the construction industry on long and short term contracts on a self drive nationwide basis. The company operates in excess of 100 items of mobile plant including mini-excavators from 1.5 ton to 7 ton; backhoe loaders; tracked excavators from 13 to 20 tonnes; wheeled loading shovels; telescopic handlers and hydraulic breakers. The entire fleet is maintained in house by a fleet of mobile and workshop based engineers.
Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.