First Volvo BL71B goes to G D’Amore Ltd
- 18 July 2011
- Company & Industry News
The first of the redesigned BL71B backhoe loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment has gone to general building and groundworks contractor G D’Amore Ltd of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
The new BL71B is also the first backhoe loader to be acquired by Mr D’Amore although he is no stranger to operating Volvo equipment. “I bought my first Volvo compact excavator back in 2008 and found the build quality, comfort and performance second to none,” he said. That machine, an ECR48C was replaced earlier this year by a new EC18C (1.8 tonne) and an EC27C (2.7 tonne). “I’ve operated quite a few different makes, but my preferred choice is for the Volvo product,” he continued.
The decision to purchase a backhoe loader was due to one of mobility around the various contracts being undertaken by Giovanni D’Amore in the Peterborough area. “We operate on a number of industrial sites along with our own contracting work and getting from A to B without incurring transport costs led us to the backhoe loader as the obvious solution,” said Giovanni. “Having had a good experience with the Volvo minis we decided to opt for Volvo once again with their BL71B.”
Sporting a new curvier, stylized look, as well as a roomier CareCab, the BL71B ‘Prestige’ sold to G D’Amore Ltd features servo controls and powershift transmission. It has an operating weight of 9.8 tonnes and is powered by a Volvo 5 litre Tier III low emission engine developing 94 nett h.p. The torque converter on the machine is one of the largest in the industry and has excellent peak torque and torque rise and this couple to the powershift transmission maintains progressive traction - even on steep gradients. A differential lock on the rear axle is engaged via a foot switch on the side of the brake pedal and provides maximum rear wheel grip over slippery surfaces.
Both the loader and excavator benefit from flow sharing hydraulics that enable multi-functioning for efficient and smooth operation thanks to load sensing hydraulics that constantly adapt to the needs of the job in hand. With oil delivery that matches the required force, there is always the speed and power required for all hydraulic functions. In applications such as load and carry, where speed is important, the system efficiently delivers the required flow.
The redesigned Volvo CareCab on the BL71B offers 15% more space over its predecessor since the room between the operator’s seat and the left side of the cab has been increased, as has space around the excavator pilot towers, making the position change between loader and excavator easier and more convenient. G D’Amore Ltd offers a complete contracting service including new builds, site maintenance, groundworks in and around the Peterborough area.
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.