777 Group reach for the sky with a Volvo EC700BLC
- 04 April 2007
- Company & Industry News
This latest investment follows fast on the heels of the first two Volvo units taken by 777 at the beginning of 2006 and at the same time an additional EC360BLC has also been delivered. "We've been very impressed with the performance of the original two thirty six tonne units and our decision to try the Volvo brand has paid dividends," commented 777's Malcolm Beatty. "So when it cam time to invest in a 35m reach machine for the fleet we had no worries in choosing Volvo," he continued.
Although the Volvo EC700 might be considered a medium sized machine in 777's arsenal (their largest unit weighing in at one hundred and sixty tonnes with a 52m reach), this is the first largest demolition rig supplied on a Volvo excavator in the world. The complete modification of the machine and construction of the equipment has been undertaken by Messrs Kokurek Excavators of Ipswich working in close co-operation with the 777 Group and Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd.
The EC700BLC thus configured features a telescoping three piece demolition rig with the intermediate boom offering a telescopic extension of three metres to give a maximum reach of 35m to the attachment pin. Maximum attachment weight at this height is 2.5 tonnes. The rig also boasts a generous horizontal forward reach of 17m at a height of 24m. A hammer / shear circuit with large bore return line, and rotation circuit are fitted on the equipment along with a water suppression system powered by a hydraulic pump. In the operator's compartment, a fully tilting seat is fitted and an uninterrupted field of view through the cab roof assist the operator with the task in hand. This is further enhanced with a close circuit camera mounted on the underside of the fly arm just prior to where the attachment is fitted. Heavy duty belly plates, side impact protection rails, heavy duty FOGS guard and bucket cylinder guard for the standard backacter arm complete the extra guarding on the machine.
The all up operating weight of the machine including additional counterweight and the interchangeable pre boom is approximately 79.6 tonnes. The new Volvo EC700B is equipped with the largest-capacity engine in its class of excavators, the Volvo D16C EAE3, with an output of 464 gross horsepower at 1,800 rpm. The engine is Tier 3-compliant utilizing the Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology (V-ACT) power system that is matched with Volvo hydraulic systems to provide high digging and crowding forces, and smooth, harmonized operation in all conditions.
777 Demolition was founded back in 1964 by the current Managing Director's father and since then Michael Pearce has steadily grown his demolition and haulage business to encompass a complete recycling and waste management division together with an environmental removal and remediation division, specialising in the safe handling of asbestos. The latest Volvo machines join a fleet of some thirty five excavators which are engaged on 777 Demolition projects covering the whole of the U.K. The Company carries out its own maintenance programme and supports its fleet of equipment with a complement of five mobile service engineers.
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