Premier Package for Kelston Sparkes Group

Premier Package for Kelston Sparkes Group

Marking the 40th anniversary since purchasing their first Volvo 860T articulated hauler, the Kelston Sparkes Group has made a significant investment in continuing with the Volvo brand with the purchase of new articulated haulers, excavators and loading shovels. 

In all a total of six new A40F articulated haulers, two EC480D excavators and two L110G loading shovels have been purchased for several prestige contracts currently being undertaken by Kelston Sparkes in the close proximity to the company’s headquarters. Says Managing Director Alan Sparkes; “We’ve been very fortunate to secure mid to long term contracts within the extractive industry in the south west of the country and in particular the Mendips. As a major contractor to several established companies we are committed to work as a team with our clients in delivering a quality service with experienced personnel and first class products. In turn we rely on known and trusted suppliers such as Volvo to help support our endeavours as we recover, as an industry as a whole, from the recent unprecedented recession.”

The six new 40 tonne trucks have been deployed on a major contract within one of the largest quarries in the Mendips and join an existing mixed fleet of twelve of Sparkes’ A30E’s and A40E’s. The 42 week contract entails the re-siting of approximately 4M tonnes of scalpings from the quarry’s old tip to a worked out area of the site which involves a 2.5 kilometre round trip in order to expose a fresh reserve or urgently required stone. Elsewhere in an adjacent part of the quarry Kelston Sparkes is engaged in loading and hauling blasted limestone from the face to the quarry’s mobile crusher which involves hauling 1.4 million tonnes of rock on a rolling five year contract.

Equipped with full tailgates, oil bath air cleaners and conforming to the current quarry regulations with regards to safety features, the A40F trucks meet the requirements of Stage IIIB emissions legislation. An electronically controlled, six cylinder turbo charged Volvo V-ACT diesel engine developing 347 nett hp features high torque at low engine speeds, resulting in good fuel efficiency, high performance, quicker engine response and less wear, i.e. long service life. Purpose built by Volvo, the V-ACT engine is designed to exactly match the Volvo drive train, ensuring the best use of power and torque, even in tough working conditions. The engine in the drivetrain is matched to a torque converter with built in lock-up function and fitted with a fully automatic fast adaptive transmission. Its shafts, planetary gears and bearings are all reinforced to cope with the higher torque produced by the increased capacity engine.

Two new Volvo EC480D excavators have also been acquired by Kelston Sparkes Group and similar to the new trucks, these have been deployed on local extractive contracts within the Mendips. Complying with quarry regulations the 49 tonne machines have been equipped with full safety features including safety rails around the machine superstructure, red and white chevrons on the counterweight and full cab windscreen guard. Again equipped with Stage IIIB V-Act 13 litre engines, the EC480D develops 348 nett hp and is ideally matched to its automatic sensing mode hydraulic system. Heavy duty rock handling buckets with reinforced wear edges have been fitted to cope with the rigours of the application loading blasted rock into mobile crushers.

Completing the line-up are two new Volvo L110G loading shovels which replace existing Volvo L120E and F models on a couple of long standing waste rehandling contracts within the Avonmouth area.

“Historically we’ve built up our reputation for high quality contracting from numerous nationwide contracts,” continued Alan Sparkes. “Having weathered the turmoil of the last couple of years however we’ve thought long and hard about the Group’s future and concluded that providing a sound, solid service concentrating on the extractive industry in the south west of the country with reliable kit and product support is the way forward. And we’re pleased that in doing so we continue our long standing partner relationship with the team from Volvo CE.”     

The Kelston Sparkes Group is based at Stanton Drew near Bristol and provides a first class contracting service including earthmoving, extraction, crushing and screening as well as general plant hire.

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