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05 October 2018

Sand and gravel supplier boosted by Volvo loading shovel

First published05/10/2018
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The Volvo L150H loading shovel in operation at Angle Park Sand & Gravel's Mountcastle pit
Production flows at Angle Park Sand & Gravel's Mountcastle pit have been assisted with the recent arrival of a 25-tonne Volvo L150H loading shovel.


Angle Park Sand & Gravel is an independent Scottish family-run business set up in 1961 by founder Frank Cuthbert that operates two sand and gravel pits - Mountcastle and Melville Gates - close to Ladybank, Cupar, in the Howe of Fife.

The new L150H, supplied by Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) dealer SMT GB, is Angle Park's largest loading shovel to date which was displayed at this year’s ScotPlant event. The machine is in charge of all the main activities at the Mountcastle pit including digging at the face, feeding the plant and loading out road going wagons.

“We specified the machine with boom suspension for long load and carry work but also, with the larger capacity bucket, we can turn vehicles around much quicker too,” says Peter Cuthbert, who runs Angle Park Sand & Gravel with his father Ian. “Another important point for us was opting for the Volvo Load Assist feature and this is really paying dividends towards the machine’s efficiency on site. There is less than 1% discrepancy between what the machine is loading to, to what is weighed on the weigh-bridge and this saves significant time when loading vehicles, forgoing the need for them to top up or discard excess loads which makes our production flow faster.”

The L150H features Volvo designed and manufactured driveline components designed to enable fuel savings every shift, with a 13-litre 300hp Volvo stage-IV engine. SMT GB says one of the key features is that a maximum torque of 1317Nm is achieved at just 1,450rpm with the resultant fuel savings further enhanced by the Volvo Eco-pedal, encouraging the operator to run the machine at its optimum rpm in the engine’s torque.

Angle Park supplies its products throughout the Central Belt of Scotland and provides sand and gravel supplies to the domestic and commercial markets.

SMT GB markets Volvo CE products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain.

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