G Series for Morris & Perry
First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
Independent quarrying company Morris & Perry has taken delivery of a new Volvo L180G loading shovel.
The fleet’s latest addition is in charge of the stocking out an area of Gurney Slade Quarry (in the Mendip Hills, south-west England), keeping the stock piles trim and loading a continual stream of road wagons with an assortment of limestone product ranging from 40mm stone down to dust. It replaces a L180E that had clocked up 24,000 hours on its original engine and transmission.
Equipped with Michelin XLDD2A L5 tyres; a standard 4.4m³ rehandling bucket and RDS 8001 weigh load, the new loading shovel is handling in the region of 2,000tonnes of material in a daily shift.
The new Volvo L180G features a 13litre Tier IIIB compliant engine, optishift transmission and axles all designed and manufactured by Volvo and featuring a full turn tipping load of 17.2tonnes and a 20% increase in lifting force and 10% increase in breakout force over its predecessor. Two stronger, variable displacement load-bearing axial piston pumps and hoses have been introduced to handle the increased pressures, and a new hydraulic cooling system has been designed to reduce the working temperatures by up to 20oC over the F series model.