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01 August 2019

Skene adds Volvo loading shovels to quarrying fleet

First published01/08/2019
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One of Skene's new Volvo L220H loading shovels in operation

Scottish quarry operator Skene Group Construction Services has added three more Volvo L220H loading shovels to its fleet.

The Glenrothes, Fife-based company says two of the shovels will be used at its Soutra Mains quarry with the third operating at the Lomond quarry.
Two new L220H loading shovels join two existing L220s at Soutra with this particular size of machine being the optimum model of choice for carrying out rehandling and stocking out duties around the quarry. The machines have been specified with Michelin XMineD2 29.5R25 tyres and large capacity 5.6m³ rehandling buckets, auto lube and boom suspension. The L220H which has been put in charge of similar duties at Lomond quarry has been equipped in the same fashion.

The 32-tonne L220H is powered by a 13 litre stage IV final engine developing 380hp in a relatively low rpm range of between 1300 and 1400 rpm and maximum torque achieved at just 1100 r/min. The machine’s full turn tipping load equipped with its rehandling bucket is a generous 22 tonnes and breakout force is measured at 229kN.

Skene Group Construction Services has been operating L220H shovels at Soutra for the past five years. Skene's joint MD Darren Forrester said: “The first L220H machine here at Soutra Mains replaced a smaller L180F to increase production and we considered the specification closely in order to achieve just a two bucket pass loading out eight wheeled lorries.

“We added a second L220H two years ago based on the strength of the reliability and productivity of the older unit machine and in total we now run four loading shovels at Soutra and have introduced another L220H at our Lomond facility to cope with ever increasing demands on our production output.”

All of Skene’s existing fleet of Volvo branded equipment have been supplied with Volvo’s Blue service agreements which are based on a fixed rate per scheduled service and a fixed rate for mileage including oil sampling and regular inspections to be reviewed on an annual basis. These latest additions however, have been supplied with a Volvo Gold agreement which is a full repair and maintenance package whereby SMT GB takes charge of everything when it comes to scheduled maintenance, breakdowns and repairs.

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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