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Bigger & Better: Nixon Hire Adds Larger Volvo Excavators To Fleet

6 February 2015
Larger Volvo Excavators
A demand for larger fourteen and twenty two tonne excavators has prompted Nixon Hire to add eight Volvo EC140D and six Volvo EC220D models to its extensive hire fleet.  

The addition of these larger models complements a total of 180+ Volvo compact excavators ranging from 1.5 to 8.8 tonnes already supplied throughout 2014. The total number of excavators in the Nixon Hire fleet is 506. “Historically we have concentrated on compact excavators up to around 9 tonnes for the fleet,” explains Nixon Hire’s Mike Haskayne. "We found we were cross hiring in the larger excavators to satisfy demand from our customers across our Northern England and Scottish depot network, so the logical step was to go for all out purchase.”

"This decision is already proving to be worthwhile as the machines have been extremely popular with our customers and out on hire already!"

Mike concluded "This investment forms just part of the Nixon Hire Capital Expenditure Programme for 2015 which due to business growth and an upturn in market confidence, will see the largest fleet investment ever made by the company. "

"It's important we continue to invest in our fleet to ensure our customers receive modern and reliable equipment which fulfil all necessary safety standards".

The EC140D and EC220D are powered by Volvo four and six cylinder engines developing 114hp and 175hp respectively which contribute to an excellent performance being well matched to the machines’ hydraulics. The ‘Integrated work mode control’ provides high efficiency, rapid dig cycles and low fuel consumption.  This advanced mode control system ensures the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. In addition, boom and arm geometry provide highly competitive digging forces and lifting capacities, which makes for faster work cycles. Hose rupture valves are fitted as standard to the boom and dipper cylinders as are quick fit hydraulics and a hammer/shear service.

The Volvo Care Cab offers a large roomy interior with plenty of leg room and foot space. The excellent all round visibility is enhanced by pressurized and filtered cab air supplied by a 14 vent, climate control system. An adjustable easy to read LCD colour monitor provides real time information of the machine functions, important diagnostic information and a wide variety of work tool settings. The monitor also doubles as a monitor for the rear view camera. An optional heavy duty guard has been added to the front windscreen and top of the cabin to prevent damage from brash, branches and other site debris.

All fourteen machines have been supplied complete with full guarding around the superstructures, hydraulic quick hitches and a full set of digging and grading buckets and will be based strategically at Nixon Hire centres located in the north of England, the central belt and north of Scotland.