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First Volvo excavator for A&L McCrae

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Thu 09 Jan 2020

First Volvo excavator for A&L McCrae

A&L McCrae of Whitehouse, Argyll, has taken delivery of its first Volvo excavator, opting for a thirty-tonne EC300E. The machine will be deployed on hard rock contract crushing projects undertaken by the family-run civil engineering and contracting business throughout the west of Scotland. The EC300E joins a Volvo 960 motor grader and two A30G articulated haulers purchased by A&L McCrae at the beginning of 2018.

The machine is powered by a Volvo six-cylinder Stage V compliant engine, developing 243hp. Work modes comprise I-idle, F-fine, G- general, H-heavy or P-power, with the machine automatically setting the appropriate engine speed for the selected work mode. The machine is also equipped with an all new Eco mode that works in modes G, H or P. Pump flow is controlled for combined digging and swinging operations to reduce the flow loss through the overload relief valves, while maintaining digging power and maximum swing torque. Eco mode provides better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions.

To combat the typical terrain the machine will be working on, the EC300E has been fitted with optional 600mm double grouser track pads. It also features an optional boom float device and an automatic greasing system for the equipment.

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