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Reduced tail swing Volvo for J D Pope & Sons Ltd.

by Richard Cosgrove  |  Thu 23 Apr 2020

Reduced tail swing Volvo for J D Pope & Sons Ltd.

J D Pope & Sons Ltd have seen the addition of a reduced swing Volvo ECR145E and ECR235E to their family-run, Highbridge based, plant hire and earthworks contracting company.

Having owned and operated a succession of Volvo wheeled and tracked excavators since purchasing their first machine, an EC210B, back in 2001, the company first ventured into reduced swing territory for its plant fleet last year, purchasing an ECR145E. This machine is now joined by its larger twenty-five tonne brother, the ECR235E.

Established in 1967, J D Pope & Sons continues its legacy as a family owned and managed company, with proprietor John Pope being supported in the day-to-day running of the company by both of his sons, Steve and Gary. From its base located in Somerset, the company is active across the south west of England. The company’s main focus is on contracts for the local water authorities, including: pipeline and drainage contracts, general civil engineering and muck shifting projects.

Steve Pope has been impressed with the performance of the reduced swing excavators when compared to the conventional machines, with the additional benefit of being able to work in confined spaces. A good deal of their work is contracting to the local water authorities and Steve feels the ECR235E demonstrates an exceptional lifting capacity, as well as a high degree of stability when handling heavy sewer and man-hole rings.  

In all, J D Pope & Sons Ltd own and operate six Volvo excavators, which are all covered by a Blue Volvo service agreement. This means the machines will be maintained by highly qualified SMT engineers, using genuine Volvo parts at the correct service intervals.


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