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Blackwood Plant’s fleet expands with six Volvos


Ayrshire-based Blackwood Plant Hire has just taken delivery of its latest batch of Volvo equipment, with the arrival of six ECR58 Plus reduced swing radius compact excavators.

Blackwood has been steadily increasing its fleet since it was established in 2001, and now has more than 140 individual items of mobile plant. This year alone the company has purchased a range of Volvo equipment including 14, 22t and 30t excavators.

Managing director Tom Blackwood said: “The business has really taken off this year and our recent investment in a whole range of equipment has been driven by demand from our own client base which has become extremely wide and diverse.”

He added that diversification has been the key to growth in the current climate, with the firm now servicing clients throughout the UK in a wide range of activities, including civil engineering, plant hire, demolition and specialist low ground pressure machines.

The new compact excavators were bought specifically for work on Network Rail contracts, and are fitted with hose rupture valves on both the boom and dipper cylinders as well as safe load indicators and limited slew proximity switches.

Blackwood said: “It’s imperative that machine availability is 100% for this type of work and we know from our past experiences operating Volvo EC55’s that the investment in these reduced swing variants is the right one for our important rail contracts.”

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