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JD Pope’s wheel of fortune

Contracting, plant hire and demolition contractor J D Pope has added a new Volvo EW160C wheeled excavator to its fleet.

The Somerset-based firm’s director Steve Pope said Volvo’s after-market support was the deciding factor in choosing the EW160C.

The excavator is equipped with a two-piece boom, specified to facilitate ease of access and flexibility, especially for sinking sewer shafts and working in confined areas and trench boxes. J D Pope has fitted the machine with Bandenmarkt wheel and tyre assemblies that, when mated with bespoke twin wheel and tyre assemblies mounted on each hub, give the appearance of one giant tyre, negating the need for stone rings while maximising the floatation possibilities of the machine.

This is the third machine that the firm has fitted with this wheel and tyre assembly. “We were able to achieve 11,000 machine hours on our first set over two machines,” said Pope.

The 17.6t EW160C is powered by a Volvo 6L low emission Tier III engine developing 142hp and a maximum torque of 730Nm at just 1,350rpm. With its two-piece boom, the machine provides a digging depth of 6m and a forward reach of 9.7m, as well as a lift capacity of 6t at 3m radius.

  • Volvo Construction Equipment has been awarded a gold award for occupational health and safety from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) for the first time in its trading history.

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