Didcot Plant News January 2007

1st January 2007

Digger Range Extends to 8 Tonne Volvo

8.0-tonne diggerIn December we added a Volvo ECR88 8.2 tonne mini excavator on rubber tracks to the hire fleet.

The ECR88 is a hugely impressive machine, built to be comfortable, powerful and safe.

Comfortable in tight spaces

With its short swing radius and offset digging ability the ECR88 offers the ultimate in manoeuvrability and usability however tight the site is.

The cab is packed with features with the operator in mind. A wide, uncluttered floor gives plenty of leg room and an adjustable suspension seat has a high back for extra comfort. The joysticks and ergonomic armrests are mounted to the consoles and can be adjusted independently of the seat. These easy-grip high-response control levers provide precise movements and reduce operator fatigue.

The rubber mounted cab helps to reduce vibration and is fitted with large flat windows within narrow cab pillars for ultimate visibility and safety. The heating and air conditioning system helps to keep it comfortable at all times regardless of the weather.

Powerful performance

The ECR88 is fitted with the latest low emission, water-cooled, direct injection Volvo 4-cylinder diesel engine and load sensing hydraulic system that together result in impressive breakout and tear-out performance.

It features an auto-idling system for increased efficiency that lowers the engine speed to idle if the operator controls are not used for five seconds. The system returns the engine to the pre-selected speed once the controls are used again. This feature reduces fuel consumption, increases engine life expectancy and reduces noise.

The load-sensing hydraulic system is state of the art. The speed of the hydraulic movements depend only on the position of the power-assisted, multi function control levers – regardless of load and number of simultaneous cylinder movements – to instantly supply only the necessary power.

Safe design

The safety of the operator and those around him has been an important aspect of the design process during the development of the ECR88. As mentioned above the cab is fitted with large flat windows within narrow cab pillars for ultimate visibility and safety and the glass is laminated so that should it break it stays in one piece. ROPS, FOPS and TOPS safety protection also come fitted as standard and all machine controls are locked out when the console is raised to prevent accidents when the operator is getting into or out of the cab.

The ECR88 provides large excavator technology and performance in a more compact package. At just 2300mm wide and 2680mm high but with a maximum digging depth of 4870mm the ECR88 reaches the jobs heavier diggers cannot.

View the full range of diggers in our hire catalogue

Skip Loading Power Barrow

Skip loading power barrowJust arrived are two TCP Hi-T500 skip loading power barrows, bought to replace the Honda standard tip power barrows.

Designed and manufactured in Britain, the Hi-T500 provides an impressive package of features.

Narrow access, good payload

At just 700mm wide the Hi-T500 goes just about anywhere, including through a 2’6″ doorframe. It has a carrying capacity of 500kg (200 litres) and can tip to 1200mm – the height of a standard skip. The high tipping linkage design also allows for a full 180 degree discharge of the payload at low level.

Reduced noise and vibration

The Hi-T500 boasts a reduction in noise levels to conform to the 2006 Noise at Work regulations and the ergonomically designed operating position has been independently verified to reduce hand/arm vibration (HAV).

Powerful engine, great performance

Fitted with an electric start Kubota OC95 diesel engine the Hi-T500 has a forward speed of 4kph and the drive and control are fully hydrostatic.

The TCP Hi-T500 skip loading power barrow can be hired at £150 per week (less applicable discount) + vat.

Skip loading power barrows can be found in the Dumpers section of our hire catalogue.

Improved Online Catalogue

Screenshots of online hire catalogueOur online hire catalogue at www.didcotplant.co.uk has seen quite a few improvements recently.

Many of the items within the catalogue now carry a photograph and additional specification information.

So if you need to know the width or weight of a machine or any other pertinent information it’s a quick and easy place to find it.

Service Still the Priority Heading into 2007

What you can expect from Didcot Plant as we head into the new year:

  • Transport to and from site STILL FREE for all account customers
  • A quick response for all deliveries
  • An honest evaluation of timescales for deliveries
  • A quick response for all on site problems with either a mobile fitter and/or an exchange provided ASAP
  • A wide range of equipment from leading manufacturers maintained to the highest standards
  • Competitive standard hire rates with negotiated special rates when appropriate
  • An ‘honest and decent’ approach to business