1st ABG Paver in Volvo livery is delivered in GB
The eagerly awaited unveiling of the ABG range of pavers in the new Volvo livery has co-incided with the delivery of the 6870 wheeled model to Derek Lewis (Plant Hire) Ltd.
Derek Lewis (Plant Hire) Ltd, a family run road surfacing contracting business based in Bentley, Doncaster has been a long term user of ABG road machinery. Starting up in 1973 the company specialised in hiring pavers and road milling machinery and other associated plant to local contractors as well as refurbishing and repairing equipment. Moving to their existing premises in Bentley in 1979 the three brothers, (Derek, John and Keith) along with their father Roy continued hiring and repairing equipment, but gradually started to take on road surfacing contracts for themselves. “Over the years we’ve built up a reputation for providing a professional service around the Doncaster and South Yorkshire area with good, reliable equipment such as the ABG pavers,” said Managing Director Derek Lewis.
Standing down a ten year old model, the company has had no doubt replacing it with the latest, state of the art, wheeled ABG6870 which is the first to be delivered in Great Britain resplendent in the new Volvo livery. “The machine has an extremely impressive specification. It’s highly manoeuvrable and my road crews like operating it and on top of that we receive first class back up and support from the team at Volvo,” commented Mr Lewis.
Ten years operating a prime piece of road laying equipment is a relatively long time and so a potential replacement model will have a significant number of technological improvements over the previous model. Demonstrating the ABG6870 paver with its market leading features and benefits certainly re-assured Derek Lewis he was investing in the right machine for his fleet. Launched in the spring of 2007, the ABG6870 wheeled paver is the first machine to feature a 6x6 hydrostatic drive system. Powered by a Tier III 122Kw engine, the operator is able to use the ‘Smart Power’ setting to vary the power output depending on the conditions of the application. Running nominally at just 1600rpm the ABG6870 boasts significantly low noise emissions besides being highly fuel efficient. The 6x6 ‘Smart Drive’ technology offers unparalleled traction. Even on the most difficult bases, tractive effort is automatically adjusted according to ground condition and the weight of material available in the machine’s 12 tonne capacity hopper. The machine demonstrates a class beating degree of manoeuvrability thanks to the ‘Active Steering’ feature with an inside turning radius of just 2.5 metres. This coupled to individual suspension struts means the paver can overcome obstacles in one go that competitive models can only do after several complicated manoeuvres.
Staying at the hopper end of the machine, Derek Lewis was particularly impressed with the optional hydraulic front wing and apron plate which helps to retain material, avoid spillage and optimize the flow of material when used with the folding side wings. In addition the folding front apron plate acts as a safety feature. It negates the need for a road crew member standing in front of the machine to remove the build up of material on the apron lip.
Screed performance is a distinct feature on Volvo ABG pavers. The ABG6870 has a variable screed width of between 2.5 and 5 metres in standard configuration but can be fitted with optional extensions to provide a generous width of 9 metres. With an output potential of up to 700 tonnes per hour, the machine can continuously pave up to 40 metres per minute at a thickness of 300mm. Optional heated screed end gates have also been specified by Derek Lewis.
Operator comfort was another important factor for Derek Lewis. For instance, the steering wheel, which allows for a particularly sensitive control of the machine, can be placed in various positions around the EPM (Electronic Paver Management) control panel. The large screen display is the only one of its kind on the market giving a bird’s eye view or map of the paver, allowing the operator to monitor and control all the important functions as a glance. The EPM control panel has backlit control buttons to facilitate paving at night. Besides a comfortable seat the operator is afforded an excellent view of the flow of material in the hopper, the head of material in the auger channel and material laydown. The flexible all weather roof can be hydraulically lowered along with the exhaust pipe for transportation. In addition to the standard specification, Derek Lewis has ordered optional Xenon lighting as an aid to the operator and crew when working at night.
Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd market wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo Compact Equipment and Volvo road machinery products. Nine strategically placed customer support centres and a network of compact equipment dealers ensure high quality customer support throughout Great Britain.