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SOILCO invests in Volvo wheel loader

Two years ago, organics recovery and horticulture specialists SOILCO was awarded a contract to design, construct and operate a state-of-the-art organic recycling facility in NSW’s Northern Rivers Region. Since then, SOILCO has gone through the planning, approval and construction phases, with the facility commissioned in June, 2021.

Capable of processing 25,000 tonnes of organic waste annually, the purpose-built facility will see a steady influx of material. To support operations and ensure speedy cycle times, the company brought in CJD Equipment – and purchased a Volvo wheel loader.

The purchase builds on a long-standing relationship between SOILCO and CJD, with the former owning a fleet of Volvos including an EC220D excavator and various-sized H Series wheel loaders, as well as some older models.

SOILCO general manager, Charlie Emery, explained that the company looked at a number of wheel loader brands for the facility. However, given the site’s location and distance from SOILCO’s existing facilities, the company chose to engage CJD once again, according to Emery.

“As the new plant is quite far away, our relationship with CJD was important, as we knew we could rely on their after sales support, as well as our confidence in the product,” Emery said.

“I’ve been with SOILCO for 20 years and we’ve had a relationship with CJD all that time.

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“We went away for a short period – one cycle of loaders – and the reason we came back was the after sales support and CJD’s ability to service a product that is being highly utilised 10-15 hours per day in harsh operating environments.”

Volvo bodies are built to last, Emery said, which is important as a lot of SOILCO work is carried out in humid conditions.

“We get a lot of utilisation out of them, with a target of 60 to 70 hours a week,” he said. “It really comes down to the manoeuvrability of the machines and how they operate in tight spaces. Volvo loaders are nimble, effective in tight turning circles and have quick loading times.

“We also have extra extensions in our booms to get over the higher trucks, and the Volvo joystick controls work well for us in that regard.”

CJD’s H Series Volvo loaders offer high-quality performance, are robust, and have a host of features that promote versatility and stability.

Volvo’s load-sensing hydraulics and a Tier 3/ Stage IIIA Volvo engine, supply power to the hydraulic functions according to demand, to boost efficiency and lower fuel consumption.

The system also ensures a fast response for shorter cycle times, while delivering smooth operation through superior control of both the load and the attachment.

Daily service checks can be carried out easily due to ground-level grouped service points, which help to achieve maximum uptime from each machine.

“We can’t afford to have any down time, and our service team find the machines to be very economical in terms of servicing and running,” Emery said.

Similarly, with safe and easy access to centralised filters and grouped greasing points, the EC220D excavator is a user-friendly machine.

The excavator offers operators a 10 per cent increase in fuel efficiency, as well as a smart hydraulic system that increases controllability to offer smoother and easier movement when traveling and lifting simultaneously.

The EC220D also utilises an array of attachments, including X1 and X2 auxiliary circuits, quick couplers, direct fit, general-purpose and heavy-duty buckets, as well as a Volvo tooth system for all applications.

The excavator’s cab comprises robust slim cab pillars, large expanses of glass, an adjustable seat and easy-to-access controls to reduce fatigue and boost productivity.

“As a general manager you don’t often hear about the good machines, you only hear about the bad ones. When I don’t hear much about the Volvo’s, it means that everyone is happy,” Emery said.