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Canberra Sand and Gravel’s Volvo EC250ELD

Canberra Sand and Gravel (CSG) recently took delivery of its first Volvo EC250ELD excavator.

The Volvo EC250ELD excavator is the first machine CSG has operated with the Dig Assist feature and the team is impressed with the latest technical improvements in the new Volvo.

“It is one of the rare machines we have that has been wrapped with our company logo and signage,” says CSG Production Manager, Steve Trevillian.

“It has come up really well and our team is excited about the latest features, including Dig Assist.”

Powered by the high-resolution in-cab Volvo Co-Pilot, the Dig Assist is an intuitive technology that allows the operator to quickly and easily manage all excavator functions from a single in-cab system.

Operators have access to a range of tools to improve machine control, accuracy, and uptime. Powered by a Volvo D8J engine that delivers 159kW net power and 1,110Nm torque at 1,350rpm, the EC250ELD is a high productivity excavator in Volvo’s crawler range.

The 26+ tonne excavator has a bucket capacity of 1.32 cubic metres. The CSG team is clearly pumped at the prospects of its use.

CSG is a family-run business that was started around 50 years ago by two football buddies, Tom Trevillian and Wayne Gregory. Their sons, Steve Trevillian and James Gregory, have since taken over the business’ operations.

Today, CSG is one of Canberra’s leading landscape supplier companies. It has three landscape centres located in the suburbs of Hume, Belconnen and Mitchell, and a sand mine that supplies concrete sand for about 50 per cent of the town’s sand market. CSG also does contract work such as on-site crushing and screening, and house pad excavations, as well as supplying bulk materials to civil jobs.

One of CSG’s long-serving employees is Ed Young, recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with the company. His primary role has been house pad excavation, a job where he has over 30 years’ hands-on experience.

Young started with front-end loaders before moving on to excavators and is currently using the new Volvo EC250ELD.

Trevillian says that it is exciting to see Young embrace new technologies over the past four decades with so much enthusiasm.

“Ed has always been at the forefront of Canberra’s geographic expansion. He is one of our longest-serving employees after my dad,” he says.

“When Ed started the job, we were still using tape measures and then we went on to use laser technology and now we have GPS features, so at first we were unsure whether he’d be interested in going with newer technology at this stage of his career, but he has been very enthusiastic about it. Ed has always preferred Volvo and he had his heart set on the E Series model since the trial.”

CSG has a wide range of Volvo equipment, including four dump trucks in the 20- to 40-tonne range, six excavators ranging from 25 to 38 tonnes and 19 front-end loaders, starting from small loaders to the L180 loaders working in the sand mine.

While Volvo prides itself in making equipment that is constantly pushing its fuel efficiency standards, for CSG, user comfort is the clincher.

“For us, operator comfort is the biggest factor, particularly in frontend loaders, and we feel that other brands haven’t captured that aspect as well as Volvo,” says Trevillian.

“People are looking to be more comfortable at work and we feel Volvo has taken good care of that. Since we deal with a lot of soft and boggy materials, we have noticed that Volvo dump trucks can pull a load out of the ramps in our quarry a lot better in that sandy application.

“I know that Volvo spruiks fuel efficiency but, for our operations, that is not a huge consideration. For us other factors come to play like I wouldn’t buy a machine for which there is no Canberra-based workshop or mechanic. Another thing is the ability of the machine to do a job like we’d want it to do. Volvo ticks off both those aspects.

“All our Volvo equipment is from CJD Equipment. One of the great things about CJD Equipment is their parts sourcing capability. We’ve never had to wait long to get a spare part for any of our Volvo equipment, which reduces downtime for us.

We have a great professional relationship with CJD’s regional sales manager Ross Forsyth and trust his expertise on the mechanical side of things.”

Australian-owned CJD Equipment is a national distributor of Volvo construction equipment. It has a network of dealerships and service centres across the country. For further details, visit:

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