First Volvos for Standard Plant Hire Ltd


Bromley based Standard Plant Hire Ltd has added ten Volvo fourteen tonne excavators to its plant fleet for the first time heralding its entry into hiring larger machines across the South East of England.

The new Volvo additions, which are made up of eight EC140Es and two reduced swing ECR145Es, join a fleet of some 1250 machines in Standard Plant Hire’s arsenal of equipment. This includes compact excavators, site dumpers, tele-handlers, welfare units, compressors and an array of attachments and breakers for hire. “Up until now we have specialised in hiring compact equipment up to nine tonnes in operating weight,” comments Managing Director Michael Fleming. “Adding these new Volvos is a recent departure for us, moving in to the fourteen tonne market as we begin to focus on expanding our offering to civil engineering, ground working and demolition contractors.” 

“These are the first Volvo machines we have purchased and chose them after considering favourable third party references together with their reputation for being reliable and productive excavators commanding strong residual values when it’s time to trade,” continues Mr. Fleming. “Choosing the Volvo brand fits in with our own core values of providing a prompt and efficient hire service with quality products to a highly demanding customer base.”  

The EC140E and ECR145E are powered by Stage IV compliant Volvo four-cylinder engine developing 122 nett hp and offer the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication. For example, pump flow is controlled for combined digging and swinging operations to reduce the flow loss through the overload relief valves, whilst maintaining digging power and maximum swing torque. When Eco mode is selected the machine provides better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions. The Volvo Care Cab offers a large roomy interior with plenty of leg room and foot space. The excellent all round visibility is enhanced by pressurized and filtered cab air supplied by a 14 vent, climate control system. An adjustable easy to read LCD colour monitor provides real time information of the machine functions.

Established in 2009, Standard Plant Hire has expanded its self-drive hire business year on year building on its reputation for providing modern machinery from leading manufacturers together with a highly reliable and personal level of service throughout the South East of England. The company has become leaders in providing many of the southern-based utility contractors and has ambitious plans for further expansion within the next few years.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed Customer Support Centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealerstoensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.