Volvo excavators find favour at K T Montgomery


K T Montgomery Plant Hire Ltd of Galston, Ayrshire, has added yet more Volvo excavators to its hire fleet since purchasing an initial batch of fourteen, twenty-two and thirty tonne machines last year.

“Since making the initial investment in new Volvo excavators last year, we haven’t been let down by either the product or support we have received from SMT GB’s Customer Support Centre in Stirling,” comments Managing Director Keith Montgomery. “Furthermore, having a high quality brand’s machines available for hire is paying dividends with many of our major contracting and civil engineering customers, who specifically call for Volvos. Having fresh equipment in the fleet has certainly helped the business, which has encouraged us to purchase more machines for 2020,” he continues.

The latest batch includes five, fourteen tonne EC140Es and five, twenty-two tonne EC220Es. All of the machines are configured in a straightforward, standard specification that includes hammer/shear hydraulics, hydraulic quick couplers and hose rupture valves fitted to the boom and dipper arm cylinders. 

Volvo Stage V compliant 4 and 6 cylinder engines, developing 121 and 174 nett hp respectively, power both models of machine. The EC140Es and EC220Es also benefit from the addition of an Integrated work mode control, which significantly lowers fuel consumption by providing rapid dig cycles at a high level of efficiency. This advanced mode control system alsoensures the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. In addition, boom and arm geometry provide highly competitive digging forces and lifting capacities, which makes for faster work cycles. 

“Besides being offered a favourable package by SMT GB, another important factor behind my decision to purchase Volvo excavators is down to the very high residual values the machines command when it becomes time to move them on,” adds Keith.

Having started out as an agricultural contractor, Keith established K T Montgomery Plant Hire Ltd in 2012 and covers the whole of Scotland, but mainly operates throughout the Central Belt. 

Today, Keith and his right hand man, Operations Director Sean Mcnulty, offer a personal service from the company’s two depots to its expansive list of clients with a range of crawler and wheeled excavators, which range up to thirty tonnes in operating weight. K T Montgomery also operate an expansive fleet of equipment, including; Volvo articulated haulers and loading shovels, dozers, tele-handlers, rollers, industrial tractors, fuel and water bowsers. The fleet is available for short, mid and long term operated hire, all of which is supported by K T Montgomery’s transport fleet of Volvo badged lorries, including a low loader and a four axle heavy duty plant wagon complete with crane and four road going tippers. 

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products, together with K-Tec articulated hauler scraper boxes, in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed Customer Support Centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers, to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.