Trio of Volvo A30G articulated haulers head for J C Balls and Sons in Derbyshire
Celebrating 55 years of business, J C Balls & Sons Ltd of Ambergate, Derbyshire, has opted for three new Volvo A30G articulated haulers to supplement its plant fleet.
The new arrivals are additions to J C Balls & Sons’ extensive plant fleet comprising excavators, dozers, shovels, and rollers and haulers, and were chosen after reviewing the marketplace, according to co-director, Chris Balls. “Volvo articulated haulers are the market leaders for a reason,” he says. “They have a long pedigree for reliability and performance in virtually all terrains, as well as carrying capacity and, of course, high residual values when it’s time to trade. We also appreciate the safety features built into the trucks with all daily checks that can be carried out from ground level, the high degree of operator comfort and the low profile tyres which are standard on the A30G.”
The A30G hauler from Volvo meets the requirements of Stage-IV final emissions legislation, being powered by an electronically controlled, six-cylinder 264kW turbo charged Volvo V-ACT diesel engine. This features high torque at low engine speeds, resulting in good fuel efficiency, high performance, quicker engine response and less wear, i.e. long service life. Purpose built by Volvo, the engine is designed to exactly match the Volvo drivetrain, ensuring the best use of power and torque, even in tough working conditions. Delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, it is matched to a torque converter with built-in lock-up function and fitted with a fully automatic fast adaptive transmission. The rest of the Volvo designed and built powertrain has been reinforced to cope with the higher torque output of the engine.
With a carrying capacity of 28 tonnes and heaped capacity of 17.5m³ the Volvo A30G has a maximum speed of 53kph. The hauler is also fitted with CareTrack as standard, which is Volvo’s telematics system that enables remote monitoring of a wide range of machine functions (e.g. location, fuel consumption, service reminders, etc) thus optimizing customer operations.
The new A30Gs will be covered by a Volvo Blue Service agreement with SMT GB carrying out regular servicing by Volvo trained engineers using genuine Volvo parts.
J C Balls and Sons Ltd is very much a family-run business. Established back in 1963 by founder Jim Balls, the company is in the safe hands of Jim’s sons Chris and Kevin as co-directors with their sons Jamie and Tom actively involved as well. Even at 90 years young, Jim Balls still takes an active interest in the day-to-day running of this busy plant hire, earthmoving, bulk excavations, recycling and haulage business. The company also has a ready mixed concrete division and runs an extensive fleet of tippers.
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 dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.