Durability of the product and an excellent after sales support has prompted the Chambers Group of companies to re-invest in quality products from Volvo Construction Equipment.
As a long standing user of Volvo equipment Peter Chambers, Chairman of the Chambers Group, had no concerns when it came to placing orders for two further wheeled loaders and a thirty tonne excavator for his waste management and quarrying activities. "We invest in the Volvo brand wherever possible because the products are durable and dependable. Moreover, the after sales service support we enjoy from Volvo’s Horsham support centre and their local home based engineers is in a class of its own," commented Mr Chambers.
The forty three year old company founded by Peter Chambers has two operating division – Chambers Waste Management PLC with its headquarters and state of the art recycling centre based in Guildford and Chambers Runfold PLC which takes care of the Group’s quarrying activities close to Farnham, Surrey. The latest models to join the Chambers fleet are a Volvo L150G wheeled loader and a thirty tonne EC300D for the Runfold operation and a Volvo L120G equipped with long boom for a new waste rehandling facility that has come on stream in Aldershot.
As with the existing fleet of predominantly branded Volvo equipment, the three new models have been supplied with service contracts which according to Mr Chambers, pays dividends in the long run. "Taking out extended driveline warranties and service agreements with the manufacturer suits the way we run our business," he said. "We know we can rely on Volvo to take good care of the machines with experienced engineers who also know us and what we expect from them. For instance, we took one of the very first L150 loading shovels into the fleet some seventeen years ago and ran it for 25000 hours on the original engine. It just proves that if you have a good product and maintain it properly then you get good service in return," he continued.
Equipped with Stage IIIB compliant engines both the excavator and loading shovels are designed with fuel efficient and fuel saving features in mind to boost productivity whilst reducing the amount of carbon emissions. For example with the excavator, the engine is ideally matched to its automatic sensing mode hydraulic system and features an automatic idling system that reduces engine speed when the levers and pedals are not activated – aiding fuel efficiency and lowering external noise. The loading shovels on the other hand feature a fuel efficient device known as ‘eco-pedal’ which encourages the operator to work within a certain rpm band for normal operations. Two strong, variable displacement load-bearing axial piston pumps and hoses have been introduced to handle the increased pressures. These provide superior control of the load and attachments, as well as high breakout force, faster lifting and tilt functions.
Chambers Waste Management PLC was established in 1969 by the current Chairman and Managing Director, Peter Chambers and remains privately owned. Since then the Chambers Group has evolved into an integrated recycling, waste management and aggregates business, servicing a wide range of commercial and domestic customers.
Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.