New Volvo for Cardiff Demolition


Cardiff Demolition Co Ltd has opted for a new Volvo EC380E rigged for secondary demolition duties for the first time.

Normally associated with alternative excavator brands, Cardiff Demolition Co Ltd has opted for a new 38 tonne Volvo EC380E for its plant fleet. The machine was chosen after several factors were considered by managing director Phil Farnham. These included a respected reputation Volvo excavators have attained in demolition applications and the fact that the EC380E offers the latest in engine technology and fuel saving efficiencies thanks to the installation of a Tier IV final engine.

Cardiff Demolition’s new EC380E has benefitted from the addition of secondary demolition options which include SIPS (side impact protection system) rails along the machine’s superstructure; boom and bucket cylinder heavy duty protection guards; ‘boxing ring’ style hand rails and kick plates providing safe access to the engine compartment; heavy duty belly plates and an X3 proportional rotation line to operate rotating selector grabs and shears. The X1 hammer and shear circuit (which comes as standard), has been modified to operate through a proportional valve as well. All the machine’s attachments will be picked up on a Tefra hydraulic quick hitch.

The Stage IV Final 13 litre engine, featured in the EC380E develops 306 nett hp and is ideally matched to its automatic sensing mode hydraulic system. The machine’s hydraulics are perfectly matched to the engine and are controlled by an advanced system which provides on-demand flow and reduces power losses within the circuit. Volvo’s unique ECO mode contributes up to 9% of the machine’s total improved efficiency over the D model– without any loss of performance in most operating conditions. As well as improving fuel efficiency, this increases controllability for more precise performance. Otherwise, Volvo’s integrated work mode system offers the operator a choice of five work modes according to the task in hand – I (Idle), F (Fine), G (General), H (Heavy) or

P (Power max) – for optimum efficiency and machine performance. When the controls have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time, the excavator can be programmed to automatically reduce engine speed or even shut down to further reduce fuel consumption and noise. Operators can keep track of both current and average fuel consumption via a simple gauge in the cab.

Cardiff Demolition Co Ltd provides a range of related demolition, dismantling, site reclamation and remediation services throughout the UK based at Rumney Cardiff.

Volvo Construction Equipment markets 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 and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.


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