Skene does the double



Three years ago Skene Group Construction Services bought the first Volvo L220H loading shovel sold in Great Britain. It likes it so much it’s bought another in a deal that sees Volvo continue to increase its machine population across Scotland’s quarrying industry.



The 32-tonne machine is working alongside its stablemate at Skene’s Soutra Mains Quarry in Midlothian where both are working in the rehandling and stocking-out area. Specification includes XMineD2 tyres and a 5.6 cub. metre rehandling bucket, auto-lube and boom suspension. Power comes from a 13-litre stage-IV final engine developing 373hp between 1,300 and 1,400 rpm.

The original shovel has lived up to the expectations of joint managing director Darren Forrester in areas such as productivity, uptime and fuel economy. “The first L220H machine here at Soutra Mains replaced a smaller L180F to increase production and we considered the specification closely in order to achieve just a two-bucket pass loading out eight-wheeled lorries,” he said. Skene now runs four shovels to handle increasing production demands since it introduced block-making and ready-mix production facilities in 2015.

As with the rest of Skene’s Volvo fleet, the new machine is covered by a manufacturer’s service agreement for regular servicing, inspections and oil sampling. It’s a decision that makes “perfect sense” to Forrester. “Having Volvo looking after the equipment with their own trained engineers using genuine parts with the proper disposal of all used oils and materials gives us both peace of mind and a tight control on each machine’s life time cost,”


• Glenrothes-based Skene Group was founded in 1968 by Donald Skene and became a limited company in the late 1970s with the launch of its civil engineering, road building operations and demolition activities before diversifying into minerals in the 1980s, quarrying sand, gravel and hard rock.

Further expansion followed in the ‘90s with a move into precast and ready-mixed products. The business is now led by managing director Neil Skene and joint MD Darren Forrester.



Article posted 29/8/2017

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