Reliable and efficient, a fleet of 11 Volvo excavators is helping contractor Dofort Earthworks keep the land clearance and utility preparations for two Johor residential projects on schedule and on budget.
Low fuel consumption and high machine availability are crucial to the bottom line on long-term projects, which is why Malaysian company Dofort Earthworks choose Volvo for its latest residential construction jobs, the Bandar Meridin East and Jalan Kong Kong developments, in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
Since February 2020, the contractor has deployed a fleet of 11 Volvo excavators – nine of them rented and two of them purchased from the Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) dealership in Johor – to work 10-hour shifts six days a week on the two jobsites. The eight EC350DL excavators and one EC480DL are used primarily for cutting and filling, while the two EC200D models focus on terracing, drainage and other utility work for the developments.
“We work our excavators hard over long shifts so it is important we can rely on them and the aftermarket support of our dealer to get the job done and with low operating costs,” says Alvin Lee, director of Dofort Earthworks. “I chose Volvo because it is a world-renowned brand with proven superior fuel performance, reliability and responsive aftermarket support.”
Fuel efficient and user-friendly
The exceptionally low fuel consumption on the Volvo EC200D, EC350DL and EC480DL was a particular draw for Lee, whose fuel savings help keep his costs at least 10-15% lower than his competitors. The fast cycle times were also important to him as they enable him to achieve greater productivity than with other brands.
“Our operators like the powerful digging force and user-friendly operational modes on the Volvo excavators, which, coupled with the comfortable air-conditioned cabin, greatly improve productivity as a whole,” he says.
Industry-leading aftermarket support
The Volvo excavators have been performing well so far but when they have needed more attention than a routine service check, the Volvo CE dealership in Johor has been quick to help.
“The Johor Volvo CE aftermarket team has been really supportive and responsive, and I greatly appreciate such support. Volvo CE also assisted us significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic by waiving some of our rental payments, which relieved us of our financial pressure during this challenging period and for which we are very grateful,” Lee says.
The 11 Volvo excavators will work on site at the Bandar Meridin East and Jalan Kong Kong developments until August 2021, after which they will move to other projects. Dofort Earthworks has multiple jobs lined up in Desaru and Johor Bahru over the next two years, for which the Volvo machines will also be ideally suited.
“As we are working on both a very tight cost budget and timeline, Volvo reliability and durability greatly minimize downtime, while the Volvo fuel performance generates significant cost savings annually. There is no better partner for our projects!” he concludes.