Volvo wheeled excavators now available through Sourcewell and HGACBuy procurement programs
Volvo Construction Equipment's newest wheeled excavators – the EWR150E, EWR170E and EW220E – are now available through Sourcewell and HGACBuy, adding to Volvo's robust lineup offered through purchasing cooperatives for governments and nonprofit organizations.
The number of wheeled excavators offered by Volvo Construction Equipment doubled in 2018. The EWR150E, EWR170E and EW220E further diversify what Sourcewell and HGAC make available to their members. Volvo's EW60E, EW160E and EW180E can also be purchased through these programs.
"Volvo wheeled excavators are becoming an integral part of more and more government fleets thanks to their mobility and versatility," said Matt McLean, product manager, wheeled excavators, at Volvo Construction Equipment. "Many municipalities consider them as a viable and more capable replacement to backhoes and truck-mounted excavators."
Cooperative purchasing basics
Cooperative purchasing agencies such as Sourcewell and HGACBuy, are government entities that competitively solicit, evaluate and award cooperative purchasing contracts, streamlining the procurement process for their members by satisfying the bid process. Cooperative purchasing is becoming increasingly attractive for many government agencies who are facing budget cuts, personnel reductions and demand for increased efficiency, as the contracts allow compliance without duplication of effort. These contracts give municipal customers the freedom and flexibility for advanced budget planning, while saving time and money for them and their taxpayers.
Because Volvo has contracts with both Sourcewell and HGACBuy, municipal customers have an easier and more efficient way to rent, lease or purchase Volvo equipment, ensuring the best price without going through a traditional bid letting process.
Wheeled excavator benefits
Local governments in the U.S. are seeing the benefits European crews gain from using wheeled excavators, which is contributing to their popularity in North America.
"Wheeled excavators in the U.S. represent a paradigm shift," said John Edwards, government sales manager for Cowin Equipment. "As we engage with our municipal customers that are somewhat more progressive, they see the potential of a wheeled excavator and are willing to explore its use and capitalize on its benefits."
Hear from an Alabama county on why they chose Volvo through Sourcewell.
The benefits of Volvo wheeled excavators include:
• Travel on roads up to 22 mph
• No loading and unloading from trailers
• Versatility with more than 20 purpose-built attachments
• Less damage to hard surfaces than tracked machines, potentially reducing cleanup and labour costs
• Greater lifting capacity and breakout force as compared to many backhoes and truck-mounted excavators
In addition to wheeled excavators, a variety of Volvo equipment is available through procurement programs, including crawler excavators, wheel loaders, articulated haulers and much more.