Con­trac­tor Pro­file: AME Con­tract­ing

Aus­tralia’s first Volvo EW160E is prov­ing vi­tal for AME Civil Con­tract­ing

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Queens­land com­pany AME Civil Con­tract­ing is us­ing Volvo Con­struc­tion Equip­ment (Volvo CE) ex­ca­va­tors for in­fras­truc­ture projects in Aus­tralia. The cus­tomised ex­ca­va­tor helps the com­pany with de­tailed ex­ca­va­tion projects.

AME Civil Con­tract­ing is the first in Aus­tralia to add a cus­tomised EW160E wheeled ex­ca­va­tor from Volvo CE to its fleet, which also in­cludes a Volvo ECR145C ex­ca­va­tor. The EW160E of­fers a range of at­tach­ments for a wide range of con­fig­u­ra­tions to of­fer flex­i­bil­ity in ap­pli­ca­tion.

To ef­fi­ciently carry out de­tailed ex­ca­va­tion works, AME cus­tomised the ex­ca­va­tor with GPS so it can ex­ca­vate based on mod­els and plans.

“Our dealer CJD Equip­ment helped us cus­tomise the ma­chine from the fac­tory so it’s a per­fect fit for our niche type of con­struc­tion work,” says AME manag­ing di­rec­tor Mick Sch­midt.

“In­stead of sin­gle tyres, we also cus­tomised it with dual tyres, so it doesn’t dam­age the road­work, plus it pro­vides more ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity on job sites.”


The EW160E was also cus­tomised with a wider un­der­car­riage of 2,750mm. The stan­dard EW160E is equipped with a Volvo D6J en­gine that de­liv­ers up to 115kW gross power and has max­i­mum dig­ging reach of 9.3m.

The EW160E also of­fers a wide range of boom and arm op­tions to ex­pand its ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The grap­ple ma­noeu­vrer con­nec­tion on the wheeled ex­ca­va­tor en­ables easy ex­change of tools.

On the EW160E, oil is redi­rected di­rectly to the at­tach­ment in­stead of go­ing to the cylin­der, which en­ables the oper­a­tor to steer the at­tach­ment with the right-hand joy­stick.

AME Civil Con­tract­ing pur­chased its fleet of Volvo ma­chines from CJD Equip­ment, Volvo CE’s long-time dealer part­ner in Aus­tralia.


For AME, the EW160E works an av­er­age of nine hours daily and ex­ca­vates up to 60 tons per hour on projects like high­way up­grades, road re­place­ments and bridge im­prove­ments.

The EW160WE is typ­i­cally used for de­tailed ex­ca­va­tion works for road widen­ing and pave­ment up­grades.

“The first day I drove the EW160E, I knew I had a spec­tac­u­lar ma­chine in my hand,” says Sch­midt.

“When it comes to Volvo ma­chines, I don’t have to com­pro­mise on qual­ity. The EW160E is ev­ery­thing I wanted – it is sta­ble, de­liv­ers good fuel sav­ings, func­tions very smoothly, en­sures ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions. Plus, our op­er­a­tors love to drive the ma­chines as they of­fer good vis­i­bil­ity and is easy to op­er­ate.”

Above: AME Civil Con­tract­ing is the first in Aus­tralia to add a cus­tom­ized EW160E wheeled ex­ca­va­tor from Volvo CE to its fleet

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