Strongco equipment helps solve the Curse of Oak Island

Curse of Oak Island

Strongco equipment recently played a supporting role on the History Channel’s most watched television program, The Curse of Oak Island.  

Season 7 of The Curse of Oak Island debuted in November, and runs until the end of this month.

For more than 200 years, treasure hunters, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, have scoured the small island in search of its hidden treasure.

For the seventh season of the show, more than 3.13 million people tuned in to watch fortune-hunters Marty and Rick Lagina renew their search for lost antiquities – ranging from Templar treasures, Marie Antoinette’s jewels and Shakespeare’s missing manuscripts to the Ark of the Covenant – all of which are rumored to be on Oak Island in Nova Scotia. 

Heavy equipment from Strongco was a natural fit for The Curse of Oak Island. Everyone at the Atlantic office felt compelled to lend a hand, based on a deep connection to the brothers’ determination. 

“We’re more than fans of the show,” said Stephen George, regional vice president of Eastern Canada for Strongco. “We feel connected to Marty and Rick’s values – their grit, their perseverance, their commitment.” 

The Michigan-born brothers originally purchased the rights to Oak Island in 2014, fascinated by long-standing questions about hidden treasure. Their series delves into the history, lore and speculation surrounding the cache – including past attempts to recover it. 

After six seasons, the trail was getting warmer. That’s where Strongco entered the picture. 

Heavy equipment on Oak Island

Members of the show needed powerful, energy-efficient machines for excavation and cleanup. They selected two pieces from Volvo Construction Equipment: the EC200E and ECR145E medium crawler excavators, the latter of which can be seen in multiple episodes. 

The EC200E made its debut at bauma, and provides a new excavator option between Volvo ’s 16 and 22-ton machines. The EC200E has a maximum digging reach of 10 metres and a maximum digging depth of 6.8 metres, with a lifting capacity of 7,320 kg. The excavator is equipped with a 154 hp Tier 4 Final D4 Volvo engine.

The Volvo ECR145E zero-tail-swing excavator was ideal for heavy work situated in tight spaces.

Equipped with a 121 hp engine, the 14,435 kg to 16,677 kg excavator can lift a maximum 3,700 kg. As well, the ECR145E features a maximum 8.3 metre digging reach and a maximum 5.5 metre digging depth.

It was used as an all-purpose tool, supported by the EC200E, a fuel-conscious model designed to meet strict emissions guidelines, for painless cleanup after a day’s treasure hunting. 

The Volvo machines offered strength, maneuverability and energy-efficiency – garnering significant praise on-camera throughout the entire filming process.  Strongco Corporation is a multiline mobile equipment dealer with operations across Canada. Strongco sells, rents and services equipment used in diverse sectors such as construction, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, utilities, municipalities, waste management and forestry. The company has about 500 employees serving customers from 26 branches in Canada.