JCB secures £5.5m order for nearly 100 new machines

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Nearly 100 new machines have been purchased by Lomond Plant from equipment manufacturer JCB as part of £5.5m order for the firm

Lomond Plant has placed a £5.5m order with JCB, it has emerged.

JCB, which is based in Staffordshire, is to deliver 98 new machines to the Scottish plant hire firm.

The substantial deal will see Lomond Plant add 18 of the brand new 13-tonne JS131 tracked excavator models that have been purpose built for the rental sector, as well as 3CX backhoe loads, site dumpers and new models of compact excavators.

New machines purchased in £5.5m order

The JCB JS131 builds on the success of the popular JS130. However, this is powered by a rental-specific 55kW (74hp) version of JCB’s Ecomax diesel engine. It meets Tier 4 Final (Stage IIIB) emissions standards without a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or any requirement for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and a diesel exhaust fluid.

Lomond Plant’s joint managing director Ross Easton said: “The JS131 has clearly been specifically designed for the rental market and is absolutely ticking the right boxes in that respect.

“They bring the huge benefit of no AdBlue requirement without any power reduction on general hire applications.

“We’ve also introduced the new 48Z-1 mini-excavator model to our fleet. JCB’s new-generation 86C-1 and 85Z-1 have been excellent for us with reduced fuel consumption and better visibility.

“So when those same benefits were introduced on the 4.5-tonne model it was the natural choice.

“We continue to expand our coverage across the UK and these machines will enhance the offering at each of our depots.

“We continue to use exclusively JCB equipment as we get tremendous support from dealer Scot JCB and the parts availability from the JCB World Parts Centre is excellent.

“Another key bonus is JCB LiveLink. It’s a great tool that allows us to monitor plant 24h a day, seven days a week. The fact it comes with almost all models and seamlessly links to one system works really well for us.”

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