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Plant sales get moving

The UK’s plant hire industry is continuing its preparations for recovery in workloads with a spate of equipment purchases being announced over the past few weeks.

Hard on the heels of new equipment launches at Bauma and Plantworx, manufacturers and their customers are keen to publicise significant equipment orders as demand picks up and hirers prepare for increased orders.

Lynch Plant Hire buys JCB and Atlas Copco machines

London-based Lynch Plant Hire has placed significant equipment orders with Doosan Construction Equipment, which is supplying £2m worth of crawler and wheeled excavators, and Atlas Copco, which has received an order for 22 of its hydraulic breakers and compactor attachments.

In total, Lynch has spent more than £12m on new equipment in the past 12 months.

The new Doosan machines, ordered through Berkshire-based dealer Promac Solutions, include DX300LC-3, DX340LC-3 and DX380LC-3 crawler excavators in the 30 to 38-tonne range, as well as several smaller models such as the newly launched 14-tonne DX140LC-3 and DX160LC-3.

All are powered by Stage IIIB-compliant diesel engines.

“The dependability and ruggedness of the Atlas Copco products are especially important for the Crossrail project because the large amount of dust and high temperatures in the tunnels create a particularly difficult operating environment”

Merrill Lynch, Lynch Plant Hire

Most of the machines will be used for demolition work, as well as general plant hire duties. All are equipped according to Lynch’s demolition and utility specification, which includes automatic dual-locking quick hitches, audible reverse alarms and demolition cages as standard.

Several of the 20 Atlas Copco attachments recently delivered to Lynch Plant Hire are now hard at work on London’s Crossrail project, where they are being used alongside the main tunnel boring machines.

“The dependability and ruggedness of the Atlas Copco products are especially important for the Crossrail project because the large amount of dust and high temperatures in the tunnels create a particularly difficult operating environment,” says operations director Merrill Lynch.

Lynch is currently finalising another major order with Atlas Copco in readiness for contracts currently being negotiated on the new Hinckley Point nuclear power station project near Bristol.

J K Ashbrook beefs up excavator offering

Volvo Construction Equipment has also announced significant sales in the past month. Congleton plant hirer J K Ashbrook has taken delivery of 18 new excavators to replace existing machines and to extend the fleet.

The purchases include a 14-tonne EC140D and five 22-tonne EC220D crawler excavators delivered direct from Volvo, plus six ECR48C and six ECR88 Plus compact excavators supplied by Volvo dealer Howard Plant Sales. All the machines have already been delivered.

Total Plant Hire gets new Volvos

Howard Plant Sales, which distributes Volvo’s utility machines, has also recently delivered two Volvo SD130D soil compactors to Total Plant Hire of Trafford Park, Manchester. These machines join six larger Volvo SD190s and two DD25W double drum rollers delivered late last year.

Total bought these machines, plus a number of compact Volvo excavators, primarily to service a growing demand for land remediation in Greater Manchester.

In Kent, H E Services has taken delivery of 20 Manitou MT625 compact telehandlers in response to increased demand from the utilities and facilities management sectors.

The machines, supplied under a deal worth around £500,000 by Maidstone-based Manitou distributor Glosrose Construction, are the first 6 m-reach telehandlers to join the H E Services fleet, which currently comprises mainly JCB machines.

“The Manitou MT625 fits perfectly into the line up and offers the benefits of a smaller machine with big capabilities where perhaps a 4 m or 9 m JCB is not ideal due to size”

Peter Durey, H E Services

“We currently run four models of JCB, the JCB520-40, JCB535-95, JCB535-125 as well as the JCB540-170,” says H E Services managing director Peter Durey. 

The JCB520-40 is the smallest, with a lift height of just 4 m, while the next size up – the JCB535-95 – has a lift height of 9.5 m.

“The Manitou MT625 fits perfectly into the line up and offers the benefits of a smaller machine with big capabilities where perhaps a 4 m or 9 m JCB is not ideal due to size,” he says.

He adds: “Most sectors could make use of this machine as it is an all-rounder, fitting into many roles, and at home even on larger building sites. That said, the machine generally works within confined spaces and typical target sectors are utilities, civils and facilities management services.”

H E Services 600 machine up this year

H E Services, which operates from 11 depots around the country, has added around 600 new machines to the fleet so far this year, says Mr Durey.

Meanwhile, Durham-based Mechplant has announced a £3.5m spend with local dealer T C Harrison JCB. The investment, in JCB excavators, rollers, dumpers and telehandlers, will be spread over the next three years, with £1m worth of equipment being delivered this summer.

Eagle Plant adds Marooka tracked dumpers

South-west based Eagle Plant has added 12 new Marooka tracked dumpers to its Westbury depot in Wiltshire. The specialist machines, with payloads ranging from 3 to 11 tonnes, were supplied by sole UK importer Cautrac of Colchester, Essex.

Their exceptionally low ground-bearing pressure makes the Marooka machines ideal for use in the landscaping and leisure industries.

Eagle Plant director Alan Cradock says he first encountered the Marooka machines over 10 years ago: “I could immediately see that potential for a dumper that could pretty much go anywhere and leave the ground in a condition requiring little, if any, reinstatement work,” he says.

The delivery brings the total number of Marooka dumpers in the Eagle fleet to 30.

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