TELEHANDLER hirer UK Forks is claiming to offer the first nationwide contract hire service to construction through a £1 million three-year deal with Chevron Site Services.
The hirer's new service, Telelease, has been designed to meet the demand for long-term contracts from house builders.
Chevron, the plant procurement subsidiary of Haslam Homes, is taking 21 of UK Forks' 10.5 m JCBs, in two batches.
JCB national accounts director Ken Bainbridge said: 'We see contract hire as an important new stage in the evolution of the plant sector.'
Telelease operates on a minimum twoyear hire period and offers warranty, linked to a long-term maintenance plan, along with a logistics service to move machines from site to site. Other services include breakdown cover and security.
Divisional director Rob Coxon said: 'As UK Forks has a national strategic depot network, Telelease is the UK's first truly national contract hire service.'
Chevron is hiring up to 30 telehandlers, from 7 m to 17 m, in addition to the machines on a contract hire Chevron director Mick Hurst said: 'Telelease is cost-effective and makes our job a lot easier.'