One of Scotland’s biggest plant hirers has invested £2.75 million in a new fleet of more than 50 JCB machines.

Jarvie Plant Group, based in Grangemouth near Falkirk, has bought the models to support the expansion of its core plant fleet and growing depot network. This growth follows the opening of a new site in Dundee last year with another to be opened in Aberdeen this Summer and follows the award of the City of Edinburgh Council Roads Maintenance contract.

Supplied by dealer Scot JCB, the order includes: 3CX backhoe loaders, 2CX Streetmaster backhoe loaders, JS130 tracked excavators, 540-170 Loadalls, 535-95 Loadalls and JCB’s new series of 8-tonne midi excavators including 85Z-1 and 86C-1 models.

Jarvie Plant Group’s Business Development Director, David Jarvie said: “We use JCB for a wide variety of equipment. There is excellent availability of JCB machines in Scotland which is not always the case with its competitors – so we can generally order machines as demand dictates.

“The extensive dealer network also ensures a rapid response and the back-up support is second to none – even in the remote areas in which some of our machines operate.

“JCB excavators are extremely strong and durable with the 86C-1 already our most popular machine. The new 8-tonne models have a larger digging area and greater capacity plus the new styling is very strong. Following requests from several customers we also have now added several JS220 models with dual flow hydraulics – enabling greater attachment utilisation including rotating grabs for demolition.

“The backhoe loaders are the market leader for good reason. JCB is a strong brand – popular with customers and it makes up a high proportion of our fleet.”