Carmarthenshire based civil engineer and construction contractor E&TL Jones has revamped its existing fleet with a host of new Hyundai excavators.

The Llandeilo company has swapped seven of its existing machines with brand new excavators from Hyundai’s latest HX range. These include five Hyundai HX140L crawlers and two new HX220L excavators.

Back in 2014 the firm replaced the larger excavators in its 22-strong fleet of with five new Hyundai machines under a deal brokered by Molson’s South Wales area sales manager Luke Mercer – a deal which included five R140LC-9A’s and two R160LC-9A excavators.

Now after three years of heavy work on construction sites in and around South and West Wales, E&TL Jones boss Eirian Jones has taken the decision to swap his machines for the latest models.

“Three years ago, E&TL Jones took the decision to swap its machines from its existing supplier and go with the Hyundai’s says Luke. “Now they’ve reached the end of their warranty and we are delighted that the team has decided to stay with Molson and Hyundai.”

The HX140L crawlers are a straight swap for the R40LC-9A excavators that the team has been working with but the two R160LC-9A’s have been upgraded to larger HX220L excavators.

“We have kept in close contact with everyone at E&TL Jones throughout the warranty period, making sure everything was in order and that service levels were kept up. They decided they needed a couple of larger machines and that upgrading the R160LC-9A excavators would be ideal,” he says.

The new HX Series is more fuel efficient than previous with the HX220L boasting 12% fuel savings on its 9-series predecessor. With a Tier 4 compliant QSB6.7 turbo charged air cooled diesel engine it also claims a 90% reduction in particulate matter and Nitrogen Oxide emissions and delivers 85. 7Kgf.m torque at 1500rpm.

With an operating weight of 22.1tonnes it measures 3.2m high with an overall length of 9.53m, width of 2.99m and tail swing radius of 2.84m. It has a maximum dig reach of 9.14m, dig depth of 5.82m and minimum ground clearance of 480mm.

“Eirian had been a lifelong customer for a competitor’s excavators but we were able to prove that Hyundai machines coupled with Molson service were more than a match for them. We wanted to make sure that these machines would be of real benefit to his business,” says Luke.

“Everybody at Molson is looking forward to continuing to work with them for many years.”