Lincoln-based ABBA Plant Hire has taken delivery of the new JCB 100C-1 model. The 10-tonne machine is based on the frame of the successful 8.6 tonne 86C-1 midi machine, but with a more powerful engine, larger dig end and increased hydraulic capacity to boost performance.

It shares the striking new JCB midi appearance, along with a revised H-design undercarriage and a powerful JCB Diesel by Kohler Stage 3B (Tier 4 Final) engine that delivers increased efficiency and lower operating costs for the customer.

ABBA’s plant hire manager, Nick Howe said: “We see the 10-tonne JCB midi excavator as a machine with great potential. It is a unique size of machine with good power – while the lower operating weight means less damage to the ground surface.

“The machine is proving versatile – able to load our 8 wheel tippers – as well as traditional midi tasks on site. It brings the proven JCB quality to a new weight class that is easy to transport, comfortable for operators but brings power to confined sites. The machine is also backed by the consistently good service we get from our dealer TC Harrison JCB.”

Among the key features of the JCB 100C-1 are: increased productivity compared to a conventional A-frame excavator, 30º tilting cab for excellent service access, a spacious operator cab with excellent all-round visibility and100% steel bodywork for superior durability. It also incorporates JCB’s 2Go hydraulic safety system, seen on the company’s larger JS excavators.

ABBA Plant Hire Ltd is part of the JMH Group of construction related companies which also includes: John Martin-Hoyes Limited, Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, JMH Directional Drilling Ltd, APH Cranes and Powered Access and Trucklinc – specialist provider of HGV Tractor Units.

One of the largest independent plant hirers in the Midlands it offers an extensive range of operated and non-operated plant and additional services such as pond creation and excavation, crushing, screening, demolition and muck shift.

The ABBA Plant Hire fleet includes JCB excavators from 1-46 tonnes, 3CX backhoe loaders, wheeled loading shovels, skid steer loaders and JCB Loadall telescopic handlers from 4-17 metres.