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Witney Plant Hire Ltd, the family-run plant and tool hire business based in Witney in Oxfordshire, England has expanded the company’s fleet of Bobcat compact tracked loaders with the purchase of new T590, T650 and T770 models from Promac Solutions Limited, the Authorised Bobcat Dealer for Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

David Johns, Managing Director of Witney Plant Hire, said: “We originally purchased Bobcat compact tracked loaders for use by contractors carrying out planing and road repair work, where the very low ground pressure minimises their effect on the surfaces and the environment and simplifies reinstatement work. We are still very active in this market as several of our customers swear by the Bobcat tracked machines for this type of work.”

In combination with Bobcat planers and other attachments such as sweepers and trenchers, Bobcat tracked loaders from Witney Plant Hire form high performance road and pavement surface repair packages, ideal for repairing not only potholes, surface cracks and ice damage, but also for planing surfaces, cutting narrow trenches and for work around manholes.

David Johns continued: “The market for Bobcat tracked loaders has been boosted with the growth of solar farms in the UK. Contractors are carrying out this work in rural locations across the country, where the low ground pressure of the Bobcat loaders is obviously key to this application.”

Like all Bobcat compact tracked loaders, the new T590, T650 and T770 models have a dedicated tracked undercarriage to provide superior traction and very low ground pressure for operation on very muddy ground and sand, as well as on uneven terrain. The very low ground pressure also means the loader is ideal for any application where soil compaction and ground disturbance should be minimised.

David Johns added: “The compactness of the new loaders is particularly suited to solar farm work as the Bobcat loaders can easily travel between the tightly packed rows of solar panels, which would be impassable with larger machines. Much of the work in the UK is being carried out by companies from elsewhere in Europe, where they use Bobcat tracked loaders all the time. The compactness of the loaders is also key to meeting safety regulations such as the 2.4 m non-encroachment limit when working near to overhead powerlines and other electrical installations.

“Backed by the excellent support provided by Promac, there has always been plenty of work for our Bobcat compact tracked loaders. Some of our customers use them for general material handling on construction sites, especially those that are confined in nature. I am excited about further work in planing using the new T590 loaders because of the narrow track design which simplifies work close to pavement edges.

“I am also keen to expand in the market for more specialist laser flooring screed work and treatment beds at sewage plants with our Bobcat T770H laser grader system.”

Witney Plant Hire specialises in plant and tool hire throughout Oxfordshire and South West England. From the smallest power tool to a 44 tonne low loader, Witney Plant Hire can offer a wide range of equipment for hire, with delivery all over Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and surrounding counties.