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Tied up with a Bow

A Scottish plant hirer has invested in a fleet of JCB machines worth more than £1 million. Purchased by Broxburn, West Lothian-based Gordon Bow Plant Hire Ltd, the order includes JCB 220X and 140X tracked excavators and JCB Loadalls including the flagship, 20-metre, 540-200 model. The latest arrivals join an impressive fleet which already includes over 60 JCB machines. Supplied by dealer Scot JCB, the machines will be put to work on new housebuilding, infrastructure, forestry and agricultural projects across Scotland for a range of major customers which Gordon Bow Plant Hire serves on a self-drive or…

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Tyres for all seasons

Since its introduction some five years ago, the block-patterned Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tractor tire has gained a reputation for being a true all-season tire with superior winter capabilities. The size range has been gradually expanded to fill the needs of different kinds of contractors. The latest addition to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI range are six new sizes made specially for compact tractors and other compact machinery. Nordic all-season tires must face a truly wide range of temperatures and driving conditions through the course of a year. From hot tarmac to…

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Lifting the lid on Bobcat technology

Last week, compact equipment giant Bobcat hosted a major online equipment launch to showcase all the latest additions to the company’s expanding product line. But while much of the focus of the event was on the company’s entrance into the compact and articulated wheel loader sectors, that event gave a glimpse at some of the astonishing technology that is being developed behind the scenes. In this EXCLUSIVE LiveStream show, Diggers and Dozers will join forces with journalist, vlogger and all-round technology lover Peter Haddock of Content with Media to look…

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A British Empire

Tomorrow marks a landmark for a global equipment giant, and for the construction equipment sector in general. 23 October 2020 is the official 75th birthday of JCB. The company’s own celebrations have been curtailed somewhat by the COVID-19 pandemic. But Diggers and Dozers was unwilling to allow such a momentous occasion to pass unmarked. And so, the video brains here at Diggers and Dozers have produced a feature-length documentary that charts the rise and rise of this great British institution: from a tipping trailer made from recycled metal; to a…

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Dial R for Revolution

Bobcat has launched the company’s new R-Series Stage V compact loaders, representing the most significant redesign of Bobcat loaders in 60 years. The new R-Series models comprise the S66 and S76 skid-steer loaders and the T66 and T76 compact track loaders – the company will begin deliveries of these machines in October 2020. John Chattaway, Loaders Product Manager at Bobcat, commented: “Utilising decades of experience, Bobcat has always made the toughest market-leading loaders on the planet. This continues in the new R-Series loaders, which have been completely redesigned from the…

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Bobcat unveils wheel loaders

To expand the company’s loader product portfolio and to strengthen the company’s position as the world leader in compact equipment, Bobcat is entering the European wheel loader market for compact wheel loaders and small articulated loaders. The company is expanding its loader portfolio to provide customers with more choice of Bobcat products, with optimised characteristics for specific applications in construction, rental, agriculture, landscaping, road works, material handling and many other industries. Designed and built by Bobcat at the company’s campus in Dobris in the Czech Republic, the L65 and L85…

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We are the Champions

Cornwall-based Fred Champion Groundworks Ltd has invested in a significant number of new Hitachi hydraulic excavators as part of its fleet replacement programme. Champion Groundworks is one of the largest and most-respected groundworks contractors in the South West, working for a large number of national blue-chip housing developers and today employs in excess of 350 employees working across sites in Cornwall and Devon. The business along with its plant hire and scaffolding divisions generates an annual turnover of £70 million. The new Hitachi fleet comprises 4 x Zaxis 130LC-6, 4…

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Liebherr at the double

After experiencing problems with his wheeled loaders, James Greenwood needed something more reliable to cope with higher production levels. Liebherr provided it…twice Greenwood is managing director of Ready Mix Tees Valley and, with a move to a new yard on the banks of the River Tees enabling a step-up in production, keeping the batching plant supplied with material was crucial. But there was a ‘but’. “We had used a number of shovels for stocking the plant since we started operations,” he explained. “Both manufacturers’ products had caused us some issues…

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Johnson Plant goes electric

Leading hirer Johnson Plant is celebrating after its purchase of a new JCB electric mini excavator helped the company secure a host of new contracts. The Esher-based firm, established to supply plant to sister company Landmark Groundworks, became one of the very first customers to buy the pioneering, fully electric excavator soon after it was launched by JCB. The zero emissions, ultra-quiet 19C-1E model – supplied by dealer Greenshields JCB – has helped Johnson Plant to win several contracts and continues to impress with its powerful performance. Johnson Plant’s Director,…

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Following in father’s footsteps

Paragon Bank is enabling three Leicestershire-based sisters to follow in the footsteps of their father by providing funding to establish their plant hire business, FinniGroup Ltd. Paragon has built a long-standing relationship with Paul Finnegan, owner of Leicester-based plant hire firm, Joinpoint Ltd. After years of supporting Paul to finance dump trucks, Paragon has now been able to support daughters, Hollie, Jade and Ruby in establishing their own businesses. After Hollie and Ruby had already established their own plant hire businesses, they decided to form FinniGroup Ltd alongside Jade, a…

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