UK-based equipment rental firm BPH Plant has invested £600,000 to grow its fleet to meet increased demand over recent months, which the company says has reached pre-Covid levels in the English counties of Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent.

Hitachi XZ300

Hitachi’s new ZX300-7 30-tonne excavator, bought by BPH Plant

The company has taken delivery of a number of Kubota KX015-4 1.5-tonne mini excavators, Kubota KX027-4 3-tonne mini excavators, JCB 120 Rollers and Mecalac 6-tonne road-legal Swivel Skip Dumpers, as well as a Komatsu D65PXi Dozer and Hitachi’s new ZX300-7 30-tonne excavator.

The decision to invest in Kubota mini excavators aims to meet the needs of a more diversified client base following the changes brought about by the pandemic.

Simon Bastable, Director at BPH, said, “We’ve received more enquiries from small to medium-sized groundworks companies and independent traders that have been able to continue working despite Covid restrictions and are busier than ever with smaller residential projects in gardens and driveways.

“However, we’re now starting to notice a return to business as usual with larger contractors and developers needing equipment for bulk earthwork.”

He added, “We think it’s important to continue to invest in the latest models of plant machinery to ensure we can meet growing demand with up-to-date, reliable equipment.”

BPH’s purchase of the new Hitachi ZX300-7 makes it one of the first rental firms in the country to offer this new model, according to the company.

It also said the Kubota KX027 was selected for its compact size but powerful performance, and the Komatsu Dozer offers intelligent machine control for automated operation.

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