UK equipment rental company Hewden has ordered 50 skid steer and compact tracked loaders from manufacturer JCB in a £2.5 million (€3.2 million) deal.
The deal is for the JCB 155 and 205T tracked models, and JCB said its Power Boom design had secured the deal - this enables operators to enter the cab of the machine through a large side door rather than climbing over potentially dangerous attachments at the front.
The 155 has a tipping load of 1.41 tonnes and a loader lift capability of 1.77 tonnes. The 205T has a tipping load of 2.66 tonnes and a loader lift capacity of 1.57 tonnes.
The machines were supplied through dealer Gunn JCB, and the manufacturer said the deal also included a range of JCB attachments including augers, pallet forks, shovels, a trencher, a waste grapple, a patch planner, a sweeper collector, a brush cutter, a landscape power rake and breakers.
Hewden CEO Adrian Murphy said, “This is the latest in a significant round of investments for Hewden. We believe in having the latest and newest technology to meet our clients’ exacting demands.
“We were impressed with JCB’s design of its skid steer and compact tracked loader range and the health and safety benefits it offers. Having a side-door entry point is just common sense and sets the standard for the industry.
“Beyond that is the versatility of the equipment: it enables our hire customers to deploy the equipment in a range of challenging environments. This, together with our recent investment in our crane and lifting fleet, shows we are at the forefront of providing the latest innovative machinery for customers.”
And JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald added, “This order is very significant for JCB and we are delighted that such a major hirer as Hewden recognises the unique health and safety benefits of the JCB skid steer range.”