UK rental company Kayleigh Plant Hire has invested £2.5 million (€3.2 million) in 41 new Hitachi excavators – doubling its fleet.

Kayleigh, which is based in London, said the new Zaxis excavators met the emissions regulations all machines operating in London must adhere to by 2019.

From three-quarter tonne mini excavators to 40 tonne tracked machines, the company said it could now offer a complete excavator portfolio to meet any construction site requirement – from small scale house build, drainage and road works, up to larger infrastructure and commercial development projects.

In addition to the new excavators, Kayleigh said its fleet comprised crushers, dumpers, road sweepers, screeners and telehandlers.

Kayleigh worked closely with Hitachi to ensure the equipment met high standards - for example, the manufacturer retro-fitted green seatbelt warning beacons on all its excavators, and fitted hand rails around the super structure on the larger equipment, along with rotation circuits on all machines over eight tonnes.

Kayleigh plant manager Stuart McCabe said, “It’s an exciting time in the business at the moment and this investment comes after a long line of successes.

"We pride ourselves on leading the way for the provision of a complete equipment hire solution in the UK. Indeed, this deal is further demonstration of our desire to lead from the front by using future-ready machines that offer the best standards of safety for operatives.

“Importantly, in addition to plant, we also hire out our own CPCS trained plant operators on ‘an operator only basis’ so we are able to deliver a full on-site solution.”

Alongside meeting the latest industry regulations, Kayleigh said its complete fleet was supported by a comprehensive service and maintenance solution guaranteeing reliability of its machines, keeping customer’s working day and night and maximising productivity.

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