UK-based rental company Rocket Rentals has invested in 30 new Tier 4 Final-compliant machines from manufacturer JCB, and praised their new cost-saving engines.

Strict new off-highway diesel emissions laws in Europe and North America have prompted manufacturers to develop a range of engine aftertreatment systems in order to comply. While many manufacturers opted to use a diesel particulate filter (DPF) on their engines, JCB’s Tier 4 Final engine solution does not require a DPF.

JCB said the Rocket Rental deal – worth more than £1.5million (€2.1 million) – saw the rental company become one of the first nationwide customers of JCB’s new 6m telescopic handler, purchasing four of the JCB Diesel by Kohler powered JCB Loadall 525-60 Hi-Viz models.

JCB said this meant there was no requirement for a DPF or a selective catalytic reduction system to meet the Tier 4 Final emissions regulations on the 525-60 - delivering a service-free emissions control system, which reduces operating costs and complexity for customers.

Other new additions to Rocket Rental fleet included JCB’s new 6 tonne site dumper models, JS220 and JS130 tracked excavators, the 86C-1 midi excavators and 535-95 Loadall telescopic handlers. All have JCB or JCB Diesel by Kohler engines requiring no DPF.

Rocket Rentals managing director Simon Tomblin said, “No regeneration, no refurbishments and no replacement DPFs saves us money and saves downtime for our customers. JCB achieving emissions compliance without a DPF on many of its machines is therefore a significant driver for us.

“We are also very impressed with the brand new 525-60 telehandler as its compact dimensions are extremely useful and the visibility is excellent - which is a real bonus on increasingly confined sites.

"The site dumpers are also a great addition to the fleet, bringing JCB quality and backup to a new product offering. The support from Holt JCB continues to be a crucial reason why we keep choosing JCB.”

Mr Tomblin added that JCB’s LiveLink telematics system was another bonus, providing an “excellent” fleet management tool.

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