Loan deal paves way for ADT sale

Bell 201419 Malcolm Allan

AN Aberdeenshire house builder has bought an ADT from Bell Equipment after a successful “loan” period for an urgent job.

Malcolm Allan Housebuilders has been constructing high-quality homes, commercial and industrial developments since the late 1960s. With renewed confidence in the UK economy fuelling an increase in projects, the company realised the need to add a new ADT to its fleet.

Bruce Allan, Director, explained, “One of our key criteria for the purchase was the need for a rapid turnaround of order, something Bell was able to meet in an unusual way.”

Sandy Fairweather, Bell Equipment’s Regional Sales Manager for Scotland, offered a Bell B25D on loan to give Malcolm Allan Housebuilders the opportunity to road-test the brand, at the same time as being able to use the machine on an urgent project. This trial proved successful, prompting the company to buy from Bell.

The firm ordered a B30E, part of the ‘next generation’ E-series ADT range, while continuing to run the loan machine until the new truck was delivered. The latter has since been busy in action on muck-shifting duties on housing and commercial sites, giving Bruce Allan ample opportunity to gauge the performance of this latest acquisition.

The first thing he noticed was the impressive fuel economy of both machines. “It’s amazing that trucks this size can run on so little fuel – even the larger 30-ton machine.”

Another aspect that particularly impressed Bruce about the B30E was the change in cab design. “After going from a D-series to an E-series machine, it was immediately apparent that Bell has worked hard to modernise the cab. It looks fresh, is impressively ergonomic, and our drivers confirm that it is a remarkably comfortable ride.”

Bruce Allan confirms that reliability has been excellent. “All in all, we’re delighted with our purchase – and also with the service from Sandy and the wider Bell team. It just goes to show what can be achieved by going the extra mile for a customer.”