Falkirk hirer in £6 million investment


LOMOND Plant Hire has invested in a new fleet of JCB machines worth more than £6 million to support its expansion – including some of the first new generation midi excavators to roll off the production line.

The Falkirk-based firm has now taken delivery of more than 100 new machines including more than 20 of JCB’s new 85Z-1 and 85C-1 midi excavators which one of its customers claims are reducing his fuel costs by 40%.

The significant order also includes: tracked excavators, wheeled excavators, mini excavators, Loadall telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders and tandem rollers. Many will be used to supply the company’s new depot in St Helens, Merseyside.

Lomond Plant Hire Joint Managing Director, Ross Easton said, “The feedback on the new midi excavators in particular has been exceptional. Operators have contacted me to tell me how impressed they are. They are more powerful, more responsive, easier to service, visibility is improved and the difference in fuel efficiency is massive. One customer believes he is saving as much as 40% in fuel getting up to four days work out of a full tank.

“We have made this significant fleet investment to capitalise on the buoyancy in the construction market and expand our business in to the north of England. We already have a strong customer base and the new depots will enable us to support them strongly with the latest equipment.”

The new machines have already been put to work on a range of high profile applications across Scotland and England including projects at Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Scottish Water and several large house building contractors in the North West.

Lomond Plant Hire operates an exclusively JCB fleet of over 250 items including, 1-20 tonne JCB tracked excavators and associated attachments, telehandlers, backhoe loaders and compaction equipment.