£4 million JCB deal continues 25-year tradition

Gunn JCB Group Sales Director John Dolphin pictured with the Lafarge Tarmac fleet of JCB 2CX Streetmaster backhoe loaders.

Lafarge Tarmac has bought 60 new JCB 2CX Streetmaster backhoe loaders in a deal worth £4 million.

The order marks a 25-year partnership between Lafarge Tarmac and JCB for handling road maintenance projects. The latest machines were supplied by JCB dealer Gunn JCB.

The sustainable construction solutions company – which took delivery of its first 2CX Streetmaster model a quarter of a century ago – instigated the configuration for the latest batch of machines. It was developed in conjunction with the company’s operatives and Safety and Health team and the models purchased have been tailored to their exact requirements. 

They feature enhanced lighting for night-time operations and a heavy-duty, rear-mounted JCB HM165 hand held breaker which reduces exposure to hand arm vibration. The backhoe loaders are also fitted with security devices including CESAR registration which comes as standard on JCB machines.

Lafarge Tarmac’s National Plant & Transport Manager, Jonathan Medforth said: “The JCB 2CX Streetmaster in its various guises has been our machine of choice for 25 years now. It truly is the workhorse of our contracting sites on a daily basis. The low vibration rear-mounted breaker, the speed and manoeuvrability of the 2CX and its ability to operate in small working areas combine to make it ideal for our work. The machine caters for all the need of our business, from cutting day joints in asphalt to loading pre-coated chips in hydrostatic chipping machines.”