Landmark mini excavator order for West Lothian firm

MPS 48Z 3

MULHOLLAND Plant Services (MPS) has secured a UK-first by snapping up three new JCB 48Z-1 mini excavators.

The West Lothian-based firm also bought eight JCB 86C-1 midi excavators, an 8014 and four 8026 mini excavators, bringing the total number of JCB machines added to the fleet in the last six months to 34.

The 48Z-1 is a 4.8-tonne, zero tailswing mini excavator – one of four new machines launched by JCB in the 4.8-5.7 tonne weight class. JCB said key features include 500 hour greasing intervals, improved cab instrumentation, 11% improvement in visibility, a 9% boost to bucket tearout and 5% additional dump height.

Steven Mulholland, director at MPS, said, “We see great potential for these new minis in applications ranging from utilities projects to small civil engineering jobs where larger equipment is not viable. MPS is proud to be the first to offer them to the market and customer feedback has already been excellent. Their major appeal is the excellent power, service accessibility, visibility and driver comfort.

“Our customers have also commented that performance is improved on the previous model and control is more refined. It’s a far smoother machine to operate with improved hydraulics. From our perspective, Scot JCB continues to provide an excellent sales and after sales service while an added benefit of choosing JCB equipment is the LiveLink system – which is an excellent tool for keeping on top of servicing and fault finding when the machines are out on hire.”