Blackwood snaps up “unparallelled” Hydradigs as part of £2m order


KILMARNOCK-based Blackwood Plant Hire has become one of the first customers to snap up two new JCB Hydradigs, the machine described as bringing new levels of innovation and engineering excellence to the compact wheeled machine sector of the plant market.

JCB said the Hydradig 110W has taken the industry “by storm” following its launch at Bauma and is already sold out to the end of the year.

Blackwood has bought two of the machines from Scot JCB as part of an order for 25 JCB excavators in a deal worth over £2 million. Blackwood sales director, Paul McCormack explained, “We are continually looking for new products that can give us the edge over our competitors. The low centre of gravity in the JCB Hydradig allows it to lift so much more than our other machines of this size.

“We expect it to be used for highway works and small building sites with tight access where its zero tail swing operation, brilliant manoeuvrability and the 40km/h road speed to get between sections all make it perfect for these applications.

“Initial feedback is extremely positive. The low centre of gravity on the machine is a great selling point to offer my customers – as they can get incredible lifting power from a small machine. Our operator thinks the machine is very smooth and stable and really enjoys the modern cab space.”

The Hydradig is a digging, lifting, loading and tool-carrying machine for urban construction, highway maintenance and municipal operations. JCB said the machine delivers ‘firsts’ in five important customer criteria, offering “unparalleled visibility, stability, manoeuvrability, mobility and serviceability”.

Blackwood was one of the customers consulted in the machine’s development and who evaluated it prior to final production. The firm has taken delivery of the Hydradigs along with JCB JS370, JS360 long reach, JS220 and JS130 tracked excavator models this year.