£5.5m machine deal ‘ticks the right boxes’ for Lomond Plant

FALKIRK-based Lomond Plant has snapped up 98 new JCB machines in a £5.5 million swoop to aid the firm’s expansion plans.

The order includes 18 new 13-tonne JS131 tracked excavator models, which are already on hire to customers involved in a wide variety of projects including the M8/M73/M74 improvements.

Also included in the deal are excavators ranging from 1.5 to 22 tonnes, site dumpers and multiple 3CX backhoe loaders.

Lomond has already seen growth in to the north west of England – with depots in Yorkshire and the Midlands set to follow.

Ross Easton, the hire firm’s joint managing director said, “The JS131 has clearly been specifically designed for the rental market and is absolutely ticking the right boxes in that respect. They bring the huge benefit of no Ad Blue requirement without any power reduction on general hire applications.

“We’ve also introduced the new 48Z-1 mini excavator model to our fleet. JCB’s new generation 86C-1 and 85Z-1 have been excellent for us with reduced fuel consumption and better visibility. So when those same benefits were introduced on 4-5-tonne models it was the natural choice.

 “We continue to expand our coverage across the UK and these machines will enhance the offering at each of our depots. We continue to use exclusively JCB equipment as we get tremendous support from dealer Scot JCB and the parts availability from the JCB World Parts Centre is excellent.

 “Another key bonus is JCB LiveLink. It’s a great tool which enables us to monitor plant 24/7. The fact it comes with almost all models and seamlessly links to one system works really well for us.”

The JS131 is a crawler excavator designed for rental customers. It builds on the success of the JS130, but is powered by a rental-specific 55kW (74hp) version of JCB’s Ecomax diesel engine.