JCB sells machines online for the first time

JCB has revealed it has started to sell machines online for the first time in the company’s history.

The manufacturer has introduced the new order online option to support businesses with plant requirements during the Covid-19 lockdown.

A Dorset landscaping and groundworks contractor has become the first customer to place an order. Poole-based Focal Landscapes bought a JCB 8008 micro excavator and a HTD-5 tracked dumper direct from JCB via the website – with order to delivery taking less than a week.

Focal Landscapes owner Marc Woodward said, “I discovered the option to buy online via Twitter. I then placed my order on the website and the machine was here in less than a week. The online buying experience is really, really simple. You get all the benefits of an online purchase, but you also start a relationship with the manufacturer. That gives access to JCB Finance and JCB support. I’ve already been introduced to my local JCB dealer Holt JCB and been able to purchase a range of attachments for my new excavator.”

JCB UK and Ireland sales director Steve Smith added, “We are determined to support our customers’ machine requirements during the challenging current Covid-19 crisis. The new service gives customers the ability to buy some of JCB’s most popular products online, directly from the manufacturer, with no need to meet face-to-face or leave their homes.”

The JCB machines available to purchase online are the 8008 micro excavator; the 16C-1, 18Z-1 and 8026 mini excavators; the HTD5 Dumpster; the 1T-2 site dumper and S1930 and S2632 scissor lifts.