THE Malcolm Group has snapped up 29 new JCB machines, including the first Stage V 457 wheeled loading shovel in Scotland.
The Linwood-headquartered firm’s line-up of new machines also includes 131X and 220X tracked excavators as well as backhoe loader, Teletruk, Loadall telehandler and wheeled excavator models.
Supplied by Scot JCB, the new Stage V 457 will be used on housing, industrial and school projects. It will also be utilised on various Scottish Water initiatives and windfarm builds. The model has been updated to meet upcoming emissions legislation and JCB revealed the switch from the previous MTU engine to Cummins brings an increase in overall engine power, from 192kW (258hp) to 210kW (282hp). A 5-speed transmission is fitted as standard and there are two new power modes.
Meanwhile, the purchase of the 13-tonne 131X Series models marks one of the single largest orders since the machine was launched last year. Aimed at ground working specialists, the model is described by JCB as ‘more productive, durable, quieter, more comfortable and easier to use’ than its predecessors. Malcolm Group has already put the machines to work on projects including drainage, foundation digging and road building.
Andrew Malcolm, CEO of Malcolm Group said, “We choose JCB machines because of the fuel efficiency which reduces the operating costs for not only us as a hirer but also benefits our customers in reducing their site costs. We have operated many JCB 13-tonne excavators and 457 wheeled loading shovels over the years and found them perfectly suited for a range of site purposes. Enhanced operator comfort, vision and smoothness of operation are the standout features of these new machines. The 457 has been able to continue working during Covid-19 restrictions and the rest of the new machines have now returned to their projects following lockdown.
“Our service from Scot JCB has always been first class. They provide extensive coverage, and back-up across Scotland with an excellent parts service. They understand our requirements and are always striving to excel in their service. As a provider of hired machines this ensures our customers’ needs are met and contributes to the smooth running of a hire fleet. JCB LiveLink is also an excellent tool. Not only does it provide up-to-date machine hours to enable regular servicing to be maintained, it also provides all machine usage and idling details to enable the management team to monitor the operatives’ use of the machine and helps ongoing training to be provided to raise the standards of the operator.”