JCB ‘superfan’ snaps up first 56Z-2 in Northern Ireland

A landfill and quarrying business has snapped up the first Stage V JCB 56Z-2 model in Northern Ireland.

The new midi excavator was bought by Belfast-based Macwill Services. Owner Chris McLaughlin, a self-confessed JCB ‘superfan’ who hosts his own YouTube channel – The JCB Club – chose the machine for civil engineering tasks and environmental projects within Macwill’s Belfast landfill site and family farm estate.

The machine is powered by a 1.7-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder common-rail Perkins diesel engine, delivering 34kW (45.6hp). Part of the ‘Dash 2’ range of midi-diggers, it is equipped with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). There is no requirement for a Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) such as AdBlue.

Christopher McLaughlin is a lifelong JCB fan and has one of the largest collections of JCB memorabilia and collectibles in the world. He said, “We have bought, hired and used many different manufacturers of construction equipment over the years but to me there’s something about JCB which makes them special compared to all the others. I always choose JCB when it comes to buying new machinery as they make fantastically engineered machines and are a company with true British pedigree.

“Just as important to me is that JCB has a fantastic dealership network that supports my business and treats every phone call as essential. It’s what I call great back up!

“As far as the JCB 56Z-2 is concerned we liked the ‘built for purpose’ robust and strong design of the machine. The cab for the operator is so modern and comfortable and the engine access is well thought out for easy service access.

“All the drivers love the speed and accuracy of the hydraulics and the super bright LED lights let you work safely into the night. We opted for steel tracks this time as opposed to rubber and the extra stability and pushing power that the steel tracks give is very noticeable. We’re very, very pleased with just how much power this JCB digger punches.”

The machine was supplied by dealer Dennison JCB.