Strong connections: Lloyd lands order for 50 Bobcat mini-diggers

LLOYD Ltd, the Bobcat dealer for northern England and southern Scotland, has secured an order for 50 Bobcat E17 mini-excavators for Svella Connect.

Carlisle-based Svella is a provider of digital infrastructure, including fibre broadband networks. The firm has also purchased a matching trailer for each machine from Lloyd.

These E17-trailer combinations are being used to assist the business in providing digital support services to local authorities and communications providers.

The Bobcat E17s – fitted with either a canopy or a cab – will be used by Svella’s mobile teams to help dig trenches in which to lay the cables. Buckets, breakers and hitches have been supplied with each machine.

Barry Lloyd, Lloyd Ltd’s chief executive, said, “It is exciting to be able to work with another local business to deliver the solution they need to support their growing operations. This is the largest single order for Bobcat machines and trailers we have ever had, which shows how significant Svella’s investment is and the extensive scope of the work they will be carrying out across the country.

“We have no doubt that, in choosing Lloyd Ltd and Bobcat, Svella will benefit from the best machinery and support available across the industry. We thank them for their business and look forward to continuing to work with them as their operations expand.”

The Bobcat E17, with a canopy and rubber tracks has an operating weight of 1,711kg, a maximum digging depth of 2,249mm, and maximum reach at ground level of 3,871mm.

Bobcat said the ‘unique’ hydraulic system makes the best possible use of engine power, while boom and arm cylinder cushioning increases overall smoothness.