WIGAN-based Civils & Construction Solutions has ordered four CASE CX130E crawler excavators from dealer Dennis Barnfield, with the latest order being sealed at the recent UK CASE roadshow event.
The company, which specialises in groundworks and construction up to floor level on retirement and social housing projects, has reportedly seen ‘rapidly increasing demand’ for its services this year.
“We are having to hire in a lot of machines at present,” explained construction director Neil Barnes. “We aim to own 80% and hire 20%, but we’re way off that at the moment. We are one of the busiest civils companies in the north west right now.”
Civils & Construction Solutions operates a fleet of 25 machines, with excavators from 1.5-tonnes through to 35-tonnes, a road haulage fleet of tippers and low-loaders and a range of smaller equipment. Since its formation 12 years ago, the company has invested more than £1.5 million with dealer Dennis Barnfield.
“We started out with a few used machines from various manufacturers,” Neil Barnes added. “We became friends with area sales manager Kevin Johnson from Dennis Barnfield Ltd and purchased our first two new CASE CX145D short radius excavators in 2018. We were massively impressed with them and went on to buy a CASE CX245D short radius excavator.”
Since that time the company has purchased CASE excavators up to the 35-tonne CX350D and was the first customer in the UK to order a nine-tonne CASE CX90D midi-excavator.
The business is now moving forward with the purchase its first CASE E-Series excavators.
The 13-tonne CX130E is the smallest of the recently-introduced E-Series crawler excavators, yet shares many of the features of its larger stablemates. The machine is powered by an EU Stage V engine from FPT.
“The cab on the E-Series machines is more roomy for our operators, with a better and larger control panel screen, but they’ve always been a top notch machine,” said Mr Barnes. “You need the manoeuvrability in residential work. The CX130E and CX145D are the most popular machines on site for us, while the larger models, like the CX245D are used for deeper drainage work and for heavy lifting, for trench boxes and larger pipe sections.”