DIGGER giant JCB have received another welcome boost after a leading plant hirer gave it glowing praise for its fuel savings.
The Rocester-based company received the praise from Bison Plant Hire, in Cirencester, after it purchased 22 new machines – including 8085 and 8055 midi excavators and JZ140 tracked excavators – as it gears up for increased demand from its housebuilding customers.
The deal is worth more than £1 million and all the machines are made at JCB’s factories across Staffordshire.
Guy Tomblin, Bison plant manager, said: “With an upturn in the general economy and the impact of government policies, there has been an upsurge in the housebuilding sector which is having a significant impact on hire equipment utilisation.
“As such we have made a huge investment in JCB plant – focusing on models which bring benefits to the housebuilding industry.
“We are big advocates of zero tailswing and fuel economy is increasingly crucial to our customers as diesel prices continue to soar. In both respects the JCB JZ140 and 8085 Eco models are excellent.
“Customers have been staggered by the fuel efficiency that can be achieved. They are more than happy to pay for a premium quality machine when they realise it can save them £60 a week on fuel.”
JCB said this view has been verified by a local groundworks contractor who recently hired a JCB 8085 Eco from Bison Plant.
Alfie Stebbings, of Winstone, Gloucestershire, said: “I am amazed at the fuel economy of the eight-tonne JCB. We have used it a alongside a three-tonne machine from another manufacturer on a drainage project.
“When working the same hours on similar tasks, the 8085 used less fuel per day than the three-tonne machine. We expected the JCB to be economical but this really has surpassed our expectations.”
The JZ140 model is powered by the Tier 4i-compliant JCB Ecomax engine - developed as part of the company’s intensive fuel efficiency and emissions reduction drive.
Digger bosses said this has seen JCB save its worldwide customers £130 million since 2010 - through reduced fuel use on machines. The 8085 features JCB’s Ecodig system which utilises the latest engine and hydraulic system technology to produce the most efficient midi excavator available – which fuel savings of up to 21 per cent on previous models.