12:51 Friday 07 February 2014

Another £1 million-plus order coming from JCB

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

JCB secured a huge order from a major UK plant hire and contracting firm.

Dorset-based Mark Farwell Plant Hire and Contracting has invested more than £1 million in JCB machinery including a fleet of 10 3CX Sitemaster backhoe loaders.

The company, which runs more than 80 machines, operates from Blandford Forum, Dorset, working throughout Dorset and into Wiltshire and the surrounding area.

Its latest fleet additions, which also include tracked and midi excavators, have been bought through dealer Holt JCB.

Company owner Mark Farwell said: “We’ve operated JCB machines for 32 years and they’ve always been a good machine.

“We’ve never had a bad one and they’ve always been reliable.

“Holt JCB is right on our doorstep and they give us a really good service too.”

Mr Farwell’s business is split between civil engineering and earthmoving contracting work and plant hire.

Farwell has always run backhoe loaders as part of the fleet, changing the machines every two-to-three years to keep pace with the latest technology. The 10 backhoe loaders are the latest 3CX ECO, powered by JCB’s award-winning EcoMAX diesel engine.

This highly-efficient powerplant offers six per cent more torque than the previous model, yet consumes up to nine per cent less fuel.

Farwell has specified the machines which offer fuel savings of as much as 25 per cent when travelling on the road.

Mark Farwell added: “We have always had backhoe loaders.

“They are a very versatile machine that is always in demand, both for our own contracting work and for the plant hire side of the business.

“The JCB product is good value for money and it’s a good British product and it is nice to buy British.

“They are not the cheapest machines on the market, though the cost to buy is reasonable.

“But, when you come to sell a JCB, you always get a good resale value.

“That gives us the best total cost of ownership.”

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