Good news treble
23 February 2021
Yesterday’s blog post focused on tool and plant hirers maintaining an optimistic outlook about the post-lockdown recovery. No sooner had I uploaded it than a string of good news stories came in about other companies in a similarly positive mood.
First, L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage has added five new Takeuchi TB250-2 mini excavators (above) to its fleet, fitted with GKD Technologies’ 2RCi height, slew and load rated capacity indicators.
This system enables the machines to meet Highways England’s safety standards for plant operating near live traffic lanes. It also has an ‘envelope control’ option, a facility for parallel or multi-point virtual walls, combined with integrated height control, useful when machines operate in restricted environments, such as working close to open highways or underneath overhead obstructions.
Lynch reports that the Takeuchi excavators are already out on hire on an M1 improvement project - another positive sign.
Secondly, Banner Plant has taken delivery of three more S2755RT narrow rough terrain scissor lifts from Snorkel UK. The machines (pictured below), which were assembled in the manufacturer’s facility in Tyne & Wear, were delivered to the Banner Plant Derby depot and increase the hirer’s total of these models to ten, as it refreshes its fleet to meet demand.
And finally, Ardent Hire Solutions has bought no fewer than 525 JCB Loadall telescopic handlers (also pictured below) to meet strong demand. The order, said to be worth £26m ane which also includes 25 3CX backhoe loaders, spans the compact 525-60 to the 540-200 models, which have reaches of between 6m and 20m.
Significantly, JCB group managing director for global major accounts, Steve Fox said that the size of the order “underlines the need to invest in new machinery to support the growth in the UK construction industry, which continues to recover strongly after the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Some say that good news comes in threes. Those developments above certainly make a trio of positive stories and let’s hope for more of the same as the hire industry continues to move forward.