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Busy Smiths buys Kubotas

19 April 2021

Busy Smiths buys Kubotas

Astute forward ordering and careful management have enabled Smiths Equipment Hire to take delivery of 35 more Kubota mini excavators at a time when demand for plant is rocketing.

The company’s Kubota fleet now totals more than 120 machines.

This is a busy period for the Blackpool-based business, which has already opened a new depot in Burnley (below) this year and is currently putting the finishing touches to additional locations in Castleford and Morecambe.

Thomas Smith, joint managing director, said: “With a lot more people working at home, and current restrictions allowing construction work to continue, home-scale projects are on the rise and demand for smaller excavators is huge. This is especially the case for Kubota’s sub-5 tonne range, which are perfect for domestic jobs.”

The latest order comprises several models, including the U10-3, KX016-4, U17-3a and U27-4, as well as two recently released U50-5 machines in the 5-tonne class which have Stage V-compliant engines.

Thomas says the Kubota machines are “extremely reliable, come with an excellent backup service, and perhaps most important - customers love them.”

David Smith, Thomas’ brother and fellow managing director, tells me that business is extremely strong. “Our Burnley depot has only been opened a few months and it’s going great guns. And our business amongst homeowners and DIY users doubled last year. Utilisation has never been higher.”

Busy Smiths buys Kubotas


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