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Gloucestershire plant hirer Rocket Rentals buys 22 JCB JZ140 tracked zero tailswing excavators to meet growing demand from UK housebuilders

The Dursley-based firm has already taken delivery of 12 machines, with a further 10 to follow during the course of the year.  All of the 14t, zero tailswing models are fitted with JCB’s LiveLink telematics system and specified with the JCB Dualock Quickhitch, additional hand rails on the upper structure and dozer blades.

Rocket Rentals director Simon Tomblin said: “For self-drive rental firm like ours, zero tailswing is essential. Much of our business is in groundworks for the major UK housebuilders. Space is often tight, so zero tailswing means less damage and ticks many crucial health and safety boxes.

“We monitored the evolution of JCB’s zero tailswing excavators for some time before making our first purchase. Since then, the JZ140 has proven to be cracking machine with great demand from our customers, hence taking 10 more over the coming months.

“LiveLink is another major factor. Not only does it give us total peace of mind on security, it gives us complete control and a better understanding of our fleet from a business perspective. We have a real time overview of where our machines are operating and can also access data on each machine’s performance, efficiency and reliability - which shows us how effective our investment has been and steers us when updating the fleet.”

The machines have been fully employed since their delivery, with high profile projects including groundworks at Crest Nicholson’s 34-unit Hanham Place development in Bristol.

 

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