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Land & Water opts for JCB to tackle flood prevention jobs

Marine civil engineering specialist Land & Water has bought eight new JCB JS145 long reach excavators for work on projects across the UK, including flood prevention schemes on the Somerset Levels for the ­Environment Agency.

The machines were purpose built for the contractor, with the base machine of a conventional 14.5t excavator fitted with a long reach boom - a combination that makes them ideal for dredging applications.

Land & Water director Richard Maclean said: “The geometry of the arm is first class - providing good reach, excellent load over height and low transport position. The machines are performing well and have been positively received in the field. Our customers also find them to be very frugal when it comes to fuel consumption.”

The machines are fitted with JCB’s LiveLink telematics system, which monitors performance and location. Maclean said this is an important feature. “With our machines continually moving up and down watercourses, we need to know exactly where they are if we need to attend site. We also use it to monitor out of hours usage and for service management and diagnostics.”

The new machines join six existing JCB excavators in Land & Water’s fleet - the largest fleet of specialist long reach excavators, dredging equipment and floating plant in the UK.

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