Hampshire-based Cosham Plant has a large, mixed fleet of plant that includes a range of JCB machines as well as competitive machinery. The company specifies the latest and safest equipment including JCB telescopic handlers, rollers and backhoe loaders. Until recently Cosham Plant, one of the largest hirers on the South Coast, has specified competitive brands of tracked excavator from 0.8t to 25t.
However, the latest piece of kit to be added to the portfolio is a pair of JCB JS131 tracked excavators. The units were bought by owner, Mick Gafney, following a demonstration by Greenshields JCB and a trial period enabling the company to get feedback from their own operators and customers.
Designed specifically for the rental sector the 13-tonner is the only excavator in this weight category that doesn’t require DPF, SCR or AdBlue thanks to its 55kW JCB Ecomax engine. It is robustly designed to withstand the treatment that rental machines can be subjected to on-site, yet delivers excellent productivity, comfort and safety.
Mick Gafney, who is an incredible 86 years old and still going strong, has run family-owned Cosham Plant with wife Nora since 1974. Daughter Claire now works in the business too and they are all very pleased with the latest acquisition and acknowledge its ability to deliver efficient operation;
“This JCB has performed beyond our expectations. I met some initial resistance from my fitters – who have been working with Japanese excavators here for the last 30 odd years – but they can see that the machine delivers the performance we need along with real time savings in terms of servicing and maintenance. With no need for a DPF, SCR or AdBlue on this machine we can save time preparing the machine and fewer errors creep in from topping up the liquids. My drivers all really like the machine and are very happy with the productivity; which is helped by the comfy cab and controls. So far it’s been a very worthwhile investment and I am already looking at another one of these lovely little machines.”
Since its delivery earlier in the year, the machines have been out on permanent hire and working in a range of different applications.