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KUBOTA’S FAMILY AFFAIR
Two family-owned hirers in the south west of England, Rocket Rentals and Bison Plant Hire, have responded to growing demand
by buying ten Kubota mini excavators.
Owned and run by Simon Tomblin, Rocket Rentals, recently took delivery of four machines at its premises in Dursley, Gloucestershire, comprising two U17-3 and two U48-4 zero tail swing models. “We supply excavators ranging from 1-22 tonnes to a broad
customer base, but we have taken a special interest in Kubota’s
5-8 tonne range over the past two years owing to their versatility
and reliability,” he said.
Located 25 miles further west, near Cirencester, Bison Plant Hire is managed by Simon’s brother, Guy. He reports similar growth, and has bought four U48-4 and two KX080-4 minis. “Bison specialises in both operated and self-drive plant hire and we have been buying Kubota for seven years now. We run machines in the 1.5, 3, 5, 6 and 8 tonne ranges,” said Guy. “Reliability
is key to ensure we are meeting the demands of our broad customer base, which includes main contractors, ground workers, local builders and landscapers.”
Both hirers add that continued growth in the house building market in the region over the past 18 months has accelerated the demand for minis in their fleets, and for other compact plant.
GAP boosts welfare fleet with AJC
GAP is expanding its welfare services fleet with an investment, reported to be worth several million pounds, in mobile welfare units following a partnership with AJC Trailers, which will be supplying 60 of its EasyCabin ‘eco’ models per month.
The manufacturer has modified the units to GAP’s specifications, installing additional characteristics such as an amp fuse upgrade to prevent overloading and a detachable canteen worktop. AJC says the products offer several environmental benefits, including improved fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions,
with a reduction in servicing costs.
The EasyCabins have been bought as part of GAP’s Green Action Plan to offer sustainably viable products, and they will be available from its Welfare Services depots in Manchester, Shotts, Bournemouth, Waltham Cross, Bristol and Derby. More locations are scheduled to open later this year.
A-Plant opens Park Royal depot
A-Plant has opened a new Tool Hire Express depot at Park Royal in west London, which the hirer says will help reduce its traffic and carbon footprint in the capital. The facility will specialise in the
hire and sale of small equipment and consumables for professional and DIY users.
Steve King, A-Plant’s Regional Sales Director for London, said, “Park Royal was identified as a key growth area with lots of potential. We already have a Tool Hire Express store in London City, and the new location will allow us to serve even more customers.”
The hirer also recently achieved Whole Fleet Accreditation (WFA) under Transport for London’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.
It believes it is only the second company in the country to secure this qualification, which applies across its 130-strong Service Centre network and its entire transport fleet, to demonstrate best practice in terms of safety, fuel efficiency, driver training and reduced emissions.
Fleet expansion for WHC
Increasing business for WHC Hire Services has led to its investment of £1.2m in new equipment for its Tewkesbury and Worcester depots. Bought through the Gunn JCB dealership, the order comprised 50 machines, including 40 JCB excavators ranging from1.5 to 13 tonnes, four Kubota U10-3 micro excavators, and six Thwaites dumpers ranging from 2 to 9 tonnes, to be delivered over the next six months.
WHC has also been awarded a silver medal from RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) in its Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015.
It is the sixth consecutive year in which the company has achieved this recognition. It has established purpose-built testing areas to assess the vibration and noise levels of equipment in its hire fleet, and the service is also offered to customers
for their own kit.
Hartley Hire wins Karcher prize
Morecambe-based Hartley Hire, which has five branches covering north Lancashire and Cumbria, has taken delivery of a package of four Karcher machines as a result of winning a business card draw at the recent Executive Hire Show. Sales Manager Andy Newton is pictured with Karcher’s National Accounts Executive, Amanda Bacon, receiving
CPA to host plant safety meeting
CPA is inviting hire professionals to participate in
The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group’s new project to produce guidance on the inadvertent operation of controls, with the first open meeting taking place on 17 June.
The project is primarily concerned with situations where plant operators have activated controls and caused machine movement, without intending to do so. This could happen, for example, when leaving the cab of an excavator, or reaching for objects while inside.
At the open meeting, CPA will invite contributions from owners and operators in order to understand the type of incidents that can occur. The project will take into account research published by the Health & Safety Executive in 2014, which concerned excavators and similar earthmoving plant. The event will be held at Nuthurst Grange Hotel, near Solihull, from 10.30am to 3pm. To register, visit www.cpa.uk.net/iooc-project/
Garic delivers fuel savings
Site welfare specialist, Garic, reports annual fuel savings of more than £50,000 by monitoring driver behaviour across its 45-strong delivery fleet of HGVs, vans and cards, using technology from TomTom Telematics.
The Webfleet system shows the optimum mpg drivers can achieve, and they receive a weekly bonus if they achieve agreed performance targets. Garic’s Logistics Manager, Phil Hibbert, said, “HGV idling time has dropped dramatically since we introduced the scheme, with drivers now thinking about the fuel consumption figures much more and changing their driving styles accordingly.
“Our hire desk team also use Webfleet to provide clients with accurate estimated arrival times, and we plan to upgrade the driver terminals so we can capture customer signatures on delivery.”
AFI acquires Hampshire Plant & Access
Hampshire Plant & Access (HPA) has been acquired by AFI-Uplift, and will operate as an independent business within the AFI Group. Legendary plant hirer, David Meadham, who founded the company, will remain in day-to-day charge of the operation, which will retain its name and branding.
Operating from depots in Winchester, Southampton and Salisbury, HPA has an annual turnover approaching £4m. It has a fleet of over 550 machines, comprising powered access equipment, excavators, telescopic handlers and dumpers.