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LHC is also hiring compact excavators to Balfour Beatty in Exhibition Road.


machine in Exhibition Road are a rotary flashing beacon, a rear end mirror and an audible reversing alarm. Stephen Gudgeon, founder and Managing Director of LHC, says that specification, the right price and good support from the dealer were the main reasons for his selection of the MT625T. He wanted a 6m class machine (to enable a 3rd tier lift onto scaffolds), as well as compact dimensions to allow operation on confined sites and within road works. Having previously rehired telehandlers, the long-term hire contract with Balfour Beatty was the catalyst for LHC to buy its first such machine.


LHC was established in 2001 when Stephen Gudgeon took over the lease on premises in Leighton Buzzard that had been vacated by Hewden 18 months earlier. Then working as a small builder, he felt there was a still a need for a hire shop in Leighton Buzzard and his belief has proved to be correct as LHC has subsequently developed and moved to larger premises.


Non-op fleet


The company’s non-op hire fleet includes compact excavators weighing 800kg to 8 tonnes, notably machines from Bobcat, JCB, Kubota and New Holland, tracked and wheeled dumpers, sized up to


6 tonnes from Ausa, Cormidi, Terex and Thwaites and 800mm and 1200mm tandem vibrating rollers from Bomag and Hamm. Stephen Gudgeon says that most of his compact excavators are now zero tail swing and that the smaller units have variable width tracks that make them more acceptable to his builder and utility contractor customers.


The latest compact excavators to join the LHC fleet are five Kubota machines, four of the 1.65 tonne U17-3α and one 5 tonne U50-3α and three Bobcats, a 1 tonne E10, a 2.7 tonne 425 and a 2.9 tonne 428. Three of these machines are also on hire to Balfour Beatty in Exhibition Road.


LHC is in the process of buying a larger delivery vehicle - which can transport both a midi excavator and a dumper together. And the MT625T is unlikely to remain the company’s only telehandler for long - more of this model are on the cards and Stephen Gudgeon is also evaluating the potential for larger 10m class machines.


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