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EXECUTIVE NEWS


MORRIS LESLIE BUYS CHERTSEY PLANT


Morris Leslie Plant Hire Ltd continues to expand its fleet and depot network with the acquisition of Surrey-based Chertsey Plant Hire. This follows the purchase of four former Hewden sites at the start of 2017 and increases its depot total to 13. Chertsey Plant Hire principally hires telescopic handlers, excavators,


dumpers, rollers and access equipment. Graham Ogilvie, MD of Morris Leslie Plant Hire, said, “We are delighted with the purchase as Chertsey is a long-established and well-respected industry name. It adds another great location to our national footprint. Chertsey’s fleet is younger than industry norms but over the coming months there


Vanguard engine solution


Briggs & Stratton has


launched a new petrol engine with characteristics designed to eliminate the problem of hirers’ customers leaving the fuel switch open on machines and


causing oil/fuel dilution during transportation. The single cylinder Vanguard 6.5hp engine is a horizontal shaft


203cc model with an advanced version of the manufacturer’s TransportGuard system. This is a single ignition, throttle and fuel shut-off switch whereby, by turning off the engine, the operator simultaneously closes the fuel supply. The power unit has a newly designed carburettor with corrosion


and stale fuel-resistant inner plating, and is configured to start in temperatures as low as -28°C. Paul Bramhall, Senior Manager Marketing with Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power said, “We interviewed hundreds of hire businesses, OEMs, end users and dealers worldwide to better understand the problems they face, and starting was the number one issue.”


are plans to further refresh its fleet in line with our overall profile, which sees an average age of below two years.” The deal expands the overall Morris Leslie fleet by a further 500


assets. Of these, 250 are telescopic handlers, bringing its total of these machines to more than 2,000, comprising JCB and Manitou models. Chertsey Plant Hire’s MD, Gary Balle said, “I am relishing the


opportunity to work with the new management and pleased to see that Morris Leslie already has an investment plan in place to replace and expand our fleet. Morris Leslie’s larger infrastructure will allow us to support our customers nationally.”


Southern Plant on track with Hinowa


Southern Plant & Tool Hire of Henley-on-Thames has invested in its second Hinowa TP1600 tracked forklift. With a lift capacity of up to 1,600kg, the stand-on machine is designed to work on rough terrain and has hydraulically-widening axles for extra stability. Vincent Rose, Director of Southern Plant, which this year is


celebrating its 30th anniversary said, “The TP1600 is quite a specialised piece of kit, but is pretty popular with our core customer base of builders and landscapers. We invested in a second machine due to increased demand.” The


machine weighs 1,330kg and is 1.24m wide, with a maximum lifting height of 1.78m. It is part of a growing fleet of Hinowa machines at Southern Plant, which includes 14.70 and Hinowa 17.75 tracked booms, and four HS701 compact dumpers, purchased from Access Platform Sales (APS), the UK distributor.


Ten Kubota minis for Gordon Bow Plant Hire


Gordon Bow Plant Hire of Broxburn has purchased ten 4.8-tonne Kubota U48-4 mini excavators to add to its fleet of construction machinery which is supplied to customers throughout Scotland. MD Graham Bow said, “The excavators will be used across a wide range of sectors,


including both operated and self-drive markets, such as street works and house building. The U48-4 is a versatile machine and we believe it will be suitable for a wide range of projects and applications.”


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