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Mayday Plant Hire of Thornton Heath has bought four additional JCB mini excavators for its fleet, including two of the manufacturer’s 1.9C-1 new generation 1.8-tonne models, to meet strong customer demand. Completing the order are two 3.2-tonne 8030 machines. “We have had 8030s in the feet for some time and have been very

impressed by them, and recent demand meant we have had to buy more,” Director Derek Blow told EHN. “We liked the look of the premium specification 19C-1, which we have had fitted with canopies, key code ignition protection and Harford quick-hitches. The machines also have uprated hydraulics and twin speed tracking. Overall, it looks very well thought out.”

The 19C-1 also incorporates the swing control and auxiliaries into

the right-hand joystick to eliminate foot pedals and free up cab floor space. A sloping undercarriage is designed to give minimal soil retention and to enable fast cleaning. “These latest purchases mean we now have more than

30 excavators in our fleet. Business this year has proved to be a really pleasant surprise: we have experienced the busiest January we have had in many years, and until the severe cold weather came in early spring we were absolutely flat out. However, trading quickly picked up again and we are serving an increasing number of small and medium-sized contractors.”

HPA nets success with Manitou boom

Fish farmers in Romsey hired a Manitou 220J stick boom from Hampshire Plant & Access (HPA) to carry out important ecological work.

The Test Valley Trout company needed to install anti-predator netting over

a two-acre area on one of its farms to protect 1,500,000 fish. CEO Christopher Saunders-Davies said, “The challenges for us were about reach, as we had to get out to the middle of the water on each pond to tie and secure the nets. The machine enabled us to gain the access we needed just above the water.”

Murray Hire Centres puts Först first

Bristol-based Murray Hire Centres has expanded its fleet of Först wood chippers. The company currently has two TR6 models, one ST6 and a TR8

machine, with another TR8 currently on order. The TR6 is a compact and manoeuvrable unit which comes with the manufacturer’s ForstGrip feed-roller system, designed to allow forked branches and limbs to be processed. Mandy Taylor, MD of Murray Hire Centres, said, “We have reaped nothing

but benefits from having Först machines on our fleet. They have been utilised in a variety of scenarios, from arboriculture work through to site clearances.”

3 CPA’s brightest Stars

The most promising young plant mechanic apprentices in the country were recognised at this year’s Stars of the Future awards, held by the CPA in association with A-Plant at the Heart of England Conference Centre near Coventry. There were 19 regional winners at both NVQ Level 2

and Level 3, from whom two national winners were selected. Entrants were assessed on their academic performance and in their work environment. National Level 2 winner was Dan Pickles from Charles

Wilson Engineers, who studies at Askham Bryan College. “I really didn’t expect to win such a prestigious industry award. I have been given the responsibility of working as a Mobile Service Engineer by my employer, which is a great position for an apprentice to be in as I work all over the country covering 18 depots nationwide,” said Dan, pictured (right) with National Level 3 winner Ciaran Warnes, who works for TXM Plant and attends the National Construction College. Other successful regional hire apprentices included, at

Level 2, Michael Barton from Chippindale Plant and Imran Ahmed of A-Plant, while Level 3 achievers included Hire Station’s Callum Bradley and Tyler Lloyd from A-Plant.

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