The deal is for the JCB 155 and 205T tracked models and has been secured thanks to the health and safety benefits of the machines’ unique ‘Power Boom’ design. This enables operators to enter the cab of the machine through a large side door rather than climbing over potentially dangerous attachments at the front. The deal also includes a huge range of JCB attachments which will make the machines some of the most versatile in the Hewden fleet. These include augers, pallet forks, shovels, trenchers, waste grapples, patch planners, sweeper collectors, brush cutters, landscape power rakes and breakers.

“This is the latest in a significant round of investments for Hewden,” said Hewden CEO Adrian Murphy. “We believe in having the latest and newest technology to meet our clients’ exacting demands.  We were impressed with JCB’s design of its skid steer and compact tracked loader range and the health and safety benefits it offers. Having a side-door entry point is just common sense and sets the standard for the industry. Beyond that is the versatility of the equipment. It enables our rental customers to deploy the equipment in a range of challenging environments. This, together with our recent investment in our crane and lifting fleet, shows we are at the forefront of providing the latest innovative machinery for customers.”

“This order is very significant for JCB and we are delighted that such a major hirer as Hewden recognises the unique health and safety benefits of the JCB skid steer range,” said JCB Chief Executive Officer Graeme Macdonald.

Operators of JCB’s skid steer range can now enjoy the comfort of a cab interior that is 46 per cent larger than comparable models. A 270-degree field of view also provides a 60 per cent improvement on the panorama from conventional skid steer loader designs, enhancing the health and safety of those working in or around the machinery.

The safety and comfort of the operator has also been factored in to every stage of the latest design; low-effort servo assisted controls make operation light and easy; a multi-function joystick also enables operators to use a wide array of hydraulic attachments. A large front window panel also provides easy evacuation in the event of an emergency – a vast improvement on the small rear exits provided on conventional designs.

The small footprint and versatile handling characteristics of JCB’s skid steer and compact track loaders make it a multi-purpose tool. Thanks to a range of attachments for multi-function lifting and digging capabilities, these machines are suitable for general construction work, waste and recycling, road construction, agriculture, ports and solar farm usage.

A two-speed transmission on the 155 model achieves quicker travel and cycle times. A JCB Diesel by Kohler KDI engine features a maintenance-free diesel-oxidation catalyst (DOC), offering improved torque and fuel efficiency.  Low-effort, servo-assisted controls with a multi-function joystick allow the operator to operate a wide array of hydraulic attachments. The 205T compact track loader has the ability to turn within its own axis offering unparalleled maneuverability for restricted areas. The 155 has a tipping load of 3,100 lbs (1,406 kg) and a loader lift capability of 3,900 lbs (1,770kg). The 205T has a tipping load of 5,857 lbs (2,656 kg) and a loader lift capacity of 3,461 lbs (1,570 kg).