Dawsongroup adds six JCB Pothole Pros

By Leila Steed11 October 2022

Dawsongroup, a rental company in the UK that specialises in long-term vehicles and equipment rental, has invested in six of JCB’s pothole fixing machines.

Dawsongroup's Managing Director Glen Carruthers (left) and Oli Brown of dealer TC Harrison JCB. Dawsongroup’s Managing Director Glen Carruthers (left) and Oli Brown of dealer TC Harrison JCB. (Photo: JCB)

The company, which provides a variety of self-drive units to the municipal and industrial sectors, added the new units to its fleet meet a rising demand from local authorities, which are trying to catch up on a reported nine years of road repairs with an estimated cost of £12.64 billion (€14.4 billion).

The six machines were supplied by local dealer TC Harrison JCB and are now being rolled out for rent or contract hire by local authorities and contractors across the country who urgently need to tackle the scourge of potholes as winter approaches.

Described by JCB as “revolutionary”, the Pothole Pro can repair potholes in just eight minutes - four times faster than repairs carried out using traditional methods - and “at half the cost”.

The model features a TAB two-piece boom and is fitted with the JCB ‘Multi-tool’ and two attachments - a dedicated hydraulic cropper and a sweeper/bucket.

This enables users to cut the road defect and crop and clean the edges of potholes, allowing “a uniform hole to be prepared by the operator from the comfort of their cab”.

According to manufacturer JCB, the Pothole Pro can prepare “up to 250m2 of roadway in a single shift, or 5,000m3 per month”.

The first of Dawsongroup's JCB Pothole Pros  ready to leave JCB's factory. The first of Dawsongroup’s JCB Pothole Pros ready to leave JCB’s factory. (Photo: JCB)

Glen Carruthers, Dawsongroup emc Managing Director, said, “This is really exciting for us. The Pothole Pro is an innovative machine which is both time and cost-effective. Our investment gives local authorities and contractors access to the best machines for the job without the need for major financial outlay.

“Not only is this a highly innovative addition to our product range, but it also means that we are helping to solve a problem that provokes many road users’ frustrations. It is also a significant milestone for Dawsongroup as the company further expands its extensive product range and sector diversification.”

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