First Cat 313 GC excavator delivered to UK rental firm
By Belinda Smart09 March 2021
A plant rental and waste disposal company in Dorset (south England) has taken delivery of the UK’s first Cat 313 GC excavator.
Family run business Buckland Newton Hire (BNH) purchased the Cat 313 GC from Finning UK & Ireland, the region’s Cat dealer, to meet the long-term rental needs of a recycling customer.
The Cat 313 GC is one of a number of important orders made by BNH to support the opening of its new plant in December.
It offers increased power and is designed to boost operator efficiency and lower maintenance costs, which Cat says makes it “popular for rental and all-round excavating applications that require reliability.”
It has two operating modes, Smart and Power, as well as a new, larger cab with improved ingress/egress to boost operator comfort.
“We are always looking for ways to improve and upgrade our fleet,” said Brad Perrett, Manager at BNH.
“The 313 GC is a natural evolution — it means we can maintain our competitive pricing, while offering all the creature comforts of Cat. I was impressed with the simplicity of the design, it is an easy-to-use, powerful, nice looking machine.”
BNH has also ordered its first Cat wheel loader, a 950 GC, to arrive later this year. The 950 GC has a high power density Cat 7.1 engine and the automatic Cat regeneration system.
Both the 313 GC and the 950 GC have been purchased with service contracts.
Jack Cezair, Territory Account Manager at Finning, said the GC series machines enable rental companies to become Cat owners at competitive price points.
“They bring many benefits to plant hire companies, as they deliver clear return on investment and means they can become a Cat owner for less than they think. Operators enjoy the comfortable cab design, increase their productivity, while saving on fuel and maintenance costs.”
In addition, the company has ordered 12 machines from Finning to support its new facility, launched in December, including its first dozer, a D6.
Cat’s GC series includes the 313 GC Small Excavator, 315 GC, 320 GC Medium Excavator and the 950 GC Medium Wheel Loader, designed for affordability and lower running costs.