H&C Plant Hire buys 20 JCBs
By Leila Steed24 November 2022
Construction equipment rental firm H&C Plant Hire in the UK has completely renewed its backhoe loader fleet, replacing its originally 3CX Sitemaster models with 20 of JCB’s 3CX Pro Sitemaster units.
A provider of both operated and self drive plant services across the northwest of England, the Manchester-based company’s new 3XC Pro models have a maximum operating weight of 9.5 tonnes and offer maximum digging depth of 6.51m.
Among their standout features is a Stage V compliant, 4.8-litre engine that provides 81kW of power and the manufacturer’s new ECOROAD 6-speed autoshift transmission.
Said to reduce travel times between site by up to 25% and save 15% in fuel, the ECOROAD feature and the3CX Pro’s ability to go to and from construction sites without the need for additional transport was a key factor in H&C’s purchase decision.
Lee Barlow, H&C Plant Hire’s Director, said, “We buy JCB 3CX backhoe loaders because they are the best backhoe loaders available. It’s as simple as that. They’re powerful, versatile and perfect for the jobs we need them for.
“As a hire company we like that you can drive to the job and back and you don’t have to pay for haulage. The machines are used on local authority projects, and they can do anything. Our operators are very happy and find the new 3CX PRO machines more powerful than ever.”
Other features included in the Pro backhoe loaders - which will be rented out on long-term contracts - include light guards, front bumper protection, bluetooth radio, integrated LED roof beacons and a new servo seat that, when turned to the opposite direction, automatically switches between loader and excavator controls.