Operators brand 220X the best excavator JCB has ever produced

Lomond Plant has bought more than 250 JCB models in a deal worth in excess of £13 million – including a fleet of 18 brand new JCB X Series excavators.

Operators at the Falkirk-based firm – which offers plant hire services across the UK – have described the new X Series as the by far the best excavator JCB has ever produced.

Supplied by dealer Scot JCB, Lomond Plant’s 18 new 220X models are being used across a range of projects including housebuilding, windfarms and utility work.

The huge investment forms part of Lomond Plant’s ongoing expansion plans, which has already seen growth in to the North West of England and the Midlands with a new depot in Yorkshire set to open. Other JCB models making up the massive order include mini excavators, tracked excavators, site dumpers, backhoe loaders and compaction equipment.

Lomond Plant’s Joint Managing Director, Ross Easton said: “We always choose JCB for the value, parts availability from the JCB World Parts Centre and the continual superb service from our dealer, Scot JCB. In addition to those factors, the enhanced operator comfort and robust design really stood out on the new X Series.

“We’ve had some great reviews on the machine from operators saying it’s by far the best tracked excavator produced by JCB in terms of cab layout and comfort - and also the performance and control of the machine has hugely improved.

“JCB LiveLink is a key bonus of working with JCB too. We can access information across our entire fleet at any time while the live tracking and fuel monitoring features are extremely valuable to use.”

The brand new JCB 220X - a 20-tonne tracked excavator model, launched earlier this year - has been designed to provide maximum operator comfort, durability and reliability in operation. Over a four-year development period, JCB has undertaken a programme of intensive component and product testing, to achieve increased levels of build quality and reliability for customers in this advanced new machine. Most impressively, the 220X boasts an incredibly low 67dB(A) noise level inside the operator’s cab, down from 73dB(A) on the previous generation.

The new JCB 220X features a 15% larger cab with integral ROPS structure, reduced noise levels, simple user interface and stronger side doors for greater strength and increased protection.

Founded in 1988, Lomond plant Hire provides general plant hire services – both operated and self-drive – to the construction industry from depots in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, St Helens and a new depot in the Midlands. Customers include local authorities and major contractors and Lomond offers both short-term rentals and long-term supply agreements.

The company operates an exclusively JCB fleet of over 550 items including, 1-22 tonne JCB tracked and wheeled excavators with associated attachments, telehandlers, backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction equipment.

Fundamental to the success of its business has been the provision of high quality equipment, a pool of experienced and fully trained operators, and excellent service - including 24-hour call out for service engineers.

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