The Malcolm Group has taken delivery of 29 new JCB machines – including the first Stage V 457 wheeled loading shovel in Scotland.
The Linwood-based logistics and construction services specialist has purchased the JCB 457 along with a fleet of other JCB models - which are all now working following the Covid-19 lockdown. As well as the JCB 457, the latest additions to the Malcolm Group fleet include 131X and 220X tracked excavators, backhoe loader, Teletruk, Loadall telescopic handler and wheeled excavator models.
Supplied by dealer Scot JCB, the new Stage V 457 will be used on a range of site works including housing, industrial, school construction, various Scottish Water projects and ongoing windfarm builds. The model has been updated to meet the upcoming EU Stage V emissions legislation. The move from the previous MTU engine to Cummins brings an increase in overall engine power, from 192kW (258hp) to 210kW (282hp).
The purchase of the 13 tonne 131X Series models marks one of the single largest orders for the new machine since it was launched last year. The JCB 131X is aimed squarely at ground working specialists and is more productive, durable, quieter, more comfortable and easier to use than its predecessors. Malcolm Group has already put the machines to work on projects including drainage, foundation digging and road building.
“We choose JCB machines because of the fuel efficiency which reduces the operating costs for not only us as a hirer but also benefits our customers in reducing their site costs” stated Malcolm Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Malcolm
The new JCB Stage V 457 wheeled loader benefits from a number of new and innovative features including a 9% more powerful and efficient Stage V Cummins engine and a new fuel saving auto engine-shutdown feature. Unique 5-speed transmission is fitted as standard, there are two new power modes for greater versatility and the model features one of the most operator friendly cabs on the market.
Malcolm Group was founded in 1921 as a family-owned business and is now one of the leading providers of logistics, construction and maintenance services in the UK including plant hire, tipper hire, quarrying, waste management and recycling.