A Stonehaven plant hirer has been singing the praises of the firm’s new 10-tonne JCB 100C-1 excavator.

A Scott Plant Hire bought the machine to help with projects that require the combination of a compact size of  midi excavator and the powerful performance and longer reach traditionally delivered by larger machines.

The JCB 100C-1 was chosen with Groundworker specification, which includes eco power mode, heated air-suspension seat, air conditioning, auxiliary hydraulics and LED work lights. The machine has already been called into action at a range of projects including service work for utilities, civil engineering and housebuilding companies. Other tasks have included agricultural and forestry work for local customers.

Owner and operator, Allan Scott said, “My 8-tonne JCB 8085 was a really good digger but the I’m delighted with the switch to the 100C-1 which is a fantastic machine. It gives me excellent visibility and exceptional lifting performance along with the greater power and stability.

“I’m one of the first hirers to introduce a 10-tonne machine in the area and it has opened up a real niche – helping customers with heavy-duty applications in tight spaces.

“In terms of support, I have a great relationship with my dealer Scot JCB in Aberdeen. They deliver a good, reliable service whether its parts or engineering backup I need.”

JCB said the 10-tonne 100C-1 is based on the frame of JCB’s 8.6 tonne 86C-1 midi machine, but with a “more powerful engine, larger dig end and increased hydraulic capacity to boost performance”.

It shares the new JCB midi appearance, along with a revised H-design undercarriage and a JCB Diesel by Kohler Tier 4 Final engine. Features include 30º tilting cab, a “spacious” cab and100% steel bodywork. It also incorporates JCB’s 2Go hydraulic safety system.