A road planing business has become the first in the UK to utilise the new Cat PM620 cold planers.

DP Cold Planing has taken delivery of the new units, supplied by Finning UK & Ireland, and plans to immediately put them into action.

Anthony Prescott, managing director for DP Cold Planing said, “Ever since the business was launched in 1985, we have continued to invest in our people and the most up to date technology and equipment. When we were asked to trial the new PM620, our planing machine operators happily obliged and extensively put the machine through its paces.

“They found the unit to be a very reactive, manoeuvrable and highly productive machine, well suited to the nature of our operations, which vary from rapid high volume, full-depth extraction of carriageway constructions in a single pass, to level critical profile planing. They were impressed with the PM620’s capabilities.

“The reason why we opted for a bulk purchase of Cat PM620s, was to have a consistency of approach throughout our teams using the machine. This was further supported by Finning UK & Ireland and Caterpillar through the provision of the in-depth operator and fitter training, provided at its specialist facility in Minerbio, Italy.”

The PM620 is said to benefit from “advanced steering for exceptional manoeuvrability”, allowing it to be effective even in tight spaces. The machine features the Cat Grade Control system.

Phil Battle, Finning UK & Ireland paving business manager added, “With the PM620, Caterpillar has delivered a highly capable machine, which has already seen DP Cold Planing, an industry leader, switch it’s large planing machines to Cat cold planers. This is just the start of the journey with more size classes to be introduced in 2018 and beyond, giving our customers a full product line-up, that they can use to ultimately save their clients time and money.”