JOG Contractors in West Sussex has bought its first Bobcat compact excavators.
Three of the excavators are working together on their first project, a new residential development in West Sussex.
Managing director Owen O’Grady, who set up JOG Contractors in 2009, said: “The E17 is a very competitive 1.7 tonne product, providing much more for less money than most 1.5 tonne machines on the market. This is illustrated by a maximum digging depth of 2249 mm and maximum reach at ground level of 3871 mm, complemented by compact overall dimensions, with easy transportability further enhanced by new tie-down points.”
He added: “Over the years, I have regularly used Bobcat machines from rental companies, but it was the performance of a Bobcat E80 model, the predecessor to the E85, that I used on a job 18 months ago that was a key factor in deciding to purchase the Bobcat brand for our fleet renewal. I was also impressed by the fast response and service offered by [dealer] Bobcat of London.”
He continued: “We find the E85 a more useful machine on our site than bigger 13-tonners as the arm can be offset for digging, which you can’t do on the bigger machines. Overall we can carry out more work than with a 13-tonner and we use a lot less fuel. The E32 is also an ideal machine for the smaller drainage jobs on site where we need a more compact machine and high precision.”