Maydencroft Limited, a specialist contractor offering sustainable environmental solutions on everything from sweeping rural landscapes to urban green spaces, for the commercial, private, public, utility, and charity sectors, has just taken delivery of eight Kubota U27-4 2.6 tonne mini-excavators supplied by Tring based Boss Plant Sales Ltd.
The high-spec Kubota U27-4’s are fitted with amber and green beacons, seatbelts, quick release couplers on all hydraulic lines, Hills Tefra hydraulic quick-hitches, and multiple buckets. Additionally, 3 thumb grabs are included in the order. Maydencroft has been a Boss Plant Sales customer for over 10 years and use their service and parts departments as well as purchasing new plant.
The Stage 5 certified machines will be put to work on a diverse range of applications across the country including environmental engineering, landscaping, sustainable drainage, wet-land projects to name but a few.
Maydencroft has run Kubota’s for over 5 years and the existing fleet of 10 machines comprises of models weighing in at 2.6, 5.0 and 8.0 tonnes. All the machines are operated by the companies own staff, a large proportion of which, have been with the company many years. Their operators are highly skilled in their specialist areas, with these additional machines critical to delivering a wide range of services.
Maydencroft’s Contracts Manager, James Shakespeare, had this to say about the recent investment, “The company has grown radically in the past few years, with sustained and increasing workload for our teams at our 4 depots increasing our fleet was necessary. We rarely hire-in plant and therefore we need more capacity. Why did we invest in more Kubota’s? The short answer is that they are ‘bullet-proof’! We rarely have any issues at all. Our operators are familiar with them and they like the controls and the overall ergonomics. The new machines have several improvements which will make our more demanding jobs more straight forward. And in the current climate the machine’s performance and fuel economy is important.”
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Kubota has announced a new Tracking System for the KX080-4a2 model across Europe.
The Tracking system will increase machine efficiency and security, allowing users to stay informed about the KX080-4a2 machines in their fleet. The Tracking system portal can be accessed via a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, meaning the data from a Kubota fleet can be seen anywhere at any time.
Kubota Tracking System enables the customer to track the following:
The system is free for the first four years from the date of machine handover (however, a charge based on request, will be incurred to reactivate, and reinstall a device which has been turned off).
To activate the system customers must agree to their machine’s data being sent to Japan, for future machine development. It will not be shared in any other way.
If consent is given the customers details are entered into K-Net via the warranty system and KUK will collect the customers details from K-net to set up the customers Tracking System account with a user ID and password sent direct to the customer.
An AEMP/API connection is available on request from the customer, this will be sent to Japan (via a form that KUK will complete) and access will be given directly to their chosen supplier.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Regional Sales Manager to join our team.
Applicants are sought with at least 3 years experience selling vehicles, industrial, agricultural or construction equipment to end users.
The role will involve the promotion of machine sales, service, and parts to existing and new customers. The main responsibility will be to sell all capital products, which will entail demonstrating and towing products. Applicants must therefore have a full UK driving licence. Additionally they must reside within our territory.
Alongside promoting the whole business, the role will include working with our manufacturers to ensure that Boss Plant Sales fulfils its requirements as a distributer for their respective products. Initial and on-going training will be provided, including attending manufacturer’s training. Applicants must be ‘computer literate’ and be able to use all common Apps including email, Word, and Excel. Proficiency using social media is desirable.
In the first instance please send a CV and a note of your salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our market leading brands, Manitou, is celebrating 50 years contributing to the UK market.
The first international subsidiary created by the group in 1972, Manitou UK distributes products and services throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Manitou Group’s first international operation was established in 1972 in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, under the name Manitou Site Lift Limited. It therefore became the first overseas subsidiary, marking the beginning of the group’s internationalization. In 1980, Manitou Site Lift Ltd expanded to its current premises in the town of Verwood, near Southampton. In 1998, the subsidiary took its current name and became Manitou UK.
Manitou UK provides technical and sales support to 51 Gehl and Manitou dealers in 91 locations across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The UK subsidiary now has around 50 employees, divided between sales administration, marketing, spare parts and after-sales service. The market covered by Manitou UK represents nearly 10% of the group’s turnover, making it one of the main markets after France and the United States.
The subsidiary’s business is dominated by construction, which accounts for 60% of sales, with the agricultural market accounting for approximately 20%. Mark Ormond, Managing Director of the Manitou UK subsidiary adds: “We are very proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary. The construction market recovered very quickly after the 2020 fall, meaning our 2021 turnover was back to pre-pandemic levels and close to a record level. Although supply is currently the limiting factor affecting our turnover, we expect 2022 to be a new record year of sales for Manitou UK. Thank you to all of our staff, dealers and customers for the trust you put in us.”
In 2017, the subsidiary saw its premises completely renovated in order to provide employees with optimal working conditions. The previously separate offices have made way for a large open-plan space that promotes team cohesion and communication between departments. The workshops have also been modernized to improve the accommodation of technicians during training sessions.
Kubota UK has just announced Rob White as their new Division Manager for Construction.
Rob is well known in the industry as he started his journey in construction at JCB in 1996, where he was involved in mini-excavators as a product specialist and then went on to hold senior sales and marketing positions. With more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry we are sure that Rob will be a great edition to the team.
Rob commented: “I’m really pleased to be joining Kubota and heading up the Construction Division. The product range has a fantastic reputation for quality and reliability, and even though Kubota leads the mini-excavator market in the UK and Ireland, there is still a huge opportunity for further growth. I am looking forward to working with my team, our customers, and the fantastic Kubota dealer network as we continue to deliver growth for mini-excavators, tracked dumpers and compact loaders.
We now stock Green D+ HVO diesel replacement fuel in handy 20 litre 'boxes'.
Green D+ HVO is a drop-in replacement for Gas Oil/Red Diesel and can be used in Diesel engines (on/off-road).
HVO is a fossil-free, paraffinic fuel made from 100% renewable materials. It is a more sustainable, higher quality Diesel fuel, suitable for all Diesel-powered vehicles and industrial powered generators. Produced from waste fats and vegetable oils, the fats are transformed into biofuel by hydrogenation.
Available from stock, COLLECTION ONLY, 20 litres £37.50 plus 5% VAT.
N.B. Not all manufacturers have approved this fuel. Check before using.
This fuel is however suitable for use in Boss Cabins generators for example.
After completing the launch of its entire range of dumpers with higher
payloads, 6 and 10 tonnes, AUSA is continuing to upgrade its equipment with the new
D301AHG dumper, which has a 3,000 kg payload. A completely new dumper, designed
with the aim of delivering higher productivity and a better return on investment for the
customer, as well as improved operation safety.
With the D301AHG, AUSA has upgraded its first mid-range dumper. Machines that are
perfectly suited to relatively large-scale construction works, whether for public works or
quick earthworks in open spaces.
To move the load, the dumper is equipped with a Kubota four-cylinder 18.5 kW engine
with no DPF, which complies with the Stage V low emissions standard. Additionally, the
machine's low weight and permanent all-wheel drive give it excellent off-road capability
and 50% gradeability.
This new dumper has been designed to achieve optimal productivity. In this new design,
a new skip has been devised with a heaped capacity of 1,742 litres, which is 12% higher
than in the previous model. With this notable increase, AUSA is seeking to minimise the
number of journeys that the operator has to make to transport the same amount of
material, thus speeding up the completion of the works.
The power-to-weight ratio has also been optimised, resulting in a machine that is more
manoeuvrable, quicker and with greater off-road capability.
Calculating the return on investment is a crucial moment when it comes to choosing the
right investment, so basic elements have been prioritised to lower this outlay:
Firstly, the new design has angular lines to the rear, that allows to include large engine
covers on both sides, which can be easily reached on your feet, without using any kind
of step. All of the regular maintenance components such as filters and fluid tanks have
been arranged to make them fully accessible in this area. Additionally, the
counterweight's large central grille makes it possible to quickly access the cooler, making
it easy to clean and remove.
It is also worth noting that the optimisation of the D301AHG dumper's power-to-weight
ratio ensures that fuel consumption is significantly lower than in the previous model.
In terms of equipment, the new 3-tonne dumper includes a set of safety features that
make it a top performer in this regard.
Firstly, the power is transmitted via hydrostatic transmission, ensuring smoother and
safer operation. Furthermore, the driving position is equipped with a seat that has a
presence sensor and a seat belt with a buckle sensor, to prevent the machine from being
started if the recommended safety measures have not been taken and to avoid any
inadvertent movement of it. Additionally, it has been equipped with an electronic negative
brake, which is automatically engaged when the dumper's engine is switched off to
prevent any movement whatsoever.
Finally, the new D301AHG all-terrain dumper has an extensive range of optional
accessories, so the machine can be customised to meet each customer's requirements.
These include the AUSAnow fleet manager and lighting equipment