Newly formed JC Mac has signed a distribution deal with Turkish construction machinery manufacturer Çukurova Group and is looking for a handful of dealers to sell its backhoe loaders and crawler excavators under the JC Mac brand.
JC Mac has been set up by 23-year-old Joshua McNally on a farm in Earlswood, Warwickshire. He is assisted by the rather more experienced Liam O’Connor as his sales director. They have a target of selling 10 units in the first year.
The first machine available from them is the JC Mac 888 backhoe loader, powered by a Perkins engine. Two further backhoe models are expected in due course, with excavators following on in 2019.
The JC Mac 888 received a less than flattering review in the latest issue of Earthmovers magazine from veteran plant journalist Geoff Ashcroft, who described it as “quirky”.
He writes: “I had to work at it to get an accomplished performance out of the front end, as the machine’s hydraulic performance didn’t feel to be as seamless and variable as a flow-sharing system should have been”.
But he concludes that “if it is cheap enough, it will sell”, and suggests it is likely to be priced 15% below the established players like JCB.
“It is still early days for Construction Plant Finance and we are obviously thrilled to partner with JC Mac Ltd through the provision of a fully branded sales-aid program,” said Steve Moody of Construction Plant Finance. “We will also be assisting them in sourcing a nationwide network of dealers.”
JC Mac is not the only company offering Turkish construction machinery to the UK market. TJC Plant Group and R Bunton are dealers for Hidromek, with which they have had some successes.