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GAP buys 91 Cat mini excavators

Scottish plant hire group GAP has bought 91 mini-excavators from Caterpillar dealer Finning.

The order is comprised of sixty Cat 302.5C units, thirty Cat 305D units and a single 428E backhoe loader.

GAP is a new customer for Finning, whose key account manager Alistair Murdoch described it as “a breakthrough deal”.

He said: “GAP is a major player in the plant hire market and have been a target customer for Finning for a considerable time. Having first sold just six machines to the business a few years ago, this deal represents a complete shift in the purchasing decisions from the team at GAP. Its customers will now have the choice of using Caterpillar equipment for the first time on a large scale. This in turn will expose more customers to the benefits of operating the Caterpillar mini excavator range.”

GAP co-owner Douglas Anderson said: “As a business we have traditionally purchased this type of equipment from other manufacturers. However it is credit to Finning that even with this history, they have continued to make new equipment available to us to test and benchmark against our current fleet.

“So when we were looking at renewing some of our mini excavator range we looked at the Cat 302.5C and Cat 305D mini excavator units and assessed their capabilities against our rigorous criteria. Key to the selection of the units was of course purchasing cost, but also operating cost and performance capability played an important role.”


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This article was published on 7 Feb 2012 (last updated on 7 Feb 2012).

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