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Long reach JCBs mobilised for flood defence work

4 Dec 14 Specialist environmental contractor Land & Water has bought eight new JCB JS145 long reach excavators for work on marine engineering projects across the UK.

One of the excavators working on flood prevention schemes on the Somerset Levels
One of the excavators working on flood prevention schemes on the Somerset Levels

The machines have all been working in a variety of water-based applications, including flood prevention schemes on Somerset Levels on behalf of the Environment Agency.

The JS145 Long Reach models have been purpose built, with the base machine of a conventional 14.5-tonne JCB excavator fitted with a long reach boom for dredging applications.

Land & Water director Richard Maclean said: “We chose JCB for a number of factors. We are proud to support British manufacturer and the technical expertise from the JCB factory is superb. We always receive great support from our dealer Greenshields JCB and they were able to offer a machine with the exact specifications we were looking for.

“The geometry of the arm is first class – providing good reach, excellent load over height and low transport position. We also like the fact that there is no diesel particulate filter, meaning the engines can be de-rated for export when the time comes to replace them. Operators like the cab environment which is light, spacious and very comfortable. We also particularly like the double safety isolating device.”

He added: “The machines are performing well and have been positively received in the field. Our customers also find them to be very frugal when it comes to fuel consumption.”

These new machines join six existing JCB excavators in the Land & Water fleet which is reckoned to be the UK’s largest fleet of specialist long reach excavators, dredging equipment and floating plant.

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