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MJ Barrett buys local by choosing JCB telehandlers

6 May 15 Structural steelwork and cladding contractor MJ Barrett Constructions has bought two new JCB Loadalls made just down the road from its Uttoxeter base.

It has expanded its telescopic handler fleet with the addition of the two JCB Loadall 535-140 Hi-Viz models in a deal worth around £115,000. The two were supplied by JCB dealer Gunn JCB and manufactured at JCB’s world HQ in Rocester.

MJ Barrett Constructions operations manager Paul Leadbetter said: “We’ve bought the two new machines due to a growing order book and to meet the additional capacity of work, erecting and cladding steel frame buildings. The 14m model is our standard machine for this type of work.

“We run a variety of telescopic handlers along with the two JCBs with baskets. Our chairman Malcolm Barrett struck the deal with Gunn JCB, as the latest JCB machines have a very good specification. And with JCB being just up the road it was an easy decision to make.”

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The models purchased can lift to a maximum of almost 14m and can handle loads of up to 3.5t.

The 535-14 Hi-Viz Loadall is powered by the JCB EcoMAX diesel engine. The Stage IIIB/Tier 4i engine provides 75hp (55kW) and a maximum travel speed of 29mph.

The MJ Barrett machines will be working mainly in steel erection and will not amass huge operating hours, so the company expects very strong residual values for the future. “We have our own engineers, but Gunn JCB will provide a maintenance package for these new machines,” said Leadbetter. “One of the telescopics will have a dedicated driver, but the other will be used by a number of our team. All of the operators like the JCBs.”

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