Dumfries-based AMD Contract Services has purchased JCB JS130, JS145, JS220 and JS290 tracked excavators, which all have the new JCB Ecomax engine.
It carried out tests to compare the new JS220 against a 2010 JCB equivalent. On exactly the same heavy-duty application, the new machine used six litres less fuel per hour – a trend which it sees mirrored across the fleet.
AMD director Fraser Dykes said: “The fuel economy on the new machines is incredible – up to six litres per hour when compared to previous models. We are saving approximately £4 per machine per hour. For our contracts division, which could typically complete 2500 hours per annum, that’s a saving on fuel of £10,000 in a year. It’s also a great sales message for our plant hire business – that customers could save so much on fuel when they select machines from us.”
The machines are already in use on a range of construction, groundworks and forestry projects, including a wind farm construction project in the Scottish Borders for Galeforce and a forestry road formation project on the west coast near Inverary