The company also purchased seven JCB tracked excavators - one JS130, two JS160, three JS220 and a JS260 model - in the same deal. These will be used for earthmoving, demolition and general works by the Owen Pugh Contracts team.
The quarry provides a range of primary and recycled construction aggregates, including type 1 sub-base, pipe beddings and clean stone that supply markets throughout the north east of England.
Andy Mountford, general manager at Owen Pugh Aggregates, said: “The two new loading shovels at Marsden Quarry have directly replaced longstanding JCB equipment which has performed admirably for us over the years. We’re already seeing a positive impact on productivity as a result of the new machines, and as they boast fuel-efficient Tier 4i engines, we expect that over time we’ll see a positive impact on fuel costs too.”
Paul Cockburn, general manager of Owen Pugh & Co Ltd, who oversaw the purchase of the new plant machinery, added: “ It’s important for us to work with recognised leading industry brands which our customers know and trust. The excellent customer service and the parts and service back-up from Scot JCB also played a key part in our decision.”
The JCB 457 wheeled loading shovels are powered by an 8.9 litre engine delivering 186kW of power, an increase of 16% on the previous model. With a variable geometry turbocharger, high-pressure common rail fuel injection and a diesel oxidation catalyst with diesel particulate filter (DPF), this engine also provides an 18% increase in torque while meeting requirements of the EU Stage IIIB (EPA Tier 4 Interim) emissions regulations.