The models bought include a JCB Hydradig, JS131 and JS220 tracked excavators, JS145W, JS160W and JS200W wheeled excavators and eight-tonne zero-tailswing 85Z-1 midi excavators. All machines have been supplied by dealer Gunn JCB.
The family-owned hire firm has a long history with JCB. It was founded as RAJ Mechanisations Ltd by the late Bob Jones in 1961 as a JCB dealer. JCB founder Joe Bamford personally delivered the first JCB 7 crawler excavator that the company ordered in 1964.
Led by Bob’s son, Tim Jones, the company changed course in 1977 to become a plant hirer. Today the third generation is at the helm. Tim’s sons Stuart and Rob Jones are managing director and director respectively.
Stuart Jones said of the latest purchase: “We have a long and proud history with JCB and Ridgway Rentals has a strong commitment to supporting British business. The service and support we receive from Gunn JCB is also a key factor in our decision to choose JCB. This latest investment sees us strengthen our excavator fleet with high spec JCB models which are always well built and provide good value. Many of the new excavators do not require ad blue and the JCB LiveLink system is extremely useful – enabling us to accurately monitor our fleet’s performance and schedule servicing efficiently.
“The new JCB models look great and are fitted with a range of options including LED lights, durable paint work and sun visors and come with a series of attachments including hammers, shears and tilt rotators – meaning these machines are well-equipped for the full range of industries we serve.”