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Coles Plant upgrade with new Cat products

Digger Blogger | 12:32, Sun July 29 2012

Long term Caterpillar customers Coles Plant, based in Torrington, Devon, have recently added two new Cat machines to their comprehensive fleet.

John Coles Contractors have been in business throughout the UK since 1963, during this time they have built up a solid reputation, for providing a top quality service, with first class machinery. Coles preferred choice of machinery for dozers and excavators has primarily been models from the Caterpillar stable, and the company has once again returned to their local Finning dealership to add a new Caterpillar D6T XL track type tractor, and a Caterpillar 312E hydraulic excavator to the ranks.

Both machines were picked up from Finning UK’s headquarters in Cannock, and brought back to Devon by Coles Plants own low loaders, which include a Volvo 700 and a 610. The machines were quickly deployed to sites in the South West, with the 312E going to a site in Plymouth, and more recently the D6T XL, which has replaced an outgoing D6R model, has been assigned to a 100,000 cubic metre muckshift in Hooe Lake, on the outskirts of Plymouth, where a site is being prepared for a development which is starting imminently by Barratt Homes, and will see the company building 222 houses in a picturesque setting.

The D6T XL is powered by Cat’s C9.3 ACERT engine, which is EU stage IIIB emissions standard and produces a net flywheel horsepower of 205hp/153kw, the machine has an operating weight of 39106lbs/20937kg, and is fitted with an SU blade with a rated capacity of 6.94 yd3/ 5.31m3.

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Also joining the fleet and replacing an outgoing 312C model, is one of the latest E Series hydraulic excavators the 312E. Sadly no photos of the Coles model as yet, but here is an example of a 312E model I got to grips with in March this year, during an international press event held at Caterpillar UK’s Desford facility in Leicester.

You can find out more about that visit by clicking here.

Thanks for the photos in this post must go to Justin Gliddon from Coles Plant, who operates the new D6T XL. And to Matt Lugg for the side on view of the D6T.   


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