Brett Concrete, part of the wider Brett Group, originally bought a JCB 427 shovel for handling concrete at its Royal Tunbridge Wells site. The company has been sufficiently impressed with the performance of the machine that it has now bought a second model to work at its Canterbury site.
Brett uses both machines to move fine and coarse aggregate from bays into steel bins and trucks as part of the concrete production process. Operating in short bursts each machine is going to be handling between 40,000 and 50,000 tonnes per year.
The latest machine has been specified with a narrow bucket and greater reach to enable even more effective loading of volumetric trucks. A bucket which is half the width of the truck ensures material can be loaded accurately to maximise the available space more efficiently.
Brett Concrete operations manager Aaron Bartram says: “We had not been impressed with the reliability and service from our previous manufacturers so we did a desktop evaluation of the models available in this category.
“Before making the decision we liaised closely with dealer Greenshields JCB and visited the JCB factory. We were incredibly impressed with the set-up, the commitment of the workforce and the build quality was clearly evident. It gave us complete confidence that JCB could deliver and made us proud to support a British manufacturer.”
Bartram says: “Since the first machine arrived both myself and the operators have been incredibly impressed. They are performing very well, are extremely comfortable and the fuel economy is excellent.”
He also likes the tech. “Another feature which is useful for us is the JCB LiveLink telematics system through which we can measure productivity, fuel consumption and manage our servicing requirements. “
The JCB 427 has a variable geometry turbocharger delivering improved machine response at low rpm and engine shutdown mode for enhanced fuel efficiency. It also incorporates an intelligent clutch cut-off system, automatic differential lock on the front axle and colour LCD monitor.