A Scottish plant hirer has hailed its new 10-tonne JCB 100C-1 excavator as the optimum combination of size and power – perfectly bridging the gap between 8 and 13-tonne models – to fill a profitable niche in the market for hire firms.

JCB. A Scott Plant Hire. 100C-1

A Scott Plant Hire of Stonehaven near Aberdeen, has purchased the machine having recognised the opportunity to target projects requiring the compact size of a midi excavator but with the powerful performance and longer reach traditionally delivered by larger excavators.

The JCB machine was chosen with Groundworker specification – which includes eco power mode, heated air-suspension seat, air conditioning, auxiliary hydraulics and LED work lights – and was bought to replace an earlier JCB 8085 midi excavator in the fleet. It has already been put to work on the company’s diverse range of contracts which include: service work for major utilities, civil engineering and housebuilding companies along with agricultural and forestry work for customers in the region.

Owner and operator, Allan Scott said: “My 8-tonne JCB 8085 was a really good digger but the I’m delighted with the switch to the 100C-1 which is a fantastic machine. It gives me excellent visibility and exceptional lifting performance along with the greater power and stability.

“I’m one of the first hirers to introduce a 10-tonne machine in the area and it has opened up a real niche – helping customers with heavy-duty applications in tight spaces.

“In terms of support, I have a great relationship with my dealer Scot JCB in Aberdeen. They deliver a good, reliable service whether its parts or engineering backup I need.”

The 10-tonne JCB 100C-1 is based on the frame of JCB’s successful 8.6 tonne 86C-1 midi machine, but with a more powerful engine, larger dig end and increased hydraulic capacity to boost performance.

It shares the striking new JCB midi appearance, along with a revised H-design undercarriage and a powerful JCB Diesel by Kohler Tier 4 Final engine that delivers increased efficiency and lower operating costs for the customer.

Among the key features of the JCB 100C-1 are: increased productivity compared to a conventional A-frame excavator, 30º tilting cab for excellent service access, a spacious operator cab with excellent all-round visibility and100% steel bodywork for superior durability. It also incorporates JCB’s 2Go hydraulic safety system, seen on the company’s larger JS excavators.