GAP Hire Solutions, one of the world’s largest fleet customers for Kubota mini excavators, has shown its intent to continue to offer its customers market leading machinery innovation by purchasing over 100 new Kubota KX027-4 excavators in 2017. Kubota is now GAP’s sole supplier of excavators up to 8 tonne. The Glasgow based hire company employs more than 1,700 people across 140 depots in the UK, with the latest KX027-4s model bolstering the company’s fleet throughout the country.
Ken Stewart, Head of Procurement at GAP Hire Solutions, said: “With the increased amount of regeneration in urban areas across the UK, the demand in the market for a quality three tonne excavator is at record levels. Kubota’s KX027-4 certainly delivers for our customers. Like all Kubota machines, the product is reliable, delivers high performance, comfortable to operate and holds value. “Customer feedback on the KX027-4 model has been really positive, so investing in 100 machines throughout the year has made perfect business sense, with the new eight tonne KX080-4 also proving popular.
“We now have in excess of 4,000 Kubota machines stationed in our depots across the UK, which highlights not only the value in which we hold the machines themselves, but also Kubota’s presence as a brand and our business relationship. To have a supplier that supports us in the way Kubota does is fantastic, whilst the reliability of the machines ensures we can carry out day-to-day business without the worry of significant machinery downtime.”
An ideal product for GAP’s hire fleet, Kubota introduced the KX027-4 to the market at EHS 2017. From a rugged Kubota-built engine and powerful digging force through to biggest cab in its class, the KX027-4 ensures the machine’s productivity far exceeds that of its competitors whilst also offering maximum comfort.
The 2.6 tonne excavator, its weight meaning the machine is ideally suited to customers who need to tow the machines around, is available in two models. The standard KX027-4 model is perfect for general excavation jobs, whilst the high-spec model utilises AUX oil flow with proportional flow control and Auto shift for even greater versatility and performance to meet the needs of any job.
Dave Roberts, Managing Director of Kubota, concluded: “It’s been great to see the success of the excavator we launched to market within the last 12 months, particularly with a key customer such as GAP. The fact that GAP Hire Solutions is now one of Kubota’s largest and long-term construction customers worldwide says everything about the strength of its business and our partnership.”