A leading North-West plant hirer has invested in 20 powerful new JCB 3CX PRO backhoe loaders – hailing the latest model as ‘the best backhoe loader available’.

Manchester-based H&C Plant Hire operates siteMASTERS Nationwide Hire which is dedicated to providing JCB 3CX Sitemaster backhoe loaders for rental across the UK. This new delivery of JCB 3CX Pro models has completely replaced earlier machines in a total fleet refresh.

Central to the decision to purchase the new machines is their ability to road to and from jobs without the need for additional transport.

H&C Plant Hire’s Director, Lee Barlow, said: “We buy JCB 3CX backhoe loaders because they are the best backhoe loaders available. It’s as simple as that. They’re powerful, versatile and perfect for the jobs we need them for.

“As a hire company we like that you can drive to the job and back and you don’t have to pay for haulage. The machines are used on local authority projects, and they can do anything. Our operators are very happy and find the new 3CX PRO machines more powerful than ever.”

Supplied by dealer Gunn JCB, the new models – which include standard and Advance Easy Control machines – will be put to work with local authorities and long-term hire contracts throughout the North-West.

The top of the range 3CX PRO features ECOROAD, JCB’s new 6-speed Autoshift transmission which reduces travel times between sites by up to 25% and saves up to 15% fuel.

H&C Plant Hire has been supplying operated plant & equipment throughout the North-West of England for over 3 decades.

Alongside siteMASTER Nationwide Hire, it is part of the Westgate Group and operates from two locations; Bredbury near Stockport and Levenshulme, Manchester – both with fully equipped workshops and the bases for its mobile plant engineers.