Hunter Plant Hire Purchases New Bobcat Mini-Excavators



Includes First Bobcat E57W wheeled minis in UK rental equipment industry

North London-based Hunter Plant Hire Ltd has purchased the company’s first Bobcat mini-excavators. The new order for 12 Bobcat machines includes two E57W 6 tonne wheeled mini-excavators, the first in the UK equipment rental industry. The balance of the order comprises Bobcat E17 1.7 tonne, E27z 2.8 tonne, E45 4.8 tonne and E85 8.6 tonne units.  

From the company’s excellent location on the busy North Circular Road, Hunter Plant Hire can quickly deliver machines and other equipment to sites in London, South East England and far beyond. In fact, Hunter Plant Hire serves all of the UK market, covering projects throughout the country in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Increased Focus on Compact Plant Hire

Liam O’Malley, a Director at Hunter Plant Hire, commented:“Following a very busy period over the last two years, serving the heavy equipment market, the purchase of the new Bobcat mini-excavators represents a renewed focus on serving the compact rental market. 

“The decision to purchase Bobcat mini-excavators was based on our excellent experience with them on cross-hires, their impressive resale values and the package put together for us by Alan Sams, the UK Sales Manager at Bobcat.”

The E57W mini-excavators at Hunter Plant Hire have the optional double tyre configuration and are powered by a Bobcat D24 diesel engine delivering 42.5 kW (57 HP) of power. 

The E57Ws offer enhanced hydraulic performance and, like all the other Bobcat machines in the order, have double acting breaker lines. In common with the E85 mini-excavators, the E57Ws also have rotation piping for a second auxiliary hydraulic line, air condtioniing, auto idle, a refuelling pump and a key code immobilisation system.   

Liam O’Malley said: “The E57Ws are perfect for finishing work on new surfaces. It can be anywhere from new housing developments for work between properties to work on grass verges at the side of roads. Another important benefit is mobility, with the possibility of rapid transport on the road between different workplaces. With no need for a trailer or a vehicle to tow it, the E57W can negotiate narrow streets and other city centre spaces, where a truck and trailor cannot access.”

All of the new Bobcat mini-excavators are equipped with flashing beacons and green seatbelt lights. In addition, the 1.7 to 4.8 tonne machines are long arm versions with keyless ignition. The E17 and E27z mini-excavators have been supplied with manual hitches and four Geith buckets, whiie each of the larger machines have hydraulic hitches and four Geith buckets.

Nationwide Hire Service

Established in 2000, Hunter Plant Hire ( provides a nationwide service supplying machines to customers from its fleet covering a wide choice of tracked and wheeled machines including excavators, dump trucks, dozers, loading shovels and much more from 1 to 70 tonne. Operator hire forms a large proportion of this business, accounting for around 90% of the company’s turnover.  

Liam O’Malley added: “We have machines as far away as Aberdeen in the north of Scotland. The company has supplied machines to some of the largest projects in the UK, including the Olympic Park in Stratford for the London 2012 Olympics Games, Crossrail, Europe’s largest civil engineering project and the huge new HS2 rail project.”

With London’s low emissions zone in mind, Hunter Plant Hire has positioned itself as a leader in supplying environmentally friendly machines meeting the latest standards in low emission technology.

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