Gloucestershire plant hirer Rocket Rentals has invested in a fleet of 46 new JCB machines in a deal worth over £1.8 million – driven by a greater demand for DIY and home improvement rentals since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Supplied by dealer Holt JCB, the Dursley-based firm has bought a range of JCB models including 6-tonne site dumpers, CT260 tandem rollers and a fleet of 18Z-1, 57C-2 and 86C-2 compact excavators.

Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic over the last 12 months, Rocket Rentals has recognised the importance of ongoing investment.
Rocket Rentals Managing Director, Simon Tomblin said: “There is no question the industry has been hit hard by the impact of Covid-19 but we still feel it is crucial to invest in a big way to ensure we remain at the forefront with the latest equipment. In fact, Covid has provided a real wake-up call – that you cannot stand still or you inevitably end up going backwards.

“While obviously a challenging period for the industry, furlough and a reduction in holidays has brought a greater demand for DIY and home improvement related rentals. Recent events have also reinforced our desire to buy British whenever possible and the first lockdown taught us the true importance of supporting your own economy.

When you think of British equipment you think of JCB and with finance and insurance all available from one place it really does make it an easy and sensible choice. The support from Holt JCB also continues to be excellent.

“The latest equipment purchased has made an instant impact as everyone loves the new machines. The 86C-2 midi excavators in particular have been a hit with the new cab and larger display on the Dash 2 series excavators taking the machines to the next level.

“The LiveLink telematics system is another massive bonus with JCB. We really maximise all its features and it proves an excellent fleet management tool – both in terms of monitoring machine performance and service requirements but also ensuring our equipment is where is should be. The need to remain on top of things at all times has been accentuated during the recent restrictions.”

Founded in 2003, Rocket Rentals is a family–run business which boasts an extensive fleet of machines for hire across Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Its machine line-up includes 1-20 tonne excavators, compact excavators, site dumpers, rollers, telescopic handlers, attachments, bunded bowsers, generators and skid steers.