Northern Irish waste management business McKinstry Skip Hire now runs a 14-strong fleet of JCBs, all supplied by dealer BC Plant. The latest additions include a 437 wheeled loading shovel, two Wastemaster Loadalls and a JS131 tracked excavator.
Among the features on JCB machines that are highlighted by McKinstry are the maintenance-free solid tyres, reversing cameras and ground clearance that allows machines to drive over waste.
Another acquisition was a JS20MH materials handler. Commingled waste received by Mc-Kinstry is loaded into a shredder, using the JS20 to give a consistent size. With this excavator, which has a 20.7-tonne maximum operating weight, the operator has greater visibility over high piles of waste from a raised cab.
Seven JCB machines work at McKinstry’s main site in Nutts Corner, where it has made significant investments in its MRF.
The company is also keen to keep the fleet operating at optimum productivity by not racking up the hours. It has a new programme to replenish the JCB machines after 2,500 hours of use, adding that some of its machines can have up to 7,000 hours on them.