The £27m deal is a big boost for JCB factories and covers micro, mini and midi excavators and 240 Loadall telescopic handlers.
Delivery of the new fleet to the hirer’s extensive UK depot network begins this month through JCB dealer Greenshields JCB.
The latest deal comes on the back of 550 machines ordered by A-Plant last year – and means the company has now bought 7,500 machines in a trading relationship with JCB stretching back 25 years.
Director – Purchasing and Fleet Management for A-Plant, Andrew Winlow, said: “A-Plant is committed to offering its customers the newest, most productive, innovative and fuel-efficient machines on the market, and this order fulfils that promise.
“With the Loadalls powered by the innovative Ecomax engine,customers will use less fuel and A-Plant won’t be faced with the expense of maintaining diesel particulate filters or the addition of Ad Blu to the engine.”
JCB CEO Alan Blake said: “It is a huge vote of confidence not only in the quality, reliability and fuel efficiency of JCB’s products, but also in the UK hire market.”
Among the machines ordered are one-tonne class JCB 8016 and 8018 mini excavators, which have just gone into production following their international launch at the Bauma construction equipment trade fair in Munich.
The machines feature more than 30 improvements including and 11% increase in dig depth.
Amongst A-Plant’s new fleet are Loadall telescopic handlers powered by JCB’s fuel efficient Ecomax engine.
Developed to meet the EU Stage IIIB/US Tier 4 Interim emissions standards, the JCB Ecomax Tier 4i does away with the need for costly diesel particulate filters or exhaust after treatment fluids.
JCB says it is the world’s cleanest and most efficient off-highway engine and means its telehandlers use 7% less fuel than outgoing models.