Five Cat 320EL Hydraulic Excavators for Blackwood Plant Hire



Ayrshire-based Blackwood Plant Hire, one of Scotland’s biggest plant hirers, has taken delivery of five new Cat® 320EL Hydraulic Excavators from Finning to meet customer demand.

The CatC6.6 ACERT™ powered 320EL Hydraulic Excavators will join five other Cat 320ELs that were ordered last year, to meet the increased demand from its customers who have benefited from the fuel saving features that the Cat 320EL boasts. The new order will increase Blackwood Plant Hire’s fleet to twenty-one Cat machines.

Commenting on the purchase, Tom Blackwood, owner of Blackwood Plant Hire said, “We initially ordered five Cat 320ELs last year and feedback from our customers highlighted how well the machine performs in terms of both economy and productivity. It’s important that we’re able to offer our customers end-to-end equipment solutions that meet business and operational needs, so with the order of five more Cat 320ELs, we’re able to carry on providing machinery to our customers that helps them to save money.

“Our customers are interested in economic performance and how easy the equipment is to use, so they look to us to provide value added opportunities. Each machine will benefit from the condition monitoring solution Finsight, which will allow our customers to benefit from Finning’s back-up support and minimise machine downtime.”

Finsight, the proactive repair analysis tool from Finning, is manned by a team of dedicated advisors who will constantly monitor the five Cat 320ELs to analyse performance. This also includes monitoring fuel consumption, idle and operational time and live diagnostic alerts, which can identify any potential issues that may affect the performance of the machine.

Alistair Murdoch, Finning Key Account Manager said, “Having established a solid working relationship with Blackwood Plant Hire, it is very promising to see the impact the Cat machines have had on their customers and operators.

“Running costs for any machine can be quite high, so we have to understand the customer’s requirements before we can recommend a solution. The Cat 320EL meets the needs of Blackwood Plant Hire customers as it’s equipped to meet Stage IIIB emission standards, which generates more power and uses far less fuel than the previous engine did.”