Kelston Sparkes Purchase First Fleet Of New Cat 730c Articulated Trucks



Leading south west contractor Kelston Sparkes has purchased 3 new Cat® 730C articulated trucks, being the first customer in the UK to purchase the recently launched machines.

Having previously purchased their first Cat 740A and Cat 725A series machines in 2006, the recent purchase represents a major vote of confidence for the newly launched Cat 730C, that boasts higher productivity and lower cost.

Commenting on the deal, Kelston Sparkes partner, Rob Stark, said: “The Finning team introduced us to the latest Cat 730C at a demonstration event at the Peterlee factory proving ground, where we were able to see the equipment in action and test it for ourselves. As a main contractor we are interested in productivity, safety and fuel efficiency. We had a choice between the new Cat 725C and the Cat 730C for the applications we work in and felt that the 16% productivity differential with the new Cat 730C was a real selling point.”

“The truck also has an automatic retarder and the change in transmission makes the operation a lot smoother. We compared the difference between the new unit and other competitor products and felt that Caterpillar had really made some inroads with the new machine. It has been significantly improved when compared to previous models and for us as contractors we were really pleased that both Finning and Caterpillar showed an interest and understanding of our business needs.

“There is nothing like enthusiasm to sell a good product and with the Finsight solution that we have also gone for, we feel confident in running the machines. We are also safe in the knowledge that one of the team at Finning is monitoring the performance of the whole fleet as it is essential we achieve the higher productivity capable with the Cat 730C”

Kelston Sparkes will take delivery of the UK’s first Cat 730C fleet in March 2014.

Adding to the comments from Rob, Key account manager for Finning, Darren Bodio said: “The Cat 730C and sister model Cat 725C are game changers for us at Finning. We now have a product that is a leader in the industry and focused on the needs of our customer. It is made in the UK, designed and manufactured at Peterlee and has benefited from Finning customer input throughout its creation. This means we have a machine that is focused on meeting the needs of UK customers, comfortable for the operators and perfect for the jobsite.”

Launched in January 2014 the new Cat 730C and Cat 725C are now available to UK customers.