The Malcolm Group has taken delivery of 29 new JCB machines – including the first Stage V 457 wheeled loading shovel in Scotland.

The Linwood-based logistics and construction services specialist has purchased the JCB 457 along with a fleet of other JCB models – which are all now working following the Covid-19 lockdown. As well as the JCB 457, the latest additions to the Malcolm Group fleet include 131X and 220X tracked excavators, backhoe loader, Teletruk, Loadall telescopic handler and wheeled excavator models.

Supplied by dealer Scot JCB, the new Stage V 457 will be used on a range of site works including housing, industrial, school construction, various Scottish Water projects and ongoing windfarm builds. The model has been updated to meet the upcoming EU Stage V emissions legislation. The move from the previous MTU engine to Cummins brings an increase in overall engine power, from 192kW (258hp) to 210kW (282hp). 

The purchase of the 13 tonne 131X Series models marks one of the single largest orders for the new machine since it was launched last year. The JCB 131X is aimed squarely at ground working specialists and is more productive, durable, quieter, more comfortable and easier to use than its predecessors. Malcolm Group has already put the machines to work on projects including drainage, foundation digging and road building.