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No going back for JCB ‘superfan’


JCB plant fanatic Christopher McLaughlin adds new Hydradig 100W Wastemaster to Macwill Services’ fleet

A PLANT fanatic who used to write to the chairman of JCB as a teenager now has his own successful quarrying business and has just added a brand new JCB Hydradig 110W Wastemaster to his fleet.

It has been purchased by landfill and quarrying company Macwill Services, of Newtownabbey, near Belfast. Owner Christopher McLaughlin is a self-confessed JCB ‘superfan’, refurbishing more than 30 JCB machines during his career, and even having a spell working in the factory at JCB’s World HQ in Staffordshire in his late teens.

The new machine is the first of the latest JCB Hydradig models to touch down on Northern Irish soil and boasts an enhanced cab to improve the operator experience, boost productivity and further reduce ownership costs.

Supplied by dealer Dennison JCB, the new Hydradig is being put to use on a range of applications on Macwill Services’ landfill site, quarry and farm estate, which, as it is self-contained, has been able to continue operating during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mr McLaughlin said: ‘I’ve been a JCB fan all my life – some people are fans of Manchester United, I’m a fan of JCB. I’m a JCB nerd and proud of it. My first JCB machine I bought because it was JCB, a second hand 3C Mark 2 which I refurbed and sold on. I’ve refurbished over 30 JCBs over the years.

‘I’ve always been interested in and impressed by the Bamford family and the confidence they have in their products. I like that JCB is family-run, like us. I used to write to Lord Bamford when I was 12 or 13 years old and was invited to the factory for a visit. I was also lucky enough to meet Mr JCB twice in my life and have his autograph on display in my office. We’ve always been treated very well by JCB.

‘We bought the new Hydradig as an all-rounder for doing lots of different jobs. The array of compatible attachments replaces labour and saves time and money on additional machinery. The machine has been slogging its guts out brilliantly – particularly on the landfill site.

‘Even as massive JCB fan we did evaluate competitors’ equipment as I always like to make an informed decision, but there’s nothing else like it on the market. The comfort and ease of operation is superb and once you have made the switch you won’t go back.

The new JCB Hydradig Wastemaster model joins an extensive fleet of JCB machinery ranging from a 1970s JCB 3D Mk 3 backhoe loader and classic JCB 805B Turbo excavator through to modern day Loadall telescopic handlers and backhoe loaders.

The JCB Hydradig was first introduced as a ground-breaking digging, lifting, loading and tool-carrying machine for urban construction, highway maintenance and municipal operations, but has since found favour in numerous additional roles.

Key features of the machine include low centre of gravity to allow stable lifting and excellent travel speeds up to 40km/h between job sites, all-wheel steer for maximum urban usability, and ground-level access to all maintenance points.

The redesigned cab on the brand-new Hydradig offers improved forward visibility, which is proving highly beneficial when powering the tiltrotator and wide range of attachments used across Macwill’s site, including a road sweeper, trailer forks and a strimmer.

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