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Save the Ground, Don’t Shred It

28th April 2022

These 2.4m x 1.2m Ground Protection Mats are perfect when you need to drive machinery or vehicles across soft or sensitive ground, especially lawns.

They are easily moved into position too, weighing in at 44kg, and are designed to handle a maximum bearing weight of 50 tons.

Check them out here in our hire catalogue: Ground Protection Mats

Five new U17s

31st March 2022

A new Kubota U17-3 mini excavator in the Didcot Plant forecourtIn the past seven days we have taken delivery of five new Kubota U17-3 mini excavators.

The 1.6t Kubota U17-3 is an ultra-short swing radius excavator with variable tracking and 2-speed travel. We’ve just added the first one to our hire fleet this week.

With the tracks drawn in the U17 measures just 990mm wide but once the tracks are extended to 1240mm the cab can be swung safe in the knowledge that the rear end won’t be colliding with anything close by, making it ideal for working in tight spaces or up against obstructions.

Check out the U17-3 here in our hire catalogue »

New Manitou Telehandler

4th March 2022

New Manitou Telehandler arriving at the yard at Didcot PlantDemand for the excellent Manitou MT 625 Telehandler is always high so last week we added another one to our fleet.

The Manitou MT 625 Telehandler is a compact and manoeuvrable 6.0m telescopic forklift. Its compact dimensions (1.8m width, 1.92m height) combined with a tight turning radius (3.3m) and three steering modes allow for easy navigation through congested areas and under restricted thresholds.

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Tracked Forklift Added to Our Range

21st February 2022
Side view of the Hinowa TP1600 tracked forklift

Side view of the Hinowa TP1600 tracked forklift

We are excited to announce the addition of an Hinowa TP1600 Tracked Forklift. The TP1600 offers a versatile solution to many lifting and shifting problems, especially where space and access is limited.

The Hinowa TP1600 has adjustable tracks (from 1240mm to 1800mm), a maximum lifting capacity of 1600kg and a maximum lifting height of 1775mm.

  • Engine: Honda 13hp electric start
  • Fuel: Unleaded petrol
  • Tank capacity: 6.5 litres
  • Weight: 1330kg
  • Length: 2199mm
  • Width: 1240mm (tracks in), 1800mm (tracks out)
  • Height: 1775mm (carriage lowered)
  • Max Lift Capacity: 1600kg
  • Max Lift Height: 1775mm
  • Speed: 1.5kmph-2.2kmph
  • Max Incline: 36%

Check out the TP1600 in our catalogue »

Changes to Red Diesel Rules

17th February 2022

A diesel pump at a garageFrom April 1st the government’s rules on the use of rebated red diesel are changing. From this date red diesel can only be used in vehicles, vessels and machinery in certain industries and situations.

These are:

  • For vehicles and machinery used in agriculture, horticulture, fish farming and forestry. This includes allowing vehicles used for agriculture to be used for cutting verges and hedges, snow clearance and gritting roads
  • To propel passenger, freight or maintenance vehicles designed to run on rail tracks
  • For heating and electricity generation in non-commercial premises – this includes the heating of homes and buildings such as places of worship, hospitals and townhalls; off-grid power generation; and non-propulsion uses on permanently-moored houseboats
  • For maintaining community amateur sports clubs as well as golf courses (including activities such as ground maintenance, and the heating and lighting of clubhouses, changing rooms etc.)
  • As fuel for all marine craft refuelling and operating in the UK (including fishing and water freight industries), except for propelling private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland
  • For powering the machinery (including caravans) of travelling fairs and circuses*

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Second 6″ Chipper Added to Fleet

30th November 2021

The second Timberwolf TW 160PH wood chipper at Didcot PlantWith the first Timberwolf TW 160PH proving such a success we just had to buy another one.

The TW 160PH is a hydraulic feed towable 6” wood chipper, fitted with a powerful 22hp Honda petrol engine and twin hydraulic feed rollers to handle branches to a maximum diameter of 152mm (6”).

Although it’s built with professionals in mind, the TW 160PH is also small enough and user friendly enough for non-trade use.

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Professional Tile Bench for Large Tiles

2nd November 2021

Rubi DCX-250 Expert Tile Saw for cutting of porcelain tilesWe are asked on a fairly regular basis for a saw that can handle bigger tiles and increasingly tiles made of porcelain so in October we added the Rubi DCX-250 Expert tile saw to our range.

The DCX-250 is a professional tile saw designed for the intensive cutting of porcelain, ceramic and marble tiles with a maximum cutting length of 1250mm. It can cut a tile up to 60mm thickness on one pass or up to 90mm thickness on two passes.

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Two New KX030s

28th September 2021

Two new Kubota KX030 mini excavators at Didcot PlantToday we have taken delivery of two new Kubota KX030-4 3.0t mini excavators.

The Kubota KX030-4 offers power, performance and driver comfort in a compact excavator.

It features a powerful and well-balanced arm and bucket and is fitted with Kubota’s own engine, built with the power to maximise digging performance. The spacious, expansively glazed and well appointed cab, which Kubota claim to be the biggest in its class, gives the operator a comfortable and safe working environment.

The KX030’s designers have also given good thought to maintenance by fitting a fully opening access door and hood to allow for quick and easy access to all inspection and maintenance areas.

Check out the KX030-4 in our catalogue »

Timberwolf 6″ Chipper Added to Hire Range

28th July 2021

Timberwolf TW 160PH 6" Towable Wood ChipperWe are pleased to announce the arrival of a new Timberwolf TW 160PH 6″ petrol chipper, the first time Didcot Plant has ever run a chipper of this size.

The Timberwolf TW 160PH is a hydraulic feed towable 6” wood chipper. It is fitted with a powerful 22hp Honda petrol engine and twin hydraulic feed rollers to handle branches to a maximum diameter of 152mm (6”).

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New Diggers Arrive

16th July 2021

Newly arrived in July are three new Kubota mini excavators, a U17 and two K008’s. And with demand as high as ever they haven’t arrived a moment too soon.

The U17 is a zero tail swing 1.5t mini with adjustable tracks (from 990mm to 1240mm). Even smaller on the mini digger scale is the K008, weighing in at just under the tonne and with tracks adjustable from 700mm to 860mm.

Check out both mini excavators in the Didcot Plant hire catalogue:

Kubota K008 1.0 tonne »

Kubota U17 1.5 tonne »