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Covid-19 Coronavirus – We are open!

After all the disruption caused by the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic I wanted to assure you that Didcot Plant is open for business and here for all your hiring needs.

There are, however, some practices and restrictions that we are following in the face of Coronavirus Covid-19.

Read our Covid-19 news article for full details »

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Thwaites Dumper in front of the Didcot Plant sign in the yardAfter all the disruption caused by the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic I wanted to assure you that Didcot Plant is open for business and here for all your hiring needs.

There are, however, some practices and restrictions that we are following in the face of Coronavirus Covid-19. This article is to give you the heads up about those and how we are currently operating.

With regard to orders our delivery service is operating as normal, but if you are looking to collect hire items from our depot please observe the following practices:

  • Pre-order via telephone prior to arrival
  • Maintain the recommended distance of 2m from DP staff and other customers at all times
  • If collecting weighty items be prepared to load your vehicle unassisted by DP staff (unless your vehicle allows us to load you with our forklift)
  • We are not collecting signatures for equipment but rather taking photographic proof of delivery

Please note: point three above also applies for depot returns.

Currently the following items are only being delivered/collected and are not available for depot collection/return:

  • Tower scaffold
  • Heras fence
  • Pedestrian barrier
  • Chapter 8 barrier
  • Genie lift
  • Trestles
  • Scaffold boards
  • Acrow props

Thank you for observing all of the above and for helping us to stay healthy and stay open.

New 3.0t Digger

New Kubota KX030-4 3.0t Mini ExcavatorIn time for spring we’ve added another Kubota KX030-4 3.0t mini excavator to our fleet.

Replacing Kubota’s KX71-3 model, the KX030 is proving just as popular and it’s easy to see why. As well as offering Kubota’s world-renowned combination of power and performance, the KX030-4 boasts the biggest, most comfortable cab in its class, providing excellent visibility thanks to the expansive glazing.

The KX030-4 utilises Kubota’s excellent chip-key anti-theft system. This system makes each individual machine impossible to start without its dedicated key and almost eliminates entirely the risk of theft.

The KX030-4 is just 1500mm wide, 2420mm high and can dig to a depth of 2870mm.

Check out the Kubota KX030-4 3.0t mini excavator in our hire catalogue »

Stihl TS410 Disc Cutters

The range of Stihl TS410 Disc Cutters available from Didcot PlantThe Stihl TS410 disc cutter is, in many people’s opinion (including ours), the Rolls Royce of petrol disc cutters and in 2019 we made sure we always had plenty of supply by adding ten new ones to our hire fleet.


New Kubota Model Joins Fleet

The 1.6t Kubota U17-3a 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.

Both our drum floor sanders and our edge sanders have been brought bang up to date with the latest products from Hiretech.

HireTech HT8 Drum Floor SanderThe HT8 Drum floor sander is a 200mm (8″) high performance drum floor sander with clamp bar sanding drum technology and are specified with the optional multi-speed control. The unique drum rubber resists abrasion and damage caused by exposed nails while providing the feel and touch needed to sand a fine, score free finish. Hiretech’s patented reversible clamp bar makes it easy for the user to fit abrasives, quickly and accurately. Completely self-contained with high efficiency dust pickup, the HT8 breaks down into three simple component parts for easy transport.


New Kubota KX057-4Bringing our fleet of 6 tonne excavators up to 13 our latest addition of a Kubota KX057-4 sees a first time investment in Kubota for this category.

Operators are well looked after with Kubota’s most luxurious cabin yet which features a wider entrance, generous legroom and a deluxe seat. Operation is greatly enhanced with more easy-to-use features, the new digital panel puts convenience at the operator’s fingertips. Featuring easier button operation, the user-friendly digital panel is positioned to the front right corner of the operator. This operator-facing wider display greatly improves visibility with easier access, simpler settings and easy-to-read indicators and alerts.

Equipped with Kubota’s industry-leading antitheft system, only programmed keys will enable the engine to start up, attempting to start with an un-programmed key will activate the alarm. Newly enhanced features include an alert to remind the operator to extract the key after operation, and an LED alert to prevent potential theft. All assure site security.

Versatility is greatly enhanced with two auxiliary circuits as standard and precise oil flow control. The KX057-4 also boasts upgraded digging and lifting power.

We look forward to hearing customer feedback on our latest acquisition.

To hire one of our Kubota KX057-4 go to the 6 tonne excavator listing in our hire catalogue »

New Lorry on the Road

Our new Scania P320 plant lorry, on order since last June, arrived today. With a plant body built to our exact specification in Yorkshire by Sterling and a gross capacity of 26,000kg, this state-of-the-art vehicle takes pride of place in our fleet.

Trio of Genies

To keep up with demand for the hugely popular Genie SLA-15 Superlift we added three more to our fleet in March.


The SLA-15 is a compact, portable material lift suitable for a variety of loads. It has a maximum lifting height of 4.46m (14’ 7”) and a lifting capacity of 363kg. For heavier lifts two or more can be combined.

To hire one of our Genie SLA-15 Superlift go to their listing in our hire catalogue »

Hinowa HS701 Skip Loading Tracked Mini Dumper

February’s arrival of three new Hinowa HS701 skip loading tracked mini dumpers increases our fleet to six.

The hugely popular Hinowa HS701 is a compact tracked mini dumper with very low ground pressure. Designed to easily pass through a garden gateway, it also feature a hi-tip mast lift for tipping into skips or onto flat-bed trailers. This combination makes the HS701 great for shifting dirt, sand and gravel from the front to the rear of a property.

For more details check out the Hinowa HS701 in our hire catalogue »

Excavator, dumper and roller showing the green flashing beacons

The requirement on many construction sites these days for green flashing beacons (signifying that the operator is wearing a seat belt) to be fitted to excavators, dumpers and rollers is becoming more and more prevalent. With this is mind we are taking measures to fit them to all of our machines.

So if you need a green seat belt beacon fitted just specify at the point of ordering.

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