Muir of Ord contractor cements relationship with JCB



Contractor and plant hire firm D & I Bain has extended its 56-year business relationship with JCB with the purchase of a new tracked excavator.

The new JCB 150X HD joins a 1966 JCB 7 digger in the Muir of Ord-based company’s fleet.

D & I Bain bought its first JCB – a 3C Mark 1 – in 1964. More than 40 machines have since been purchased from the manufacturer.

The classic JCB 7 excavator model was purchased at auction before being lovingly restored and placed on display at D. & I. Bain’s headquarters. It is believed to be one of just seven models still in existence worldwide and features sealed for life track rollers, cab safety glass and boasts speed options of 1 or 2.25 mph. The machine, which is estimated to have clocked more than 10,000 hours can be demonstrated in full working order.

The latest X Series model was supplied by Scot JCB and is being used on a range of forestry and roadworks projects for local councils.

D & I Bain director Garry Bain said: “We wanted something heavier and ‘beefier’ than a 13-tonne machine but not as big as the 220X. The hydraulics in the 150X HD are very smooth. The cab is very well laid out and it’s very comfortable to operate. JCB machines fit the bill for us perfectly. They’re built in the UK, our local dealer is ten minutes down the road and they perform excellently on our type of work.”

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