It's plainly a day for substantial orders. Following the earlier announcement of the Sinoboom/Balloo megadeal, we learn that Fraser Tool Hire of Hamilton, Scotland, has just bought its 200th JCB excavator.

The company achieved this milestone with the acquisition of a JCB 86C-2 midi excavator. The 8.6 tonne machine joins more than 150 existing JCB excavators in the fleet. With models ranging from micros to 10-tonne midi excavators. Fraser Tool Hire has invested over £8 million in JCB excavators alone since it was founded in 1983, all supplied by dealer Scot JCB.

Fraser Tool Hire Managing Director, Colin Fraser, said: “Fraser Tool Hire would not be in business today if we did not have the solid customer base we have. Providing the right equipment at the right price, in the right condition, maintains repeat business. With our extensive fleet of JCB machines, along with the sterling back-up from Scot JCB, we can provide the service our customers expect."

JCB’s 8-10 tonne midi excavator models have been updated to meet Stage V emissions regulations. Key features include: a Kohler diesel engine, new electro proportional control joysticks, programmable high and low flow hydraulics and improved front windscreen visibility. Power outputs are unchanged and engine auto-stop and a one-touch idle feature have been incorporated as standard, to reduce fuel consumption and cut emissions.

Established in 1983 by Colin and his father, Ronald Fraser, Fraser Tool Hire is a tool and plant specialist operating across Scotland from its two-acre site. Meeting the needs of all kinds of organisations, the company boasts over 600 pieces of plant machinery – the vast majority of which are JCB.