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 New machines? What are the fuel economics!

New machines? What are the fuel economics!

30 May 2014 Email this article

Anyone cynical about whether new machines really do help businesses boost the bottom line may be interested in some calculations from a Scottish-based construction firm.

Dumfries-based AMD Contract Services purchased JCB JS130, JS145, JS220 and JS290 tracked excavators, which all have the new JCB Ecomax fuel-efficient engine. To test the machines’ efficiency it carried out tests against a 2010 JCB equivalent. On exactly the same heavy-duty applications, the new machine used six litres less fuel per hour.

Discussing their findings, AMD director Fraser Dykes said: “The fuel economy on the new machines is incredible – up to six litres per hour when compared to previous models. We are saving approximately £4 per machine, per hour. For our contracts division, which could typically complete 2500 hours per annum, that’s a saving on fuel of £10,000 in a year.”