“Following a test drive and demonstration period with the CHAP Plant & Transport team, the new Bobcat machine was agreed to provide great value for money”, declared Tom Burn, Plant & Transport Manager for CHAP Group, as he took delivery of one of the manufacturer’s new T40.180SLP 18m telehandlers. Tom was also full of praise for the service provided by local authorised Bobcat Dealer, Balgownie, and the livery team at Inspire Signs & Graphics.
One of Scotland’s leading privately-owned construction businesses, CHAP Group is based in Westhill, Aberdeenshire. Under Tom’s leadership, the company’ large in-house plant and transport fleet provides a vital supporting role to its four main operating divisions: construction, homes, quarries and civils. The portfolio of machinery extends from small hand tools to heavy quarry plant. The firm also owns two tower cranes of differing sizes and also operates a number of mole-ploughs that have been extensively used across the UK, predominantly ploughing in telecommunication cables.
All plant is replaced on a planned basis, ensuring the fleet is kept up to date and is reliable. Predominantly for internal use, CHAP Group’s plant is occasionally hired out for use by external customers. The new Bobcat telehandler will be based at the Summerhill site in the city of Aberdeen. This high-profile project on behalf of Aberdeen City Council will see the contractor construct 369 flats over a four-year period. According to CHAP, the new Bobcat 18m telehandler will prove invaluable on what is a large site across a range of different applications.
CHAP Group was founded in 1976 and is widely recognised as a market leader and major contributor to the construction sector of the North East of Scotland. The success of the company has largely been attributed to the hard work and loyalty of all its employees. The adoption of the motto ‘Raising the Standard’ starts at the very top of the Group and epitomises the contractor’s approach to client service and its commitment to its staff.
The T40.180SLP is the top-of-the-range model in the Bobcat range of 13 rigid frame telehandler models for construction/rental markets covering maximum lifting capacities between 2.6 and 4.3 tonne with lifting heights from 6 to 18m. All the manufacturer‘s telehandlers are backed by a three year/3,000-hour warranty as standard with the option of extending the warranty to five years/6,000 hours.
Bobcat telehandlers incorporate several standard features, such as an automatic parking brake with an intuitive operation similar to those used in the automotive industry, providing greater safety and control.
The ECO fuel saving system is actuated simply by pressing a button on the dashboard and maintains optimum hydraulic performance without using the engine’s full power, adjusting the main machine features to produce a balance between top performance and providing the best performance/fuel consumption ratio. Construction companies and rental customers appreciate this feature for the additional fuel savings it provides, combined with the excellent lifting capacities on the telehandlers.
Balgownie is responsible for sales and servicing of the Bobcat range of telehandlers, mini-excavators, compact track and skid-steer loaders and attachments in the North of Scotland. Customers like CHAP Group benefit from an on-site service network, covering everything from emergency repairs to routine maintenance. Balgownie‘s factory-trained engineers have many years of hands-on experience of repairs and servicing of plant and machinery.
As well as covering existing contracts, Balgownie provides flexible service agreements, depending on the requirements of the customer. The company offers service and warranty work on all existing machines in its area, backed by a full selection of genuine accessories and parts. Balgownie also holds a stock of new and used Bobcat machines, to respond quickly to customers’ needs.