Now in its 40th year of business, longstanding South Yorkshire based aggregate quarry, CATPLANT, has started the celebrations early with an investment in a Cat® D9T Dozer from exclusive Caterpillar® dealer, Finning UK and Ireland. The machine is customised with photos of old machines and other happy memories as a thank you for its staff’s hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The family-run quarry has been working with Finning since day one and now has more than 30 Cat machines in its fleet; from compactors and 90-tonne excavators through to several mini-diggers. When the chance to purchase the D9T, a rental model that was rebuilt through the Response, Repair and Rebuild department at Finning came up, Ronnie Harrod, managing director of CATPLANT, jumped at the opportunity.
The Cat D9T, which is custom wrapped with a collage of pictures, has a reputation for outstanding productivity, operator comfort and reliability. It is a highly versatile machine with a legacy of superior performance, ease-of-operation and long life. The D9T is built to be rebuilt, making it not unusual for them to log more than 100,000 hours.
Alongside the D9T, CATPLANT has also invested in the brand new D6 XE Dozer, the world’s first high-drive electric-drive dozer to put to work creating new batters for the landfill in the quarry. The D6 XE boasts up to 35 per cent better fuel efficiency than previous models, with class-leading maneuverability and power, increasing agility and enabling faster cycle times.
“This will be the second time that we’ve had a machine customised, with our first being done to mark the passing of the founder of CATPLANT,” said Ronnie. “Commemorative machines are special to us, and we’re always keen to use high-performance technology, so the new customised D9T is an excellent way to thank our team, who have gone above and beyond this year to adapt and get the work done in the middle of a global pandemic.
“Both the D9T and the D6 XE will be great additions to the fleet due to their long-term value and durability, and we look forward to seeing how these machines fit in and strengthen the backbone of our already successful operations,” added Ronnie.
“Ronnie and the team at CATPLANT have been valued customers of Finning from day one of the company’s operations,” said Ben Jarzyna, Product Support Account Manager at Finning. “The company has changed over the years, but quickly adopting technology has kept it at the forefront of the industry. Wrapping the technology that’s helped the team to be so successful is a perfect way to celebrate the 40th anniversary.”
The investment into both the D9T and the D6 XE shows that CATPLANT are using a broad range of technology to enable the highest level of efficiency throughout both the quarry and landfill sections of the site, making the most of their equipment investment. More details on the Cat D9T and D6 XE can be found on the Finning website.