A strong surge in demand has led Civils & Construction Solutions, a Wigan-based specialist in civil engineering and groundworks, to order four CASE CX130E crawler excavators from local dealer Dennis Barnfield in a deal finalised at the UK CASE Roadshow event in Derbyshire.
Construction director Neil Barnes said: “We are having to hire in a lot of machines at present. We aim to own 80% and hire 20%, but we’re way off that at the moment. We are one of the busiest civils companies in the North-West right now.”
Civils & Construction Solutions operates a diverse fleet of 25 machines, ranging from 1.5-tonne to 35-tonne excavators, complemented by a road haulage fleet and various smaller equipment. Over the past 12 years, the company has invested over £1.5 million with CASE dealer Dennis Barnfield.
The company’s history with CASE goes back to 2018 when it bought two CASE CX145D short radius excavators in 2018. Impressed with the performance, it expanded its CASE fleet to include models up to the 35-tonne CASE CX350D and were the first in the UK to order a 9-tonne CASE CX90D Midi excavator. Now, the company is advancing with the purchase of its first CASE E-Series excavators, the four new CASE CX130Es.
The CASE CX130E, the smallest of the E-Series models, boasts many features of larger excavators. It is powered by an EU Stage V engine from FPT, offering a blend of power and productivity, with enhanced operator comfort and ease of use. “The cab on the E-Series machines is more roomy for our operators, with a better and larger control panel screen, but they’ve always been a top-notch machine,” Barnes remarked.
He pointed out that the machine is particularly suited to the sector the company serves, groundworks and construction up to floor level on retirement and social housing projects. “You need the manoeuvrability in residential work,” he observed.
The company’s operators, each assigned to a single machine for its 3-4 year life with the business, express high satisfaction. All service and maintenance work is efficiently managed by Dennis Barnfield’s service department, with a unique WhatsApp group facilitating communication between the company’s drivers and the dealer.