Gow plant hire marks its 1,000th machine with a Hill Engineering Tefra coupler

Gow plant hire marks its 1,000th machine with a Hill Engineering Tefra coupler

Independent groundworks contractor and plant hire company Gow Group has recruited its 1,000th machine, complete with a Tefra quick coupler from Hill Engineering.

The group’s first Hitachi 350 Longreach excavator was purchased by the plant hire division of the Caithness-based company but will also be used by the contracting arm where required, for main contractors such as RJ McLeod and Morrison Construction.

While Gow Plant Hire specialises in non-operated small plant, Gow Groundworks operates and hires self-drive and operated plant from one tonne, including tracked excavators up to 35 tonnes, wheeled excavators up to 18 tonnes, dumpers up to 22 tonnes, compaction rollers, telehandlers up to 14m, tractors, dump and flatbed trailers, and a JCB 3CX industrial digger.

Hill’s Tefra couplers have been used on windfarm and hydro projects, and dredging and harbour works, most recently for civil engineers RJ McLeod at Ullapool Harbour. Gow has used them since the group was founded by Alan Gow senior in 2007 when a machine was supplied by Hitachi with a fully automatic quick hitch already fitted.

Gow haven’t looked back since.

Alan Gow said: “What we like about Hill’s Tefra coupler is its simplicity, strength and long-term durability. In addition, the service received from Hill has always been excellent, although we haven’t really needed to make use of their after-sales service due to the durability of the equipment.

“The equipment has shown its durability in extreme weather conditions and also stands up very well to saltwater conditions, and as the attachments are renowned for their ability to satisfy Health and Safety requirements, they are readily accepted by our customers.”

Gow group also has a Transport Services division that hires out low loaders up to 78 tonnes for deliveries or collections across Scotland, as well as bulk aggregate trailers and an eight-wheeler tipper.

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