The below is taken from a recent article on Molson Compact Equipment, available in the latest issue of Construction Plant News
Molson Compact Equipment might be a new name in the mini excavator sector, but there’s a very experienced team behind it.
A change of name, a change of colour – but the same expertise in compact plant, the Warkwickshire-based firm is now looking forward to a new association with a Japanese construction plant maker. This Midlands base will become the Molson Group ‘Centre of Excellence’ for all compact plant equipment. With the heavy line Kobelco series remaining at the Molson Group HQ in Avonmouth.
“Kobelco already has a very good reputation on some of its larger kit, with the likes of Plantforce heavily investing in them for their fleet, for example, and we’re looking to build that brand recognition for the smaller excavators,” explains Mike Brown.
Kobelco machines already have a reputation for being quite highly spec’d, with air con and a radio available in the cab as standard from 3-tonne SK28 and above, for instance, and that’s complemented by a genuine appreciation of a smooth and quiet operation.
In addition, Molson Compact Equipment can now boast a number of solutions that were not previously part of its portfolio, including a 1.7 tonne machine with an expanding and retractable track that can be specified with either a cab or canopy, whilst the SK10, 1 tonne machines benefits from servo control.
As well as that, the iNDr system on the Kobelco minis is a welcome feature for mini operators. This noise and dust reduction system features a filter fitted in front of the cooling system, removing minute dust particles from the intake air. It’s easy to remove from cleaning and, for anyone in the business of working in dusty environments, will be a potential game-changer.
Similarly, the man, or woman, in the driving seat, of the SK85 will welcome the additional space of a cab which is the equivalent in size to the same manufacturer’s 14 tonne unit. A side and rear camera system is fitted as standard, whilst the machine’s in-built Komex telematics system provides invaluable data on hours worked, fuel usage, and location, all in real time, and a particularly useful function for hirers.
Indeed, the majority of maintenance and regular service tasks can be achieved at ground level, whilst Kobelco machines from 4 tonne upwards, are also pre-piped for hydraulic quick hitches, which saves huge amounts of time in the workshop.
“We very excited about taking on the Kobelco brand and building it in the UK,” concludes Mike. “The whole team here, from the workshop to parts and sales, are very experienced already, and with the mini excavator sector seeing expansion there is a real opportunity with these machines.”
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