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New Bobcat T40.180SLP 18 m Telehandler at CHAP Group

Bobcat telehandler being used on high profile contract in Aberdeen


One of Scotland's leading privately-owned construction businesses, CHAP Group, based in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, has taken delivery of a new Bobcat T40.180SLP 18 metre telehandler. The new T40.180SLP telehandler was supplied by Balgownie Ltd, the local Authorised Bobcat Dealer.

The new Bobcat telehandler will be based at CHAP’s Summerhill site in the city of Aberdeen.  This high profile project on behalf of Aberdeen City Council will see CHAP Group construct 369 flats over a four year period. According to CHAP, the new Bobcat 18 m telehandler will prove invaluable on what is a large site and across a range of different applications.

Tom Burn, Plant & Transport Manager for CHAP Group, said: “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. With thanks to Balgownie Ltd and also the livery team at Inspire Signs & Graphics, we are extremely pleased to have added the Bobcat T40.180SLP telehandler to the CHAP fleet.”

Large In-House Plant and Transport Fleet

Under Tom Burn’s leadership, CHAP Group’s large in-house plant and transport fleet provides a vital supporting role to its four main operating divisions: Construction, Homes, Quarries and Civils.  

The plant fleet extends from small hand tools to heavy quarry plant. The company 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.

Proud Heritage Dating Back to 1976

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 CHAP approach to client service and its commitment to its staff.

Top-of-the-Range Telehandler

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 18 m. All Bobcat telehandlers are backed by a three year/3000-hour warranty as standard with the option of extending the warranty to five years/6000 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 Bobcat telehandlers.

Bobcat Dealer for the North of Scotland

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 a superb 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 Bobcat 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.

Source: Doosan Bobcat EMEA

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