Efficient power and fuel economy for power division
FALCON CRANES hires JCB diesel generators
The UK’s leading supplier of tower cranes, Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd, selected a range of JCB RS rental generators to hire alongside tower cranes that are working on sites throughout the UK. The new products have been bought by Falcon Crane’s power division which was established in 2015 to satisfy the growing demand for turnkey projects.
Scot Industrial Air, a division of Scot JCB, concluded the deal for 18 of JCB’s RS diesel generators following an evaluation process that included a demonstration and trial period. Models including the G100RS, G150RS and the G200RS were purchased with outputs of 100kVA, 150kVA and 200kVA respectively enabling them to power a variety of cranes. Each of the three models incorporates JCB LiveLink telematics as standard enabling the customer to monitor and manage the generators remotely anywhere, at any time. At the heart of the smaller unit is the award-winning JCB Dieselmax engine which provides efficient power and fuel economy in a robust package whilst the two larger models incorporate renowned John Deere engines.
The deal increases the number of generators for hire from Falcon Tower Crane Services to over 150 units in power categories 45kVA to 300kVA. Andy Teanby is the Power Fleet Manager and is responsible for the specification of generators. He has previously bought competitive brands of generator, but it was the support from Scots and the wider dealer network that proved to be the crucial factor in the decision to buy JCB;
“The G100RS we had on trial performed very well so we were very happy that the quality and performance of the RS range was right for our needs. The engineering support that the JCB network can provide will really make a difference as we have units on hire up and down the country from Inverness to Southampton. We are also making excellent use of LiveLink. Our machines run an average of 50 hours per week and are serviced at 500 hour intervals (every ten weeks approximately) so if a site has a delay and doesn’t use a crane for a week, for instance, then we know the exact hours it has run and we an adjust the service accordingly. This saves wasted journeys and wasted fuel so it is really useful.”
Other features that are proving useful in a hire situation include ease of transportation and manoeuvrability. The location of the control panel, sockets and busbar at the rear of the generator and the heavy duty skids base, single lift point and integrated fork pockets help to ensure efficient delivery and installation on customers’ sites. Andy undertook factory and dealer visits to JCB and Scot JCB respectively where he was able to tour the production facilities and witness the service operation first hand. The deal was subsequently organised through JCB Finance.
“I am very impressed with the whole JCB set-up. I can call on the company’s extensive dealer network nationwide for machines working locally and the access to a very good finance deal made sourcing the JCB generators a very attractive investment”