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Economic Skips take on new JCB excavator

JCB JS370 tracked excavator

London-based waste-management firm purchases JS370 tracked excavator for recycling operation 

ECONOMIC Skips’ commitment to supporting the need for a cleaner environment within the English capital is backed by the company’s significant investment in the latest recycling systems. Economic Skips, for example, have recently taken delivery of a new JCB JS370 tracked excavator for use at their Mercury Way site, near Bermondsey.

Supplied by local dealers Greenshields JCB, the machine is being used to carry out the initial processing of waste at the facility, thanks to an equipped large finger grab, which is the first time a JS370 has been used in such an application.

Chris Guinnelly, site facility manager for Economic Skips, said: ‘The excavator’s ability to handle with the finger grab, its good visibility and strong performance to cope in a dusty environment are key features to us.’ 

Incoming waste material at the Mercury Way recycling facility often contains blocks and lumps of concrete. With the JS370 machine sitting on top of the waste, the operator picks up a load of material with the finger grab, allowing the concrete to fall out through the grab’s fingers, making the residual waste easier to sort through.

Due to the dusty environment and conditions under which Economic Skips have to work in, the JCB excavator is fitted with a reverse fan on the radiator to help maintain high productivity and minimize downtime. 

The JCB JS370 excavator has been specially designed to provide strength, high productivity, efficiency, comfort, safety and ease of maintenance. A closed box-section revolving frame, for example, increases strength and reduces stress, while the equipped MTU (210kW) engine is Tier 4 Final compliant. 

The 37-tonne JS370 joins a number of existing JCB machines forming part of Economic Skip’s equipment fleet, including a 22-tonne JS220 excavator, a JS175 wheeled excavator and a 437 loading shovel. 

‘We have a great relationship with JCB and local dealers Greenshields JCB,’ said Mr Guinnelly. ‘We have been dealing with them for a number of years and we have been happy with everything we have got – both the dealer and the factory are always very helpful. We have great faith in the JCB products and long may it continue.’

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