Since investing in their first Engcon EC15 tiltrotator four years ago Jamieson Contracts, based in Broughshane, County Antrim, haven’t looked back. Now this trailblazing groundworks business from Northern Ireland has taken the next step in tiltrotator technology with a Generation 2 Engcon EC214. Company Director, Stuart Jamieson, explains why he’s hooked on Engcon.
Experienced in groundworks and construction across a wide range of projects, Stuart and his team demand a lot from their machines. Getting their first tiltrotator back in 2013 helped increase versatility and efficiency overnight, says Stuart. “I’d seen tiltrotators being demonstrated at trade shows and had a test drive so I could see the potential.“ Before taking the plunge, however, Stuart took time to read test reviews in magazines and user’s comments online. Convinced by the many positive reports, he finally decided to invest in an Engcon EC15B fitted to a New Holland 135. Still going strong, the tiltrotator has since been swapped onto a Case CX130C. “When we first got the Engcon,“ says Stuart, “I couldn’t believe how much difference it made to be able to tilt and rotate the bucket, particularly when grading or backfilling trenches. We certainly haven’t been disappointed with our initial investment and that’s why we’ve just added another Engcon system to our fleet.“
Stuart’s latest acquisition consists of a Hitachi ZX130 with 2.5m dipper, equipped with a fully integrated Engcon package, including EC214 tiltrotator, EC-Oil, QS60 quick hitch and MIG 2 controls. The company’s new addition marks a change from a PUP (Pick Up Pin) hitch to Engcon’s QS60, featuring Q-Safe, one of the world’s safest quick hitch systems with innovative safety functions and warning systems. Stuart comments: “As well as being super-safe, the QS60 allows us to drop the Engcon off whenever we need to. We couldn’t do this with the PUP hitch which was a pain, especially when working on narrow trenches. Everyone I spoke to said Engcon’s QS60 was the best so we went for it.“
John Craig, a dealer and Engcon Service Partner at JCC Engcon Group in Stirlingshire, supplied Stuart’s new EC214 system. “John did an excellent job,“ praises Stuart. “He also persuaded me to get EC-Oil, Engcon’s hydraulic and electrical tool connection system. I was sceptical at first but now I wouldn’t go back, which is exactly what John predicted – and he was right!” says Stuart with a smile. EC-Oil enables instant tool and attachment changes directly from the cab. It is specially adapted for Engcon’s Generation 2 tiltrotators and Q-Safe quick hitch lock. Stuart continues: “It works a treat when pouring concrete in foundations. No spillage up the sides and the concrete goes where it's needed. And when we’re bedding pipes, the stone is placed exactly over the pipe. It has improved efficiency and often means we can reduce the number of men on site. EC-Oil was one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made.” Summing up his Engcon experience, Stuart says he’s very happy with his investment. “The product is great and so is the support. Members of the Engcon team I’ve met at shows still keep in touch and their service partner, John Craig, is a star. What more could you want?”
Stuart Jamieson, Jamieson Contracts
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