St Martin's hire company invests £2.5m in new machinery

By Thom Kennedy | St Martins | Business | Published: | Last Updated:

A plant hire business in Shropshire has invested more than £2.5 million in a range of JCB excavators.

St Martin's-based Ridgway Rentals – which started life as JCB dealer RAJ Mechanisations Ltd in the 1960s – has acquired 26 high specification excavators from the Staffordshire manufacturing giant.

Ridgway Rentals managing director Stuart Jones said: “We have a long and proud history with JCB and Ridgway Rentals has a strong commitment to supporting British business.

"The service and support we receive from Gunn JCB is also a key factor in our decision to choose JCB.

"This latest investment sees us strengthen our excavator fleet with high spec JCB models which are always well built and provide good value."

Ridgway Rentals provides plant hire and sales throughout the UK from its headquarters in Shropshire.

Its range of excavators spans from 1.5-50-tonnes including high reach, long reach, wheeled and zero tailswing variants.

The company also offers dozers, rollers, dump trucks, telehandlers, wheeled loading shovels and skid steer loaders and attachments.

The company was founded by the late Bob Jones in 1961 as a dealer for JCB machines. Mr Jones forged a strong relationship with JCB founder Joseph Bamford, who personally delivered the first JCB 7 crawler excavator the company ordered in 1964.


Led by Bob’s son Tim Jones, the Shropshire company changed course in 1977 to become a plant hirer and today remains one of JCB’s longest standing customers.

It remains family-owned and run with a third generation now at the helm – Tim’s sons Stuart and Rob Jones are both on the board serving as managing director and director respectively.

The company’s latest investment is in 26 high specification excavators in a deal worth over £2.5 million. The models bought include a JCB Hydradig, JS131 and JS220 tracked excavators, JS145W, JS160W and JS200W wheeled excavators and eight tonne, zero tailswing 85Z-1 midi excavators. They have been supplied by dealer Gunn JCB.

"Many of the new excavators do not require ad blue and the JCB LiveLink system is extremely useful – enabling us to accurately monitor our fleet’s performance and schedule servicing efficiently," Stuart Jones added.

“The new JCB models look great and are fitted with a range of options including LED lights, durable paint work and sun visors and come with a series of attachments including hammers, shears and tilt rotators – meaning these machines are well-equipped for the full range of industries we serve.”

Thom Kennedy

By Thom Kennedy
Business Editor - @tkennedy_star

Shropshire Star Business Editor


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