91 New mini-excavators head for Scotland in Finning breakthrough with GAP Group

In its first ever major deal with Finning, Scotland based tool and plant hire company GAP Group Plant and Tool hire, have completed the purchase of a total of ninety-one Caterpillar machines, including, sixty Cat 302.5C, thirty Cat 305D mini excavators and one 428E Backhoe loader.

The deal comes on the back of significant growth for Finning in the sale of Caterpillar mini excavators and general construction equipment, as it expands its reach and investment, increasing market share in what is a highly competitive sector.

Commenting on the deal with GAP Group Plant and Tool Hire, Finning key account manager, Alistair Murdoch said,

“This breakthrough deal further cements our position in the important general building and construction product arena, showing just how competitive the new Caterpillar equipment range has become.

“GAP are a major player in the plant hire market and have been a target customer for Finning for a considerable time. Having first sold just 6 machines to the business a few years ago, this deal represents a complete shift in the purchasing decisions from the team at GAP. Its customers will now have the choice of using Caterpillar equipment for the first time on a large scale. This in turn will expose more customers to the benefits of operating the Caterpillar mini excavator range.”

Commenting on the deal with Finning, Douglas Anderson of GAP Group Plant and Tool Hire said,

“As a business we have traditionally purchased this type of equipment from other manufacturers. However it is credit to Finning that even with this history, they have continued to make new equipment available to us to test and benchmark against our current fleet.”

“So when we were looking at renewing some of our mini excavator range we looked at the Cat 302.5C and Cat 305D mini excavator units and assessed their capabilities against our rigorous criteria. Key to the selection of the units was of course purchasing cost, but also operating cost and performance capability played an important role.”

“In plant hire we are dealing with an extremely competitive environment at the moment, so making sure our equipment is capable of withstanding the harsh environments and the operator techniques of numerous customers is what makes us stand out from the rest.”


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