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Scotland’s largest telehandler reaches the heights on major infrastructure project

Jarvie Plant Group continues its heritage in use of ‘versatile’ telehandlers

Scotland’s largest rotating telescopic handler has been deployed to Scottish Power’s South West Scotland Renewables Connections Project in New Cumnock as part of the latest phase of construction works.

The Magni RTH 5.35 has a reach of up to 35 metres, some 5 metres more than industry standard, and can lift loads or personnel up to 1,000kg using its extended boom lift.

The Grangemouth-based plant hire company, Jarvie Plant Group, who bought the first ever telehandler in Scotland in 1960, has supplied this piece of equipment to the project.

The current phase of the works is seeing 270 new pylon bases and towers constructed along the B741 and A743.

The RTH 5.35 is currently being used to “top off” new electricity pylons in areas where the topography of the land does not allow conventional apparatus, such as cranes, to be used.

“The telehandler has always been a very versatile piece of kit and it is vital to the type of work currently ongoing in South Ayrshire,” commented Jarvie Plant’s business development director, David Jarvie.

“We have made a significant investment in this latest development in rotating telehandler technology and we continue to pioneer telehandler use to our clients across our various service sectors,” he added.

The mammoth infrastructure project started over 3 years ago and involves four key stages to connect seven proposed wind farms with sub stations at New Cumnock, Coylton, Glenglass, Black Hill and Meikle Hill.

Over 40km of overhead and underground power lines are also being installed.