Oban firms in £170,000 digger deal

Cameron MacFarlane jnr, Cameron MacFarlane snr, of Argyll Engineers Limited in Oban, hand over the new Takeuchi excavators to Robert Forbes, operations manager for TSL Contractors Limited.

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Two firms have agreed a £170,000 digger deal which underlines the benefits of Oban businesses supporting each other.

Argyll Engineers Ltd have handed over four high quality excavators to supportive, long-standing customers TSL Contractors Ltd.

Argyll Engineers Ltd is based on Glenshallach Road, while TSL has a unit on Lochavullin Road and is headquartered on the Isle of Mull.

It represents a large piece of business for the family-run agricultural and plant engineers, and a significant investment in new fleet by TSL.

Marking the occasion was Cameron MacFarlane jnr, alongside dad and director Cameron snr, joined by TSL’s operations manager Robert Forbes.

Cameron jnr told The Oban Times that the excavators, which weigh nine tonnes, six tonnes, four tonnes and 1.6 tonnes, had been specially modified to TSL’s specifications.

The new Takeuchi excavators which have been purchased from Argyll Engineers Limited in Oban by TSL Contractors Limited.

Mr MacFarlane said: ‘Four machines at once may not be a big deal for other companies in other areas but for us it’s very significant. This will be our single biggest order ever as far as Takeuchi’s go.

‘They’ve come from the company’s factory in Nagano, Japan, landed in Southampton, and then on to a warehouse in Rochdale.

‘We arranged the haulage up from there with D & J Campbell here and the buckets are also supplied by a local company as well, MacKenzie Welding Limited in Taynuilt.’

He added: ‘It has been a real local effort and the excavators are really versatile with a big digging force, and are compact and highly manoeuvrable.’

Mr Forbes said Argyll Engineers Limited had been ‘fantastic’ and the new range would complement its large fleet which includes large excavators.

Three of the diggers will go to TSL, which employs around 160 people and specialises in construction, haulage and civil engineering.

The fourth will go to a company it owns, TLC, The Landscaping Centre, also based in Oban.

The investment by TSL came about due to its success in securing new contracts as it decided to replace some of its smaller excavators and purchase some additional machines at the same time.

Mr Forbes said: ‘The new Takeuchis will join our large fleet of modern plant and will further add to our flexibility, and builds reassurance and confidence to ensure reliability across the wide range of operations that we undertake.’

Formed in 1989, Argyll Engineers Limited employs six people, including Cameron senior’s wife Sine, providing diesel equipment from tractors to diggers.

It had been a ‘busy year, if not busier than ever,’ with many customers using government bounce back loans to invest in new kit in preparation of the economic recovery.

Groundbreaking: The new Takeuchi excavators.