Contractor’s JCB434 loading shovel

With a total of 2,400ha (6,000 acres) of grass and maize silage to harvest each year and the thick end of 150,000t of muck to load and spread, the contracting company of P&R Burbage is no stranger to loading shovels.

Based at Nobottle, Northamptonshire, the business is headed by brothers Peter and Richard Burbage. They bought their first loading shovel in 2002 and in June this year took delivery of their third – a JCB 434.

“It’s not just the handling capacity of the loading shovel which makes them an attractive choice,” says Richard. “It is the fact that such machines are purpose-built loaders and have been designed to withstand the forces loading work imposes on them.”

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