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Still As Young As Ever

In 1988, a young Tim Skelton returned from agricultural college, bought a Bobcat Skidsteer loader, a telephone and a diary, and set up TJ Skelton Contractors in his bedroom at his parent’s house.  As a one man band he multi-tasked and embarked on scaling Kent...

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Tents of September

This weekend The Skelton Group had two tents on display, one in West Kent, and the other in the East of the county…..read on to find out why. We kicked off our annual tour of various Ploughing Matches on Saturday with the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match in...

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Look what’s just Rolled up…!

The all new Bomag BMP 8500 Trench Roller complete with Remote Control and Economiser. This is a new addition to our ever expanding compaction range of quality and reliable Bomag products.  This agile and productive roller is now supplied with a durable remote control...

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Agri-Expo is Upon Us

Skelton Plant Hire are gearing up this week to showcase a selection of our fleet at Kent’s largest agricultural show, Agri-Expo (SE).  For those who have yet to experience the plethora of opportunities this event offers, you can expect to find a host of...

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Telehandler Versatility

Here at SPH we’re gearing up for a busy 2016 and adding more attachments to our telehandler fleet, not only to the front but also to the rear! We have JCB 535-95’s and 531-70’s equipped with rear hydraulically activated pick up hitches, this enables...

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Rolling Out New Investment

Welcome to 2016 and we hope you’ve all had a wonderful time over Christmas and the start of the New Year. Here at Skelton Plant Hire we’ve kicked off 2016 with further investment in new additions to our core fleet.  We have also added the Bomag 135 AD-5...

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The Road to Success

In our persistent quest to offer market leading, quality and cost effective equipment we have recently added new Bomag 80-5’s and Bomag 120-5 rollers, complete with the new Bomag Economiser to increase on site performance and efficiency.  This new system helps...

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More Quality Additions to the Fleet

Skelton Plant Hire now offer the Kubota KX080-4. This excavator delivers all the power you need whilst being one of the most environmentally friendly excavators in its class.  Advanced features include a direct injection diesel engine with common rail system (CRS), a...

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Post Ploughing Match

So, once again we have come to the end of ‘Show Season’. East Kent Ploughing Match on Wednesday was quite possibly the biggest and the best East Kent has seen yet.  There was barely a cloud in the sky all day and the footfall through the gates was at an...

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Last Gear!

They say the best things are worth waiting for?! So, after weeks of speculation from various commentators in the media, the last episode of Top Gear was finally aired recently.  No doubt everyone of the 5.3 million viewers will have their favorite piece of the last...

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Skelton Group Goes On Tour…

Recently, on a sunny day in Kent, a group of employees gathered to embark on a mini tour of the east of the county; and you know what they say…..what goes on tour, stays on tour! But if I were to end there then that would be a very poor read! The employees of the...

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Skelton Are In Top Gear!

Soon after the Top Gear ‘fracas’ we were disappointed to hear the last three episodes were to be pulled.  For the petrol heads amongst us we were obviously upset that the BBC had decided to take such action and unbeknown to the general public, the next...

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Striving for Efficiency

Here at Skelton Plant Hire we constantly strive to invest in efficiency.  In the dynamic industry we serve there has been consistent development and improvement on equipment year on year.  For some time now, the buzz words have been ‘fuel efficiency’....

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Kent Agri-Expo 2015

March sees the beginning of our annual tour of Kent Exhibitions and Shows starting with Kent Agri-Expo on the 4th March 2015.  Skelton Plant Hire have exhibited at this event since its inception back in 2011 and we are proud to have such a connection to what is now a...

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Relationships Forged Over Time

Here at Skelton Plant Hire we have been striving for 25 years to build on success, create prosperity and fine tune the products and services we offer.  Any business is dependent on it’s customer base, something we focus on, and is testament to our continued...

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Ploughing Match Month!

It’s that time of year again!  September has come back around with such speed it’s a wonder where the last twelve months have gone.  The summer holidays are drawing to a close, the harvest is nearing completion and temperatures are starting to drop.  It...

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The New Manitou

This year has seen incredible demand for plant and equipment hire.  We have consistently added to our fleet across the board to meet our customers requirements.  Eighteen months ago, we started adding Manitou MT625 Telehandlers to our fleet.  It is a 6 metre machine...

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Going Full Circle

It was 25 years ago that our company founder set out with a Bobcat 643 and started what is now today Skelton Plant Hire.  We’ll have more on this success story in future newsletters.  It is, however, quite poignant as we have reintroduced the Bobcat Compact...

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20 Years with Kubota

20 years ago, in June 1994 we purchased our first Kubota Excavator, a KX61. We have continued to invest in the Brand year after year and this month we are the first company in the South East to take delivery of the U27-4, a virtually zero tail-swing machine in the...

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House Price Rise Sparks Extension Boom

Rocketing house prices have triggered an extension boom amongst homeowners because they cannot afford to trade up.  Many have found that it is cheaper than buying a larger home as there and not the mandatory stamp duty, estate agent’s fees or moving costs;...

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Protecting the Bottom Line

This week sees the first delivery of our new JCB Telehandlers that will be rolled out over the forthcoming months to help satisfy an uplift in demand, ranging from the small 520-40 (4 metre) to the 535-140 (14 metre).  The larger machines are fitted with the JCB...

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Kent Agri-Expo 2014

Here at Skelton Plant Hire HQ, we have all our fingers crossed that we have seen the last of the dreaded rain.  During the recent weeks it has caused damage and devastation across the country, but as we look to the future, we are grateful of a few things that we have...

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The Future’s Bright…

As part of our ever growing portfolio of plant we now offer the JCB LT9 Lighting Tower.  This dedicated lighting tower features a nine metre hydraulically activated telescopic mast which holds four powerful spotlights.  Its compact dimensions make it ideal for...

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Sprinting to our Customers…

Skelton Plant Hire have recently added two new service vehicles to its customer service armoury.  Due to fleet expansion and additional numbers of plant in use we have kitted out two Mercedes Sprinter Vans with full on-site service repair capability. In line with...

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Ploughing Match Round-Up

Wednesday saw the last of our Ploughing Matches for this year. It was the East Kent event and what an event it was!  Our stand was brimming with visitors all day long and fortunately it remained dry and bright.  The EKPMA put on quite a show with exhibitors ranging...

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Breaking with Tradition…

The new Manitou 625MT has been added to our comprehensive fleet of telehandlers.  With a 6 metre reach and a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes we are confident that it will find its own niche in our vast array of telehandlers which currently spans 4m to 17m with lift...

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Make it a September to Remember…

September spells many things; for farmers, their harvest is drawing to a close and new crops are being sown; for parents it’s the start of the school run once again and for Skelton Plant Hire it is the beginning of a month full of exhibitions.  We are exhibiting...

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Location is the Key

Skelton Plant Hire have switched on 2013 with an electrifying start! In early January we started to roll out 90 units of new plant and machinery to a major contractor working throughout Kent and the South East of England for the regional supplier of Electricity.  Our...

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Kent Agri-Expo 2013

Wednesday 6th March marked the third annual Agri-Expo event in the South East and what a success it was!  Exhibitors and visitors alike were able to stroll around the Kent County Showground in Detling perusing the vast array of stands showcasing the latest lines of...

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The Perfect Fit

The JCB 515-40 is the most compact JCB Telehandler on the market.  Since being introduced to our fleet this model has found favour with a miriad of customers. Local fruit growers have found them very useful for moving boxes between rows of fruit trees and with 4WD and...

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