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Gator fleet gets bigger

Gator fleet gets bigger

The youngest John Deere Gator utility vehicle hire fleet in the UK has just got even bigger. Morris Leslie Event Hire has expanded the fleet at its Woking depot in Surrey to over 120 Gators, and after listening to customer feedback the business has bought 10 XUV 855D S4 four-seater models to complement the fleet.

“We have been using the John Deere HPX Gator two-seater models for a number of years now as part of our comprehensive range of plant equipment for events and festivals, and last year we trialled a few four-seater Gators which went down very well with our client base,” says Morris Leslie Group operations director Graham Ogilvie.

“The trial’s success was down to the new John Deere S4 model’s ability to move four people, or two people and plenty of kit, around a showground for example, quickly and efficiently.”

The Morris Leslie Gator fleet can be found at many shows, TV sets, festivals and events across the UK and Europe, with customers finding them a reliable ‘go anywhere’ utility vehicle. Account manager Sarah Del-Bianco has taken on responsibility for running event hire at the company, and is now looking forward to offering clients a greater choice of 4x4 utility vehicles from Morris Leslie.

“One of the biggest contracts we have is supplying 40 Gators to a music festival for a four-week hire, to help with the build-up and take-down. The main reason for sticking with John Deere is the brand’s reliability and proven success, which keeps customers coming back for more. Offering the new four-seater model will now mean much greater flexibility for event organisers.”

Morris Leslie has worked closely with local supplying John Deere dealer Farol Ltd on the purchase of this latest batch of Gator utility vehicles. “We are very pleased that Morris Leslie chose Farol Ltd again to expand its Gator fleet, and this strengthens the relationship between our two companies,” says Farol Ltd golf & grass director James Moore.

“All the machines were prepared and delivered on time and most were signwritten before being delivered, so they could go straight out on their first hire jobs.”

Operating from nine depots across the UK and employing over 200 staff, the Morris Leslie Group has achieved large growth over the last few years and has recently purchased 1300 machines to expand its plant and event hire business, including more than 500 excavators and 450 telehandlers.