Austin Baker started work as an HGV fitter before going to agricultural college to gain various qualifications in farming. This lead eventually to becoming involved in Agricultural Plant Hire.
In his early plant career, he drove equipment working on the M5 motorway, M27 and M25. He also worked on sites such as The Dartford Swanley link road, Brighton Marina, and many other big projects.
The equipment ranged through lattice jib and telescopic cranes, 360 excavators up to forty tonnes in weight, Tracked shovels up to twenty-two tonnes and many other types of equipment.
He worked on many groundwork contracts with companies such as national housebuilders and also ran and managed many exceptionally large earthmoving jobs that included bulk earth excavation, rock extraction and road building.
In later life he was a director of the second largest powered access company in the UK with depots also in the Middle East.
After retirement he moved to France with his wife and has fully absorbed the French way of life.
James, his youngest son, started life working with his father as soon as he left school. He completed an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering and then a second apprenticeship at the Bircham Newton Construction College in Heavy Plant engineering. James worked for many large companies supplying Heavy Construction and Mining Equipment and repaired all types of earthmoving equipment. He returned to working on powered access throughout the UK regularly going on training courses with manufacturers around Europe.
In around 2008 James travelled to Australia working for various companies as an engineer. He worked in both workshop environments and as a service repair engineer. Powered Access is different in Australia as every so many years it has to be stripped down completely and refurbished from scratch. This was one of James regular tasks and each machine could take many weeks to complete. Once completed it then had to be completely tested before being put back into service.
After James sustained an injury, he could no longer do the work he previously did. He travelled to France where we decided to set up a professional but compact plant hire and groundwork company. There are many companies operating here, but we noticed that many of the companies had old equipment. We have purchased some brand-new machines as well as some used machines so that we can offer a variety of services. These machines will be correctly maintained and presented in full working order to our customers.