Chicago Pneumatic has marked the first sale of its Red Rock range of portable air compressors in Jordan after its authorised distributor, Sakkab Newport Trading (SNT), received three separate orders recently.
The American equipment company said the first order, from the Municipality of Greater Amman, was for 15 CPS 3.0 compressors and 15 CP 1290S pneumatic breakers that are being used primarily in road maintenance works. The municipality allowed SNT to enter its tender process after testing a single Red Rock portable compressor for six months, said a statement from Chicago Pneumatic, which added that the testing period was to ensure the machines and SNT met the technical, after-sales and customer service requirements of the municipality.
Amjad Fallatah, regional product manager for Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment in the Middle East, said: “Our brand is relatively new in the Jordanian market, hence we understood the client wanted to thoroughly test the compressor, and experience working with our distributor, before making a final decision.”
According to Chicago Pneumatic, operators were impressed by the lightweight 750kg compressor’s toughness during the testing exercise and their feedback ultimately persuaded the Amman civic body to commit to purchasing a further fourteen models.
Murad Halabi, SNT spokesperson said: “They were amazed at how light the machine was, and had never worked with a compressor that can be towed behind a small van or passenger car yet is still powerful enough to support two breakers.”
According to Chicago Pneumatic, its Red Rock range is designed with a polyethylene canopy that both protects vital internal working parts from extreme conditions and makes it remarkably lightweight. The compressors are also very easy to maintain, with simple processes ensuring that maintenance takes very little time, it added. No special tools are required and the compressors only need a service every 500 hours.
“When working on road maintenance projects time is very valuable. The fact the Red Rock compressor requires little service, and consequently reduces downtime, heavily influenced the final purchase decision. Additionally, thanks to the technical support we received from Chicago Pneumatic, we’ve been able to train operators to undertake routine service tasks, such as changing oils and filters, very quickly,” said Shadi Al-Shoubaki, spokesperson from the Municipality of Greater Amman.
Chicago Pneumatic added that the performance characteristics and easy maintenance of the Red Rock range were also key reasons behind the Jordan Army’s decision to purchase six CPS 3.0 compressors, which it required to help clean equipment and repair infrastructure. In addition, SNT recently landed an order from the Al Yarmouk Water Company to supply four CPS 4.5 compressors that are being used to maintain water pipelines and associated infrastructures in Jordan.