16 April 2019


With four new tippers recently joining its fleet (each one being delivered on successive Wednesdays), AC Aggregates Ltd of South Yorkshire is near to completing its 2019 fleet update programme, the company’s standard tipper specification being built around HARSH FE (front end) combined ram and tank tipping gears, Scania XT chassis and Townend steel bodies.

“This combination delivers everything that we want” says AC Aggregates’ fleet manager Andy Todd who adds “with tippers, payload, performance and practicality are our absolute requirements, plus of course the need to give our drivers a top quality working environment.”

Often delivering over 5 loads a day, the new steel bodied trucks tare off at a highly competitive 12,500kgs, thereby providing a highly acceptable 19.5 tonnes payload. “The HARSH FE gear is as light as a front end gear gets, yet without any compromise in performance or reliability” continues Andy. “They tip fast, are easy to operate and, best of all, we’ve never had a single service or downtime issue with any of them. HARSH FE’s really are 100% fit for purpose.”

Based at Maltby just outside Rotherham, AC Aggregates now operates a total of 15 tippers which include a couple of 44t artics. Founded by Andy and Debbie Collins over 20 years ago, the company has seen steady and significant growth, not least thanks to a firm commitment to continual reinvestment back into its vehicle fleet.

“In this business, he best way to keep ahead is to maximise our operating efficiency” says Andy Collins, “and that means taking every advantage that the most modern tipper specifications can offer us. The question is always ‘how can we get more work from a truck, but at a lower total operating cost?’ This is the productivity issue we are all looking for, and hence what modern trucks continually seek to address. In turn, that’s why we place such importance on keeping the fleet fully up to date. And, of course, having top quality trucks helps us to attract and retain good drivers too.”

With a wide operating region stretching across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and down to the Wash, AC Aggregates provides not only bulk haulage of sand and stone products but also contract earthmoving and waste removal. Delivering top quality materials along with outstanding levels of customer service are key to the company’s steady growth. Additionally, sister business AC Marine Aggregates Ltd supplies over 200,000 tonnes of dredged CE – marked concreting sand per year to the construction industry.

Visitors to this year’s TIP-Ex Show in Harrogate will also be able to see a further new AC Aggregates truck on the HARSH stand in Hall B. Again fitted with a FE tipping gear, this chassis is more unusual in that it will be a ‘tridem’ specification tipper fitted with a lifting and steering rear axle.