THE MOST VERSATILE WASTE VEHICLE EVER? HARSH DEMOUNT SKIP FOR MAY GLASS RECYCLING
IS THIS THE MOST VERSATILE WASTE VEHICLE EVER? HARSH DE-MOUNT SKIP CREATES COMBINED 44T HOOK/SKIP DRAWBAR
Leading recycling haulier May Glass Recycling of Rainham has just put into service a vehicle that doubles either as a hookloader or as a skiploader, whether for 26t solo or 44t drawbar operation. The trick of how to do this was easy – with HARSH’s unique demountable skiploader bodywork.
May Glass Recycling’s base vehicle is a nearly 5 years old 6×2 Volvo FM, fitted with conventional hookloader bodywork. HARSH has then built a bespoke demountable skiploader unit that can be loaded onto the truck as if it was a standard hookloader container. The hydraulics to operate the skiploader are then simply connected into the truck’s existing system. The whole process takes a little over 5 minutes.
“Now we have two trucks in one” says May Glass Recycling director Fred Sendall, “it can go and collect any type of bin or skip out there. Better still, this versatility is doubled again when pulling a trailer, so we can have any combination of skip or container right across the whole vehicle. This extra versatility and productivity actually means we can delete two older vehicles from our fleet with their work now being done just with the new HARSH unit. It really is that good.”
One of the specialities of carrying waste glass in skips is that the skips themselves need to be longer than a standard builder’s skip – this to ensure that the product sits lower in the skip, thereby preventing any blow – away out of the top. May Glass Recycling’s skips therefore have a 10cu.yd capacity, which in turn meant that HARSH would need to build a bespoke unit to carry them. When operating in full drawbar mode, one skip is carried on the truck, with another two on a triaxle trailer.
“This is the first time we have taken a HARSH product” adds Fred, “and we are hugely impressed – not just with the equipment itself but also with HARSH’s inventiveness in being able to bring forward a new operating solution. By taking a really personal approach to understanding our business, we’ve now got something quite special. This new vehicle really takes us forward in terms of the capability and level of service that we can give to our customers.
It’s also great that we can effectively give a new lease of life to an existing five year old truck – the HARSH solution is therefore hugely cost-effective!”
Based just off the A13 near the old Ford site at Dagenham, family – owned May Glass Recycling collects waste glass from locations right across the UK, ranging from London to Yorkshire in the north and Somerset in the west. As vehicle mileage keeps on rising, productivity has to keep pace – which means that achieving the maximum versatility between carrying hookloader bins and / or skips at a full 44t is the optimum way to go.
Speaking for HARSH, Business Development Manager for the South East Harry Hustler says “May Glass Recycling identified a new opportunity to significantly improve its vehicle versatility and productivity, and by working closely together we’ve addressed that challenge with a particularly novel vehicle specification.
This is a perfect example as to how HARSH’s commitment to understanding each and every customer’s needs can deliver an ideal operating solution.”
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