5 September 2022


For the Bulk Group of Penistone, what recently started with just a new 18t DAF LF skiploader has just got a whole lot bigger with the acquisition of a brand new 32t hookloader – with both vehicles featuring premium – spec HARSH bodywork.

“Our initial HS14 skip showed us that the HARSH unit is a top quality design offering a real promise of long term reliability. We’d not had anything from HARSH before, but the spec looked good and there were no downsides. Now hard at work, it’s already proving itself to be an ideal piece of kit” says Bulk Group Managing Director Damien Carr, adding “As such, we had little hesitation in going for HARSH again for our latest truck, a 32t Scania with HH26 hookloader bodywork. Together, they make a great pair, easily able to handle every job that comes along.”

Long established as a manufacturer of tipper hydraulics, HARSH first dipped its toe in the pool of full scale bodywork almost a decade ago – a decision that has now proved to be one of the best the company ever made. Now offering a full range of both hookloader and skiploader models for 2, 3 and 4 axle truck chassis employed on everything from solo 7.5t to drawbar 44t operation, today HARSH is recognised as a leading UK bodybuilder in its own right, and with enormous future potential.

Jason Bramall, HARSH Business Development Manager for Northern England, is delighted to have notched up another key operator in his area. Jason points out that the HARSH approach has always been to take time to define exactly what the customer requires, and then meet those requirements – if possible – 101%.

Jason says “This is what makes HARSH that bit different – we do much more than just supply equipment. In this industry, we have a real reputation for being a practical, hands on, helpful and ‘can – do’ company that’s really willing to go the extra mile to get the result the operator wants.”

Whether as large fleet orders or single vehicles, demand for HARSH hookloaders just keeps on growing. Last year, 25 new trucks on Mercedes chassis began work in Kent on a key environmental services contract for the county. Later in the year, the NWH Group in Scotland put their 50th HARSH – fitted vehicle on the road.

In 2022, HARSH hooks and skips have jointly begun work with Prichards, one of the leading waste handling businesses in South Wales. Demand for HARSH is stronger than ever, all across the UK.

But for Bulk Group, there were other reasons for choosing to go with HARSH than the equipment itself. Key here is the fact that HARSH’s reputation in the UK for service support and parts availability in the skip and hook market is genuinely second to none (thanks in particular to HARSH maintaining a 93% parts availability with 24hr delivery direct from its HQ outside York).

“Everything mechanical ultimately requires routine service, maintenance and replacement parts” says Damien Carr, “so for an operator such as ourselves the issue of long term product support becomes absolutely vital.”

A point that Jason quickly confirms: “The key to everything is not the equipment per se, but the level of service behind it. Get this right, and the customer achieves the long term productivity he needs with the product operating to its fullest potential.”