17 November 2022

HARSH skiploaders have now started work with one of the UK’s leading privately owned construction and environmental services operators, M.J.Church (Plant) Ltd of Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Following on from a highly successful introduction to the HARSH brand with a smaller 12t gvw skiploader earlier in the year, Church’s latest intake is for no less than ten 18t gvw units, all built on DAF LF chassis.

“The HARSH product is really well built and offers us premium standards of reliability and durability over a typical six year life in our fleet” says M.J.Church’s Transport Manager Tristan Crate.

“Of at least equal importance,” he adds, “HARSH shows that they really understand not just the technical and engineering points of skiploaders but all the practical, everyday issues about actually operating them – and hence can answer all our questions quickly and easily. This gives us real confidence in our purchasing decision.

In this industry, people – and how they respond – can be of immense value to operators such as ourselves.”

A key part of the deal is that HARSH will supply M.J.Church with an imprest ‘pay as you use’ stock facility covering both critically important or high wear items such as chains and sheeting components, thereby ensuring any vehicle downtime is kept to the absolute minimum.

The ten new DAF LFs are each fitted with a HARSH HS14 skip unit which has been purpose – designed for use with top weight 4×2 chassis. Offering a maximum 14 tonnes lift capacity (10 tonnes at at the unit’s full 4250mm arm reach), Church will use these skiploaders primarily on residential and domestic duties with skips from 6 to 12 yrd capacity.

As is now standard on all HARSH skiploaders, traditional lever controls are now augmented by a hand – held wireless remote system that enables the vehicle’s driver to stand anywhere around the truck whilst loading or unloading the containers.

“This is a huge bonus to operating safety” says Tristan “as the driver can now have an unlimited 360 degree view all around the truck. In congested urban environments, where you typically have to work around narrow driveways and on-street parked cars, reducing any potential hazard to third parties is of major importance.”

Founded in 1974, M.J.Church is now one of the largest civil engineering, earthworks and waste management contractors in South West England. With five transfer stations, the company is able to handle a full range of waste products from both residential and industrial sources, whilst also placing maximum emphasis on both the recycling and re-use of waste products. With a key business aim of ‘zero to landfill’, M.J.Church sends as many unrecyclable products as possible to various ‘waste to energy’ facilities across their region.

Speaking for HARSH, Business Development Manager Harry Hustler comments “We are naturally delighted to have won our first major order from M.J.Church, and will endeavour to provide them with the highest level of service and after-sales support possible.

Working with major companies such as M.J.Church shows just how much HARSH is now in the UK mainstream for delivering top-flight products and support for the waste and recycling industries.”