MKW, the waste management company for Aurich, Germany, has been using Allison automatic transmission-equipped DAF CF 75 side-loaders since 2011.
Carsten Appelhoff, technical fleet manager, said: “The vehicles endure tough operating conditions, with more than 1,000 stops per shift. An automated manual transmission would have the greatest difficulties.”
The latest addition, with Faun Sidepress body, was put into service only a few weeks ago. The 26-tonne vehicles with a steered rear axle and 10.8-litre engine empty the refuse bins of 100,000 households in a rural region in a one-person operation. The vehicles accumulate annual mileage of approximately 30,000km.
“Our decision to go for fully automatic transmissions has paid off,” said Appelhoff. “In a nine-hour work shift we are able to empty around 1,200 refuse bins and in individual cases, we even empty 1,500.
“And the only required maintenance for the transmissions is a routine oil and filter change.”
Allison transmissions use a patented torque converter instead of a traditional dry clutch, eliminating the need for traditional repair and replacement.
The torque converter smoothly multiplies engine torque during start-up and acceleration, and provides the drivetrain protection against torque shock and vibrations.