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Machines prove worth in harsh recycling environment

2000 hyundai mercian recycling hl760 9 a

Mercian Skip Hire, based on Kings Norton, Birmingham, has a transfer station that currently processes 25,000-30,000 tonnes a year of commercial, industrial and construction waste, with 98% of it being recovered and recycled.

The company has recently invested in eight Hyundai/Scania skip wagons, supplied by local dealer Molson Group, with plans to expand its operator’s licence so it can increase the size of the fleet to meet a growing demand for skips.

The oldest Hyundai on the fleet is an R 210LC-9 hydraulic excavator, which feeds shredded material on to an MK Group FBS1200 feeder belt to feed a STS920 trommel screen.

The newest machine is a six-month-old HX220L hydraulic excavator, fitted with a fixed demo-style grab mounted via a Geith fully automatic hydraulic quick hitch which it uses to load the shredder. When not performing this task, the machine is often deployed with a bulk digging bucket to load the company’s inert soil processing screener elsewhere in the yard.

The machine is powered by a Tier 4-compliant six-cylinder Cummins QSB 6.7 engine which is downrated to 136kw (183hp) at 1,950rpm. It has been supplied in full demo/waste spec, with beefed up side skirt protection, cab guard cage on the front and roof, thicker belly plate, turret guard and strengthened track motor guards.

The prime movers around the yard are a pair of Hyundai HL760-9A wheeled loading shovels (pictured) which are factory fitted to waste handler specification. This model includes uprated heavy-duty axles for improved performance under load and frequent braking, front and rear window guards and a heavy duty rear grill guard.

Tipping the scales at just over 20 tonnes, the HL760-9A’s take their power from a six-cylinder Stage 3B emissions-compliant Cummins QSB6.7 water-cooled electronic diesel engine, which offers a net power output rating of 166kW (222hp) at 2,100rpm.

Site manager Stephen Shiels commented: “It is well known that machines deployed into the waste sector take a beating, such is the harsh nature of the environment, but these Hyundais have proved to be more than up to the challenge.”

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