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Loaders work in high dust

Wood products manufacturer Bodens has extended its use of Bell wheeled loaders with a new L1806E and a used L2606E, which join the company’s existing L1506E purchased in 2013 at its processing centre in Manchester.

The latter has been used mainly in sheds, but the latest additions will be working in the company’s yard, loading up to 200 trucks per day.

The investment was driven by a need to source vehicles capable of performing within the operation’s dust-filled environment, where wood waste is converted into biomass fuel, sawdust and woodchip.

The dust created in preparing its wood materials, combined with heat from continuous engine use, can quickly clog radiators and lead to the loaders overheating.

Bodens Group operations manager Alan Whitrow said: “There are high expectations placed on the machines. Each is given a long, heavy workload, within what can only be described as challenging conditions. Given our high daily throughput, we need machines that not only deal with the dust, but can also make the grade when it comes to fuel efficiency.

“The success we’ve achieved with our first Bell loader meant that it made sense to return to QuadCool technology.”

QuadCool works by compartmentalising the radiator technology by incorporating fine mesh pre-filters and wide core radiators. This ensures that dust bypasses the radiators, which helps to avoid build-up and extends the periods between cleaning operations.

QuadCool technology also includes an automatic reversing fan to blow accumulated debris away from the radiators and minimise the frequency of cleaning.

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