What is your product?
Enviro wheel washing systems from Garic.
How does it work?
The technology thoroughly cleans vehicle wheels and chassis, so reducing the spread of dust, dirt and, in some instances, disease. Self-contained jet washers spray the wheels and chassis at different angles with large volumes of water at high pressure. The jets are activated automatically by a magic eye. Water is collected in the system’s lagoon, filtered and reused.
The units are standalone and can be powered by diesel or electricity.
Where would it ideally be used?
The wheel washers are suitable for use at landfill sites, refuse depots, construction projects, quarries and railway maintenance yards – anywhere where vehicles get dirty or contaminated.
How is it different?
The technology has been adapted for a range of applications. For example, it can provide ultra-high powered jet washers that spray huge volumes of water and rumble road sections for heavy-duty sites, as well as reduced-size units for smaller vehicles.
What benefits does it offer?
In addition to a number of flexible adaptations, the washer systems are all available as ‘elevated’ or ‘dug in’ units, which means with or without ramps. So if a client wishes to install a washing system on a tarmacked area, a system can be provided with ramps that simply sits on the ground. But if space is limited and the ground is suitable, Garic can alleviate the need for ramps and submerge the wheel washer so that it is at ground level.
Where has it been used?
A specially adapted wheel washing system was developed for Sita UK to use at a particularly tricky landfill location, which was steeply sloping and very muddy. Garic installed a dual system consisting of an unpowered prewash drive-through with rumble road, to vibrate and agitate the chassis, shaking the larger solids off and into the wheel washer’s water collecting lagoon. The vehicles then passed through a self-contained powered jet wheel washer, which blasted off the remaining dirt and debris.
Prices range from £37,000 to £50,000 to buy, and start at £350 a week for hire. Any savings? The biggest savings are to the environment, particularly for workers and people living close to a site. There are also cost savings: by cleaning vehicles on-site in this way, companies will not need to employ a jet washer to hose down vehicles or a road sweeper at £200-£300 a day. What about maintenance? The systems are simple and fast to maintain. Depending on the number of vehicles passing through and the state of the site, the water lagoon will need emptying every two to three weeks, while the engine and pumps require servicing every 500 hours or around every 10 weeks. Garic provides a full maintenance service for all hired equipment.
What is its life span?
Ten years, on average. How is it future-proofed? Garic is continually adapting to help clients. For example, it recently altered a system to accommodate a council’s smaller waste collection vehicles and road sweepers.
Any future applications?
The company is seeing an increase in sales for the range of wheel washers as contractors gear up to meet more stringent planning conditions and more companies embrace their environmental responsibilities. How many have you sold and where? In the past 12 months, 15 units have been sold and currently more than 50 units are out on hire.