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DAF, Bell, Dtec

North West scrap metal and recycling company Smith Metals, part of the One51 Group’s Clearcircle Environmental division, has purchased three of DAF’s new LF model trucks (pictured) to collect metal and other related waste materials.

Smith site manager Jason Wilson said: “Ours is a demanding business and we need trucks that are durable and reliable. The new LF model also looks good, which enhances our own image when they are at customer premises making pick-ups or out on the road.”

Fitted with Hyva skiploading equipment, each truck is making up to 10 drops a day, mainly carrying 8 cubic yard skips, which gives them a potential payload of up to nine tonnes. They have the flexibility to handle larger skips and containers of up to 16 cubic yards.

The new DAF LF FA Construction model has a nominal gross weight of 19 tonnes and is plated at 18 tonnes for UK operation. It is designed to meet a range of demanding duties in the building and waste management sectors with features such as a vertical exhaust, increased approach angle and higher ground clearance to cope better with challenging site conditions.

The 3.75 metre wheelbase LFs are fitted with Hyva 2012XL skip loading equipment with a 12 tonne lift capacity. This has telescopic side arms which can lift up to 12 tonnes at a reach of 2.95 metres when closed, and 8.0 tonnes at 4.4 metres when extended. For increased flexibility when lifting a skip at an angle, the arms can be operated independently as can the rear stabiliser jacks.

Power for the DAFs is from the new 6.7 litre PACCAR PX-7 engine, with Smith Metals opting for the 220 horsepower (164 kw) rated version of the six-cylinder Euro 6 engine.

Other features include a revised dashboard layout and electrically heated mirrors to cope with adverse weather conditions.

Premier Waste has purchased a 1706 wheeled loader from Bell Equipment as part of its fleet renewal. The waste management company has used Bell loaders for the past three years. Operations manager Mark Jones said the decision to stay with Bell was based on “build quality, machine versatility and service”.

The loader will be used at the company’s six-acre site close to the centre of Birmingham, where it will be used to separate commercial, industrial and demolition waste for recycling. 

One of the key features of Bell wheeled loaders is its QuadCool technology – supplied as standard on its wheeled loaders. This is proven to combat the risk of dust build-up, in order to prevent the engine from overheating, reduce downtime and reduce the frequency of cleaning routines.

High specification of the wheeled loaders was cited as a key reason for choosing Bell. Jones said: “Unlike some other manufacturers, there are no hidden extras with Bell, and the loader comes complete with all bells and whistles as standard.”

Premier’s new 1706 is specified with a high-tip bucket to enable it to reach all areas of the site, removing the need for the company to use an excavator for certain applications.

Dtec Manufacturing, a recent start-up company in Walsall, has bought ABB robots and ancillary equipment from a GKN Land Systems site clearance through machinery merchant Riley Surface World.  

The robots were formerly used for mig, spot and projection welding of commercial vehicle chassis. Dtec co-director Tony Leaver said the acquisition of the robots, at a small fraction of their market value, will enable the firm to double its output from 10 to 20 skips per day.

Dtec’s directors all have backgrounds in materials handling and started their own manufacturing facility, specialising in the production of tipping skips, both light and heavy duty, and forklift attachments such as snow ploughs, scoops, cranes and other forms of lifting gear.

One of its exclusive products is the Tele-Skip which can be locked to a forklift remotely from the driver’s cab, with no need for manual handling or retaining chains. Products can be customised to meet specific requirements.

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