Hydraulics specialist Harsh has supplied May Glass Recycling with a vehicle that doubles as both a hook-loader and a skip-loader.
Based on a five-year-old 6x2 Volvo FM, the truck’s hook-loader body has been fitted with a demountable skip-loader unit that can be loaded onto the vehicle as though it were a standard hook-loader container.
Harsh said the loading and connecting process takes a little over five minutes, and the vehicle can be used for 26-tonne solo or 44-tonne drawbar operations. One skip is carried on the truck and the other two on a tri-axle trailer when the vehicle operates in full drawbar mode.
Waste glass skips are required to be longer than the industry standard to allow the material to sit lower, May’s typically having a 10cu yard capacity.
“Now we have two trucks in one,” said May’s director Fred Sendall. “It can go and collect any type of bin or skip out there. Better still, this versatility is doubled again when pulling a trailer, so we can have any combination of skip or container right across the whole vehicle.
“This extra versatility and productivity actually mean we can delete two older vehicles from our fleet with their work now being done just with the new unit… it’s also great that we can effectively give a new lease of life to an existing five-year-old truck.”