ETS Truck and Van becomes Mercedes-Benz authorised repairer

The Blandford Forum branch of ETS Truck and Van in Dorset has become an official Mercedes-Benz Trucks authorised repairer, marking a return to the brand for the firm’s MD Colin Gale (left), after a 26-year hiatus.

The move follows ETS’s acquisition and refurbishment of an existing commercial vehicle maintenance facility on the same street. The site, which spans more than 0.5 acres, comprises a six-bay workshop with two pits, a parts department and offices.

Gale, who worked for Mercedes as a technician, service advisor, service manager and general manager between 1986 and 1994 before establishing ETS, approached the manufacturer after the closure of Marshall Truck and Van’s workshop in Poole. 

The group’s operations director and Gale’s son Darren (right) is responsible for the new site, supported by service manager James Lalor-Ricketts and group parts manager Ryan Parker. Employees of the workshop prior to its acquisition by ETS and from the former Marshall Poole business are also working at the new facility.

The workshop is open from 6am until 8pm on weekdays, from 7am until noon on Saturdays and also has a 24-hour service van for emergency roadside assistance.

“We’ve retained the overwhelming majority of customers who’d been using the Blandford facility and were ticking along quite nicely, despite the Covid-related disruption, but the chance to take a big step up by becoming an authorised repairer for Mercedes-Benz Trucks was one we didn’t want to pass up,” said Gale senior.

“The aim, as far as possible, is to be a one-stop shop for customers. To that end, there’s a dedicated ATF lane at our Poole workshop that can also be used to MoT test Blandford customers’ trucks, and we have introduced additional services at the new branch – such as tachograph installation and calibration and brake testing. We’re also aiming to add LOLER weight testing for tail-lifts and will continue to extend our offers as the business develops.”

Enviro-Clean takes delivery of a new Mercedes-Benz Arocs

Waste management and cleaning specialist Enviro-Clean has taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3258 for sewer, pipeline and drain cleaning duties.

It is fitted with a 15,000-litre stainless steel tank and a Wiedemann KW4500 liquid ring vacuum pump. The latter has a suction capacity of 4,500cu m per hour and can be deployed across a 180-degree range via a main boom and reel with 20m of suction hose. 

It also features an automatic continuous water recycling system and a URACA P4 pump, which can deliver 541 litres per minute at up to 175 bar and allows the operator to reuse water pumped from a sewer – rather than feeding directly from the drinking water supply – reducing water consumption and waste.

Supplied and serviced by dealer Western Commercial, it’s powered by a 580hp 15.6-litre engine, has a single front axle, a double-drive bogie and a steering axle at the rear, which is said to make it as manoeuvrable as a 6-wheeler.

“Fuel consumption is difficult to measure in a meaningful way for a truck like this, as the engine’s PTO (power take-off) also runs the auxiliary equipment,” said Enviro-Clean’s operations manager Mark Donaghy. “However, the powertrain of this Arocs makes it one of the most efficient vehicles we’ve ever had.

 “The steered back axle helps the driver to get in and out of tight spots and means the truck can access locations at which a standard 8x4 would struggle.

“Assuming full usage, it’s estimated that this could save up to 15 million litres of water per year and eliminate the carbon footprint of the industrial process that would be needed to replace that loss. Given that its capacity and power allows the Arocs to do the work of two or more vehicles, the potential for reducing the impact of our operations on the environment is considerable.”