Glencoe Plant Services’ has put its first skiploader based on a low-entry Mercedes Econic into use. Part of the Masterson Holdings Group, GPS works from premises in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.
The new 18-tonner was supplied by S&B Commercials and is being inspected and maintained under a five-year Mercedes Complete Service Contract at the Dealer’s workshop in Welham Green, Hertfordshire.
The Econic 1830L is powered by a 299hp 7.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine which drives through a 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmission. It is fitted with Hyva skiploading gear.
GPS runs a fleet of a dozen other trucks, most of them Scania eight-wheel tippers and six-wheelers with cranes. However, the two 26-tonners it has purchased in the last couple of years from truck-mounted concrete pump specialist Schwing, are also Mercs.
The company is a dedicated provider of plant and equipment to sister companies; carpentry and joinery business Atlantic, and Getjar, which specialises in groundworks and reinforced concrete frames. Both work predominantly in London and the Home Counties.
Plant Manager Damian Kilcoyne said: “Having previously put the skip work out to sub-contractors, we saw an opportunity to gain more control and increase efficiency by purchasing our own vehicle for collecting construction waste material from sites and taking it to recycling centres.
“Given that this truck will spend so much of its time in and around London, an Econic was the obvious choice. Safety and compliance were our top priorities, and having driven and learned about the vehicle at an event hosted by the manufacturer we were confident the low-entry Mercedes represented the best way forward.
“The great all-round visibility offered by the Econic’s cab can only help to make the roads safer for vulnerable road users. The fact that our driver can see so much more means that time spent at the wheel is less stressful for him, while the vehicle’s low height and easy cross-cab access also enhances health and safety because he can always choose the best side from which to exit.”