Page 10 - Contractors World - UK & Ireland Edition Vol 2 No 7

Page 10
Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 2 No 7
Mr Christian probably needs less practice than most operators. He came second overall in last year’s Case Rodeo,
the operator challenge hosted at the company’s Customer Centre in Paris, where he won the Backhoe and Skid-Steer
categories against competition from all over Europe.
At P&H Civils, the company’s new 695ST which was delivered in late July is now working on one of the UK’s major
infrastructure projects - the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) in Scotland, where the company is carrying out drainage
This machine replaced a three-year-old 695ST which Dennis Barnfield took back in part-exchange. “P&H like the 695ST
and update their fleet regularly, so we supplied them with the new Tier 4 Interim model” explains Barnfield director
Graham Barnfield. “Both of these customers run Case 360 degree excavators and other Case plant, and these employ the
same pilot controls as their new backhoes.
This means that an operator can climb out of one machine and jump straight into another and feel right at home.
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Winning combination for recycling operation
Merlo’s unique telehandler cab suspension system, together with Super Cushion solid rubber tyres, has proven a
convincing combination for Stanton Recycling Ltd, at their composting centre near Ilkeston.
Operations Manager, Mick Clifton, explains why he has replaced one of three existing telehandlers with a 5.5 tonne
capacity Merlo Panoramic P55.9 CS, “This is a hard working environment – we receive up to 30 refuse wagons a day –
and the drivers can spend up to nine hours in the cab. Combining the cushioning effect of the CS cab with the puncture-
proof SG tyres means we have the benefits of low downtime whilst protecting our drivers’ health and efficiency.”
Stanton Recycling receives local green waste, general domestic waste and will soon be receiving waste for total
incineration. Some 75,000 tonnes arrive each year via refuse trucks, skip lorries and as trade waste. The Old Iron Works
site at Ilkeston has been used by the company since 1974 and now employs 9 staff and uses three telehandlers and a
grab-equipped excavator feeding a Doppstadt SM-518 screen.
Whilst cab suspension is a common fitting on top end tractors and haulage vehicles, only Merlo applies it to
telehandlers. On start-up, a hydropneumatic ram lifts the cab by 60 mm and in operation there is 110 mm of ram
movement, massively reducing whole body vibrations, a major cause of back strains and injury at work.
Stanton Recycling has fitted SG Revolution Super Cushion solid tyres to all its telehandlers. Completely puncture-
proof, Mick Clifton calls these the ‘Fit and Forget’ tyres as this is pretty much what they do! He claims little difference in
ride compared with foam-filled pneumatics and the damage, downtime and replacement costs of conventional tyres is
One of the main tasks of the 8.6m lift height telehandler is stockpiling and turning heaps of green waste, part of the
process of sterilising compost to PAS 100 standards. Driver Russell said that the hydrostatic transmission took a little
getting used to but ‘no way’ would he go back to his previous telehandler now!
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