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Liebherr TA 230 is the ‘Real Mackay’

Liebherr TA 230 articulated dumptruck

Scottish contractor gives four new articulated dumptrucks tough baptism on haul road project

THE first of Liebherr’s new articulated dumptrucks to arrive in Scotland have gone into service with long-term customer Edward MacKay, and the contractor believes the manufacturer has got it spot-on with the latest TA 230 model.

‘I’ve not had the chance to drive the new truck but just looking at it, they have designed one of the best-looking and most well-engineered trucks on the market,’ said managing director Eddie Mackay.

Plant and transport manager Dean Ross also gave the vehicles the thumbs-up. ‘There are going to be little niggles as there always is with new kit, but the design of the TA 230 seems to give us what we require in terms of build quality. It also gives the operators what they need in a comfortable and easy-to-use truck.’

The four TA 230s were given a tough baptism near Lochgilphead in Argyll where the contractor is involved in a project to upgrade overhead power lines. The haul along forest tracks is a 30-minute round trip.

‘We are probably at the furthest point of the haul now, so it will be a good test of the new trucks to see how they cope with long, laden journeys,’ said Eddie Mackay. ‘The ground underfoot is good, so that shouldn’t be an issue, but it will be a test for the operators.’

Edward Mackay were appointed to build access roads through the forests to allow contractors to build a line of new pylons. ‘Our task is to win material locally and build the haul roads in a particular section,’ continued Mr Mackay. ‘Once the construction work is completed, we then have to remove most of the roads back to the borrow pit. We undertake everything from the soil strip through the blasting process to the load, haul, and removal of the material.’

On completion of the initial phase of construction, the four new Liebherrs joined several other trucks hauling material from the roads back to the borrow pit where a Liebherr R 956 is used to stockpile the incoming material.

All four trucks were supplied with tailgates for the 18.1 cubic metre bodies, allowing them to haul loose material without concerns about losing too much material on steep climbs. The exhaust-heated body is standard, as is an auto-greasing system. A full array of LED lights illuminates the front, sides and rear, and ‘delayed access’ lighting allows for safe operator entry and exit during darker months.

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