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More Bell ADTs for Gravelle Plant

Bell B30E articulated dumptruck

Plant hire firm purchases four Bell B30E articulated dumptrucks as part of fleet upgrade

DYFED-based Gravelle Plant have expanded their fleet of articulated dumptrucks with the addition of four new Bell B30E machines to complement the company’s previous order for seven pre-owned Bell D-series ADTs in 2013.

Gravelle say they have experienced a recent surge in orders, with fleet expansion required to accommodate supply to construction and excavation projects from Scotland to Cornwall.

As a result, the need for ADTs  has increased substantially, as managing director Peter Gravelle explained: ‘Our latest purchases with Bell could not have come at a better time. We’ve kept our eyes on the manufacturer over the years, as we’ve had some exceptional machines from them in the past, each of which has proven itself throughout its working lifetime.

‘With our recent need to expand, it made sense to look closer at what Bell had to offer, particularly with regard to brake engineering.’

Mr Gravelle highlighted how the varying conditions his machines perform in can have a harsh effect on the brake systems of the ADTs and their mechanics. Taking the opportunity to consider improved design options, he looked at the Bell B30E model and made a decision to purchase four ADTs with twin-board brake systems.

‘The design of the Bell B30E includes a hydraulic transmission retarder which is powerful enough to significantly reduce brake use,’ he continued. ‘This, in effect, can extend the pad life by up to five times. The machines also feature wet disc brakes as standard, which can reduce vehicular running costs.’

Responding to Gravelle’s positive experience, Richard Higgot, sales and marketing manager for Bell Equipment UK, said: ‘We’re always delighted to hear that our machines have performed to such high standards, that their reputations are further enhanced. Knowing that the design of our ADTs in this instance, regarding the brake systems, has satisfied beyond expectation is a positive testimonial indeed.’

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