Waste-management firm bolsters vehicle fleet with two new 18-tonne Arocs
LANCASHIRE-based Gillett Environmental have commissioned the first two trucks from a batch of six new Mercedes-Benz skiploaders ordered to support the company’s ambitious growth strategy.
The waste-management specialist operates on a national basis but trades locally as Lytham St Annes Skip Hire. Supplied by Ciceley Commercials, the new Arocs all represent extensions to a vehicle fleet in which Mercedes-Benz continues to be the dominant brand. The skiploaders are all 1824 variants with ClassicSpace M-cabs and twin-screen multimedia cockpit dashboards, which are intuitively easy to use.
The Mercedes-Benz Arocs are powered by 7.7-litre engines that produce 175kW (238hp) and are paired with eight-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmissions. The skiploading equipment has been supplied and fitted by Hyva UK.
The Arocs range are specially designed for construction-related applications and the robust chassis on Gillett Environmental’s trucks have additionally been specified with factory sun visors and protective headlamp grilles.
In a first for the waste operator, one of the two Arocs already in service is equipped with MirrorCam, the manufacturer’s ground-breaking alternative to conventional mirrors. It is expected that three of the new skiploaders for Gillett Environmental on order will feature MirrorCam.
Company director Joe Gillett commented: ‘Prior to placing our order we trialled one of Ciceley Commercials’ demonstration units for a couple of weeks and gave it to one of our longest-serving drivers, who loved the Arocs and was very positive about MirrorCam. He was pleasantly surprised at the level of enhanced visibility, as well as the reduced fatigue he felt after a day’s work in the truck.’