ASH gets lowdown with first Mercedes-Benz Econic 05 April 2012

A purpose-designed, low-entry cab and highly rated dealer back-up has tempted ASH Waste Services to invest in its first Mercedes-Benz truck.

The 6x4 Econic 2629LL was supplied to the Wrexham-based recycling specialist by Deeside dealer Road Range Commercials.

It is powered by a 290bhp, 7.2-litre Euro 5 engine which, as with all Mercedes-Benz Econics, drives through an Allison six-speed automatic gearbox with cruise control.

The chassis rides on air suspension all round, while the Mercedes-Benz Axle Load Indicator system, connected to each individual airbag, monitors the vehicle's load and helps the operator stay safe and legal.

Together, ASH Waste Services and sister operation Alan's Skip Hire run a fleet of 65 trucks. "Historically we've sourced our vehicles from another manufacturer, so this represents a bold step for us," states Neil Hassall, a director of both firms. "But we're confident it's the right move."

Key to the Econic's appeal, he says, was its comfortable and user-friendly low-entry cab. "We've held discussions with our staff and feel the easily accessed cab will prove safer, more efficient and easier to use," comments Hassall.

"It's a very ergonomic layout, with deep windscreen, low floor and high ceiling, and a bus-style bi-fold door on the passenger side," he explains.

John Challen

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