Specialised R 500 for Stirling’s Scot Heating 06 January 2012

Scot Heating has taken delivery of a specialised Scania R 500 LB8x2*6HSA drawbar unit, with triple steer axles.

The 44 tonne gross train weight vehicle is being used by the environmentally friendly heating systems supplier to deliver biomass, fuel in the form of wood chips and wood pellets, to customers nationwide.

"Our experience of Scania goes back to a previous company, Snowie Holdings, which we owned until 2005," explains Scot Heating Company's Calum Snowie.

"At that time, 75% of our 200-strong fleet was Scania. So, with a proven track record, there was little doubt that we would go for Scania."

For flexibility, this vehicle carries a bulk body for wood chips as well as a bulk tank for wood pellets – both of which are demountable to enable either container to be left on site while the truck continues to make deliveries with the other.

Loading and off-loading of the containers is handled by an on-board Multilift hookloader. After dropping the prime mover's container, the hook hauls the drawbar trailer's container onto the truck bed ready for off-loading.

The truck also has on-board suction and blower equipment, manufactured by Tropper of Austria, which is used to load and unload wood chips and wood pellets.

Completing the picture, in terms of flexibility, the vehicle's 8x2*6 wheelplan features three steering axles (first, second and fourth), specified for manoeuvrability when delivering into locations with restricted access.

"This vehicle is the result of a six-month development programme carried out by my father, Malcolm, myself and our key suppliers Scania Bellshill, Logan Inglis/Multilift and Tropper of Austria," comments Snowie.

Brian Tinham

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