Speedy speeds productivity with rear-steer DAF 07 April 2011

A new DAF drawbar outfit that can carry several pieces of plant or site cabins is helping improve productivity at plant hire firm Speedy – thanks to its ability to get in and out of tight spots.

The bespoke specification was worked out between Speedy, dealer Lancashire DAF and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions.

After selecting the longest wheelbase available for the DAF CF85 in its rear-steer four-axle 8x2 configuration (7.1m), bodybuilder PPS Commercials fitted a 6.55m flatbed body.

The choice of the FAX rear-steer CF85 truck makes it easier to use at sites where space is restricted. The axle self steers at low speeds but is locked in the straight position once above crawling speed.

"[The new DAF] is already proving to be a very efficient truck to operate and will help us to improve the service we offer to our customers," says Ian Leonard, Speedy director.

"We always need to find ways to improve every aspect or our operation to optimise the use of our many thousands of high value items of plant and machinery. This DAF will help us to do that," he continues.

The new DAF is based at Speedy's Foston depot, near Derby. From here it makes up to four drops and collections a day throughout the north of England up to the Scottish border and across the Midlands. It's expected to cover around 100,000km a year.

John Challen

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