Cedartone trailer reaches 500,000km with one brake pad change 27 January 2012
Trailer rental and management firm Cedartone says it has dispelled the myth that disc brakes are uneconomical on fleet and rental trailers.
It cites one of its four-and-a-half-year-old reefers which, in more than half a million kilometres (310,685 miles), has only required one new set of brake pads.
The East Midlands-based company says the 26-pallet, 13.6m tri-axle Schmitz Cargobull reefer was a cost-effective and reliable investment that has served a long-term rental contract on national and regional distribution operations for up to six days a week.
"A fridge trailer to a small company like ours is a significant upfront investment," comments Cedartone owner Stuart Robinett.
"Prudent cost management is essential; what may be a modest problem to some fleets may be something that costs me a disproportionate amount of money," he continues.
"Given the high mileage, the minimal maintenance the trailer has needed certainly disputes the view that disc brake systems are more costly to run [than] traditional drum brakes. In its four and a half years of continuous use, the trailer has not suffered any mechanical or structural failures, which is very impressive."
Schmitz Cargobull (UK) Ltd
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