Hanson says the truck/rear-steer trailer configuration – unusual for UK mixer operations – is proving highly effective in boosting delivery volumes and cutting the number of rigid mixer trucks on the road.
The operator is now considering a fleet-wide shift to the truck/trailer combination after successful in-service trials across the UK.
The DAF CF was selected for its low kerb weight – 16,500kg – and ability to deliver to tight-access construction sites.
Hanson worked with Evans Halshaw on the spec: the dealer’s “willingness to engineer a total transport solution was key for us in selecting the CF six-wheeler,” says Tim Sage, Hanson’s regional transport manager.
“We’ve traditionally used 6x4 and 8x4 mixers which give us 6-metre and 7.5-metre volumes respectively,” explains Sage.
“This new artic configuration, however, can carry 12 cubic metres on certain products, potentially doubling the carrying capacity on one vehicle, and halving the number of vehicle journeys.”
He adds: “The tractor/mixer-trailer combination is not new, but the DAF and Muldoon-McPhee set-up utilises the Euro VI engine’s PTO to power the drum rather than a separate donkey engine, thereby cutting emissions and noise as well as improving payload, thus maximising environmental benefits.”
Hanson is a FORS Gold operator and its DAF CF has a lower window in the passenger door to improve visibility of cyclists and pedestrians.