Mone Bros benefits with long-term Harsh policy01 March 2018

Yorkshire-based tipper operator Mone Bros has taken delivery of five new Scania 8x4s, all equipped with Harsh tipping gears – a policy the operator has maintained for more than three decades.

Four are standard tippers, the other is a tipper grab, and all have Harsh underfloor tipping gears. As well as stability and safety, Mone Bros director Phil Mone says the equipment offers added benefits in terms of practicality and productivity.

“A key bonus is that one man can change a ram on his own,” he says. “The process takes less than two hours, whereas with a front-end gear the entire cylinder has to come apart with the use of a crane, which effectively means the truck is off the road for most of the day.

“A second benefit is that we’re using the same design of tipping gear across both our standard tippers and tipper grabs, which again makes things a lot easier for the workshop.”

Reduced downtime has been proven, adds Mone: “While they cost a bit more at the outset, that sum is repaid many times over during their working lives.

“The tipping gear is only a very small part of the price of the whole vehicle, so it makes no sense at all to have anything but the best. It’s the integrity of the whole truck that really matters most.”

Ady Wood, driver of the new tipper grab truck, says the Harsh kit gives “an extra margin of safety” on any ground surface.

Laura Cork

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