Supplied through Lancashire DAF, and acquired through PACCAR Financial, the eight new dry spreaders will enter service with Egis to ensure the maintenance of the M40 motorway during the winter months. Full winter maintenance bodywork was designed and fitted by Econ, providing a 10-tonne payload.
Vehicles feature a rear inspection platform with three-point contact access ladder, with full safety rails allowing load-bay inspection and body wash-out at the end of each shift. The spreader is controlled using Econ’s own Spargo Touch Control and E-drive navigation systems, allowing the operator to control the spreader manually or, if required, allowing the E-drive to control the process through automated gritting on a pre-programmed route. Spreading capacity is road-speed-related to permit rapid deployment on the motorway up to 45mph.
Steve Sinnott, sales manager, Econ Engineering Ltd., said: “When evaluating the fleet replacements, we looked at all available options and when it came down to the final shortlist, the combination of a 10-tonne payload, standard specification, chassis versatility, fuel economy, and then the deal through PACCAR Financial, meant DAF was the clear choice.”
“Due to the special nature of the equipment, we will continue to provide round-the-clock service and maintenance of the vehicle bodywork thanks to our network of mobile engineers ensuring the trucks are always operational no matter the weather.”
Econ Engineering boasts a fleet in excess of 800 vehicles, half of which are DAF, making them a proven performer in the harsh operating environments in which they are required.