Bespoke Harsh 12t skiploader for McCarthy Marland15 March 2021

Running over a dozen various models of skiploaders and hookloaders, Bristol-based McCarthy Marland nonetheless identified a particular skiploader specification that would further add to its overall fleet productivity. Unfortunately though, no skiploader manufacturer could offer such a product off the shelf.

McCarthy’s requirement was unusual. The skiploader bodywork had to be small enough to fit on a 12t gvw chassis, yet big enough to handle and tip-off the rear hooks - a maximum size 12cu.yd skip container.

McCarthy Marland director Martin Williams said: “For working around housing estates, typically where you also find heavily congested car parking, an 18 tonner is just too big. If we are dropping skips off in driveways, an 18t tonner also sticks out too far into the road, thereby blocking traffic. In contrast a smaller, shorter 12 tonner is just ideal. It’s also much more manoeuvrable too, making it easier operate and therefore achieving a faster work rate. But we also wanted our 12 tonner to be able to handle really big 12cu.yd bins too, whether just for dropping off empty ones or else coming back laden with a typical low - weight payload such as cardboard, plastics or general household rubbish.”

To meet this specification, HARSH built a unit with an extra 200mm deck length, fitted to a MAN chassis. The HT10 model is offered with a range of options including hand held remote control and sheeting. The completed truck has an unladen weight of 6,500kg.

Williams adds: “We really like the fact that this little skipoader can still drop off any size of empty bin if our bigger 18 tonners are out working elsewhere. This HARSH truck really does give us something extra, and fully proves the validity of the lighter 12t vehicle in urban operations.”

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