Gillet commissions Mercedes Benz Skiploaders07 February 2023

?Gillet Mercedes Benz Skiploaders The Arocs 18-tonners all represent extensions to a fleet in which Mercedes-Benz was already the dominant brand.

Lancashire-based waste management specialist Gillett Environmental has commissioned the first two trucks from a clutch of six Mercedes-Benz skiploaders, one of which is equipped with MirrorCam.

MirrorCam is an alternative to conventional mirrors.

The company operates on a national basis but trades locally as Lytham St Annes Skip Hire. Supplied by Ciceley Commercials, its latest Arocs 18-tonners all represent extensions to a fleet in which Mercedes-Benz was already the dominant brand.

Director Joe Gillett recalled: “Prior to placing our order we trialled one of Ciceley Commercials’ demonstration units for a couple of weeks and gave it to one of our longest-serving drivers, who loved the Arocs and was very positive about MirrorCam. He was pleasantly surprised at the level of enhanced visibility, as well as the reduced fatigue he felt after a day’s work in the truck.”

Relayed to screens mounted on the A-pillars inside the cab, the images from the roof-mounted cameras are said to remain clear, even when it’s raining, so drivers no longer have to wipe water and road debris from standard wing mirrors. The absence of conventional mirror housing is expected to eliminate forward-face blind spots.

Gillett Environmental’s new Arocs vehicles are the subject of a Daimler Truck financial services contract hire agreement, under which they will be inspected and maintained by the workshop team at Ciceley Commercials’ flagship Blackburn branch.

The trucks employ 7.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engines that produce 175 kW (238 hp) and are paired with eight-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmissions.

The Arocs range was designed for construction-related applications and the muscular chassis were additionally specified with factory sun visors and protective headlamp grilles. Their skiploading gear, meanwhile, is being supplied and fitted by Hyva UK, of Stretford, Manchester.

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