Harsh provides de-mount skip loader on hooklift chassis17 August 2020

Recycling haulier May Glass Recycling of Rainham has just put into service a vehicle that doubles either as a hookloader or as a skiploader, whether for 26t solo or 44t drawbar operation, thanks to Harsh demountable skiploader bodywork.

May Glass Recycling’s base vehicle is a 6x2 Volvo FM fitted with conventional hookloader bodywork. HARSH has then built a bespoke demountable skiploader unit that can be loaded onto the truck as if it was a standard hookloader container. The hydraulics to operate the skiploader are then simply connected into the truck’s existing system. The whole process takes a little over five minutes.

“Now we have two trucks in one,” says May Glass Recycling director Fred Sendall. “It can go and collect any type of bin or skip out there. Better still, this versatility is doubled again when pulling a trailer, so we can have any combination of skip or container right across the whole vehicle. This extra versatility and productivity actually means we can delete two older vehicles from our fleet with their work now being done just with the new Harsh unit.”

One of the specialities of carrying waste glass in skips is that the skips themselves need to be longer than a standard builder’s skip - this to ensure that the product sits lower in the skip, thereby preventing any blow - away out of the top. May Glass Recycling’s skips therefore have a 10yd3 capacity, which in turn meant that HARSH would need to build a bespoke unit to carry them. When operating in full drawbar mode, one skip is carried on the truck, with another two on a triaxle trailer.

William Dalrymple

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