Unique cab suspension convinces major East Midlands recycling operation to choose Merlo machine
MERLO’s unique telehandler cab suspension system, together with Super Cushion solid rubber tyres, has proven an irresistible combination for Stanton Recycling Ltd at their composting centre near Ilkeston, Derbyshire.
Explaining why he replaced one of three existing telehandlers with a 5.5-tonne capacity Panoramic P55.9 CS, operations manager Mick Clifton said: ‘This is a hard working environment – we receive up to 30 refuse wagons a day and the drivers can spend up to 9h in the cab.
‘Combining the cushioning effect of the CS cab with the puncture-proof SG tyres means we have the benefits of low downtime while protecting our drivers’ health and efficiency.’
Stanton Recycling receive local green waste, general domestic waste and will soon be receiving waste for total incineration. Some 75,000 tonnes arrive each year via refuse trucks, skip lorries and as trade waste.
The old iron works site at Ilkeston has been used by the company since 1974 and now employs nine staff who use three telehandlers and a grab-equipped excavator.
While cab suspension is a common feature on top-end tractors and haulage vehicles, only Merlo apply it to telehandlers. On start-up, a hydropneumatic ram lifts the cab by 60mm, while in operation there is 110mm of ram movement, significantly reducing the whole-body vibrations that are a major cause of back strains and injury at work.
Stanton Recycling have fitted puncture-proof SG Revolution Super Cushion solid tyres to all three of their telehandlers, including the new P55.9 CS, thereby eliminating the damage, downtime and replacement costs of conventional tyres.
One of the main tasks of the 8.6m lift height Merlo P55.9 CS is stockpiling and turning heaps of green waste, part of the process of sterilizing compost to PAS 100 standards.
The 140hp machine uses Merlo’s innovative EcoPowerDrive (EPD) transmission – designed to optimize power and economy. In some cases this has reduced fuel consumption by up to 25%, and Stanton Recycling say that they operate in ‘Eco’ mode most of the time, retaining the ‘Full Power’ mode for only the heaviest work.