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New bespoke TA300 articulated hauler for Clearwater

Terex TA300 hauler

Terex Trucks’ 30-tonne machine helps increase productivity at Scottish waste-recycling centre

THANKS to its specially designed high-volume waste body, a customized TA300 articulated hauler from Terex Trucks is making light work of clearing waste at a recycling centre in Ayrshire, Scotland. 

Glasgow-based Clearwater are one of the UK’s leading waste-management operators. Covering many major towns and cities across England and Scotland, the company’s fleet consists of various machines, including articulated haulers, tracked and wheeled excavators, and backhoe loaders.

When Clearwater wanted to offer a customer a more cost-effective service by increasing an articulated hauler’s productivity, they approached Terex Trucks. 

‘One of our customers was contracted to work at a large recycling and resource management facility in East Ayrshire,’ said Graeme Hughes, contracts manager at Clearwater. ‘As such, they needed a 30-tonne class articulated hauler with a high-capacity waste body. We discussed this with Grant Maclaine of TDL Equipment [UK dealer for Terex Trucks] and quickly learned the Motherwell-based factory could design and build a bespoke dump body for us.’

Grant Maclaine, TDL Equipment’s regional sales manager for Scotland, added: ‘Given that waste material is generally much lighter than muck or quarry stone payloads, we were able to increase the TA300’s standard heaped carrying capacity from 17.5 cubic metres to an impressive 27.7 cubic metres, which equates to an estimated payload of just 12 tonnes of low-density waste. 

‘This additional carrying capacity helps to lower the cost per cubic metre moved. We also added a large dump body canopy, similar to that found on a rigid hauler, to increase safety.’

The TA300 modification project took two months to complete and every factor was taken into consideration, from ride comfort and operational costs to performance and service backup. According to Terex Trucks, the articulated hauler has recently been updated with a new transmission, resulting in improvements in fuel efficiency, productivity and performance.

The hauler’s fuel-efficient Scania DC9 engine produces 370hp at 1,880Nm and meets the requirements of EU and North American emissions legislation without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

The TA300 machine has fully enclosed, oil-cooled, multi-disc brakes on all six wheels, supported by the engine brake and transmission retarder, giving the operator maximum control and increasing safety and stability while providing a low-cost operation.

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