H.E. Services (Plant Hire) Ltd, the UK’s largest specialist excavator hire company, is making strategic upgrades to its commercial vehicle fleet. This initiative involves the acquisition of several 18-tonne GVW rigids equipped with beavertail bodies. These new trucks, boasting a 10-tonne payload capacity, are well-suited for transporting a wide range of small to midsize plant hire equipment. Machinery such as diggers, telehandlers, and rollers are available at their 10 nationwide depots. These additions significantly enhance overall operational versatility.
Tailored for Excellence
The new fleet comprises vehicles mounted on DAF LF chassis with a 5000mm wheelbase and features 6900mm Charlton PlantLite bodies. These bodies are thoughtfully designed with a galvanised steel subframe, a heavy-duty meshed headboard, and a hardwood floor replete with recessed lashing points. Moreover, they are equipped with cut-outs for regular and red diesel fuel tanks. The rear ramps are made of steel and hardwood, measuring 2500mm in length and 1000mm in width. Offering electric/hydraulic raise/lower functionality via a full radio remote control system. The bodies also feature an electronic winch with full remote control for added convenience.
Prioritising Safety and Practicality
To maximise operational safety, H.E. Services’ new Charlton PlantLite bodies come with hydraulically operated stability legs sporting extra-wide feet. They also feature a user-friendly dual-height fall arrest webbing system and a retractable rear step. The addition of dual high-capacity storage toolboxes and a comprehensive array of rope hooks, lashing points, and work lamps ensures practicality and convenience.
Tailored Solutions for Enhanced Service
Peter Durey, Managing Director of H.E. Services, underscores the value of these new additions. Stating, “By being able to carry almost every item in our plant hire inventory, these new trucks will give our depots a significantly higher level of operating versatility. In turn, we can now deliver enhanced levels of service and increased responsiveness to customer requirements.”
One key benefit has been the ability to collaborate with Charlton and develop a tailored bodywork specification that perfectly aligns with their needs. This joint project has yielded impressive results, satisfying the requirements of both parties.
Driving Efficiency and Manoeuvrability
These new trucks, now stationed at H.E. Services depots across the UK, have received acclaim from their drivers. They have proven invaluable for transporting loads to sites that previously required artic delivery. The increased manoeuvrability of the 4×2 rigids expedites the delivery and collection of plant equipment at customer premises, significantly enhancing vehicle utilisation and operational efficiency.
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All information correct as of: 26th January 2017.