Hadley Group, a scaffolding company based in Rochester that recently decided to expand into waste management, recently added a Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper-grab truck after purchasing an 8x4 Arocs hook loader truck six weeks prior, both of which are 3240K models. The company has a 13-vehicle mixed fleet and in addition to the two recently added new generation Mercedes-Benz, it operates four other trucks from the marque.
The two new trucks are powered by 10.7-litre, 389-horsepower (290-kilowatt) engines and feature ClassicSpace M Cabs and 12-speed PowerShift 3 automated manual gearboxes. They also feature camera systems that comply with FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Schemes) along with Mercedes-Benz’s MirrorCam system, which replaces traditional mirrors with roof-mounted cameras and A-pillar-mounted displays on the interior of the cab.
The Arocs hook loader has Hiab Multilift equipment and is used to transport scaffolding supplies, while the grab loader has an Epsilon M125 crane with a clamshell bucket and a Thompson tipper body. The latter was delivered as part of the WorkReady programme, an offering from Mercedes-Benz that “provides operators with access to a range of rigids and tractor units that are readily available off-the-shelf and at very short notice,” the company explains.
“A Premium-Quality Product”
“Mercedes-Benz builds a premium-quality product and ours have always lived up to the brand’s reputation for durability, reliability, and competitive running costs,” says Hadley Group MD Carl Byford. “We’ve put two experienced drivers on these new trucks and they’ve adapted to MirrorCam very quickly. Both have told me they prefer the cameras to mirrors, because they can see so much more.”
More Mercedes-Benz Arocs Details
The Mercedes-Benz Arocs is available in two variants: the standard Arocs, which supports gross combination weights (GCWs) of between 18 and 48 tonnes, and the Arocs SLT, which supports a GCW of up to 250 tonnes. Both models share the same cab specifications, including the ClassicSpace S-cab, ClassicSpace and CompactSpace M-cabs, and ClassicSpace, StreamSpace, and BigSpace L-cabs.
The six-cylinder in-line engine options range from 235 to 617 hp (175 to 460 kW), consisting of four displacement classes (7.7, 10,7, 12.8, and 15.6 litres) and 18 output levels. The high-torque design provides anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 newton-metres of torque; this broad range helps to reduce shift operations, which in turn saves wear on the clutch and transmission.
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