Yorkshire-based sewer- and well-cleaning service DrainsAid have taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Arocs with environmentally friendly pumping and filtration equipment from German bodybuilder Müller. The new sewer-cleaning vehicle is based on an Arocs 3251 chassis from local Dealer Northside Truck & Van.
“The DrainsAid team are delighted with their new Mercedes-Benz,” says Neil Duffy, director of Plant and Fleet Services at DrainsAid parent company Peter Duffy Limited. “As well as being perfectly specified to fulfil its demanding role, the Arocs looks the part and is an impressive flagship for our business.”
DrainsAid cleans large-diameter sewers and deep wells for customers such as utilities and rail companies, brewers, and chemical plants. The new Mercedes Arocs truck will help the firm provide repair and preventative maintenance to its client base.
The Müller Canalmaster Super Recycler bodywork uses a CVS Engineering liquid ring vacuum pump and a URACA jetting pump. The system’s high-performance jetting and suction capabilities are put to responsible use in an environmentally conscious way. After filtering out silt and sludge, the Müller system recycles the water back into its jetting nozzles to continue the cleaning cycle. By recycling the water, the truck doesn’t have to spend time and fuel leaving the site to refill its clean water tank, which lowers costs and emissions output.
“Mercedes-Benz chassis offer an ideal base for Müller’s bodywork in terms of weight distribution,” says Müller distributor Roadvac’s Sales Director, Donal Kearney. “Müller also favours them for the high performance of the engine PTOs, and because Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ bodybuilder module works seamlessly with its own equipment. For example, the recycler is fully radio remote-controlled for ease of use and safety.” The operator can also stop and start the truck engine and PTO from the Müller control panel.
The Mercedes-Benz Arocs
Mercedes’ Arocs range of 18- to 41-tonne (20- to 45-U.S.-ton) construction trucks includes tractors, rigids, dump trucks, and concrete mixers. They are available with a range of Euro Stage VI engines with 235 to 617 horsepower (175 to 460 kilowatts) and a PowerShift 3 transmission. The rugged, versatile Arocs line is available with a variety of cabs and axle configurations from 4x2 to 8x8.
The 8x4 Arocs 3251 built for DrainsAid has a 12-litre, inline six-cylinder engine with 510 HP (375 kW) and a 16-speed PowerShift automated manual transmission. Mercedes assembled it with an uprated 9-t (9.9-U.S.-t) front axle, a double-drive bogie, and a steered rear axle to give the eight-wheeled truck manoeuvrability similar to that of a six-wheeled model.
The Müller recycling equipment required DrainsAid’s Arocs to have a low roof height, so the truck is outfitted with a ClassicSpace L-cab with a 170-millimetre (6.7-inch) engine tunnel. Inside the cabin is an upgraded, interactive edition of Mercedes’ dual-screen Multimedia Cockpit. MirrorCam monitors with automatic and manual screen brightness adjustments replace the truck’s side mirrors for better aerodynamics.
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