ISM Waste is committed to being a good neighbour. As such, the waste services provider sends a sweeper out weekly to tidy up the road near Ramsbottom in Bury where its waste transfer station is located. The firm had been using a Volvo FL6 for the job since 2003, but that recently changed when it upgraded to a new 16-tonne (17.6-U.S.-ton) FL 250 road sweeper with a 4 x 2 drivetrain. ISM Waste will also use the medium-duty truck for local hire work two or three days a week. The company expects the truck to log about 15,000 kilometres (9,320 miles) yearly.
“A Fantastic Driveline”
Sixteen of the trucks in ISM Waste’s 17-vehicle fleet are Volvos. All its new Volvos are covered with a five-year Volvo Gold Contract that includes repair and maintenance work from local Volvo dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials, which supplied it with the new FL 250. The truck is outfitted with a Johnston VT652 sweeper body with overhead wander hose used for gully sucking and a Supawash high-pressure washing system with hand lance and spray bar. A Volvo 7.7-litre D8K Euro-6 diesel engine rated for 250 horsepower (184 kilowatts) and 950 newton metres (700.7 pounds-foot) torque powers the truck, and a nine-speed manual transmission conveys that power to the ground.
“It’s a fantastic driveline,” says ISM Waste Managing Director John Allen. “The larger 7.7-L engine provides great low-speed handling and first-class power in a package which is small, very agile, and highly dependable.”
Volvo offers the FL in 12- and 16-t factory-fitted sweeper configurations that relocate the air, fuel tanks, and AdBlue tanks plus battery box and exhaust system to make room for frame-mounted equipment. Volvo also offers four-wheel-drive and Electric FL versions, as well as day, short sleeper, and crew cab options.
“Volvo is brilliant; the trucks are well-built, driver acceptance is unrivalled, and we get great aftersales support from Thomas Hardie Commercials,” Allen says. “Between the manufacturer and the dealer, they literally do everything we ask of them. It’s an incredibly strong package.”
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ISM Waste began operations in 1965, removing machinery and scrap metal from factories. In the 1980s, the firm constructed a waste transfer station. Now, its provides waste collection and treatment, hazardous waste management, confidential waste disposal, incinerations, and recycling.