Specialist waste disposal firm William Gilder’s recently added a new Volvo FH Tridem that’s equipped with a DISAB air mover body that makes material removal much safer for operators.
“It can pick up dry and wet material and will allow us to remove waste from a wide range of places,” says William Glider Director Melvyn Evans. “For instance, we can run pipes into a factory floor to collect product that has fallen off conveyors. We also do a lot of work with anaerobic digestion plants, which need cleaning usually every 18 months or so. We can access those tanks and run it all via a remote control, meaning there’s no need for man entry—making it a much safer process.”
William Glider reports it will also add 10 new Volvo FH 6x2 tractors to its fleet this year, all of which will be used to pull tankers transporting liquid waste.
High-Spec For Manoeuvrability
William Gilder worked with the team at Truck and Bus Wales and West to configure the FH Tridem. “We would not have the finished product we have now without their efforts,” says Evans. “There’s not an inch of space left on the truck, and the Wales and West team have worked wonders, along with the bodybuilder, to supply it just as we wanted. We’ve kept it as short as possible and also added rear air suspension to improve manoeuvrability further, which will help us get into some awkward sites.”
The range-topping DISAB body is mounted to a 32-tonne 8x4 rigid powered by a Volvo D13K engine rated for 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 2,500 newton-metres (1,844 pounds-foot) of torque.
Comfort For Long Hauls
William Glider’s new FH is equipped with a Globetrotter cab and Volvo’s Drive+ package, as well as a Single Bed Living package. The latter provides drivers with increased cab comforts such as additional storage and a refrigerator. The truck also features Volvo’s I-Shift transmission, which reduces operator fatigue while improving fuel efficiency, reducing vibrations, and delivering smoother shifting.
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