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Iveco Daily ‘hotbox’ paves the way for Dawsongroup Sweepers

Dawsongroup Sweepers take on 10 7.2t Iveco Daily chassis for 'Hotbox' highway repair vehicles.

Dawsongroup Sweepers are leaders in the self-drive municipal and highways maintenance equipment rental business, and they have just taken delivery of 10 Iveco Daily chassis cabs for conversion to ‘Hotbox’ road repair vehicles.

There are currently around 1,200 vehicles on the Dawsongroup Sweeper fleet, with the number of those hailing from the Iveco brand growing.

With its business not having slowed down throughout the pandemic, all 10 of the new Daily vehicles have already been earmarked and will be with their end-users shortly after receipt from the bodybuilder.

The 72C18HA8 vehicles feature Iveco’s powerful, yet efficient 180hp 3.0-litre F1C diesel engine, pushing 430Nm of torque through the rear wheels via the class-leading 8-speed automatic Hi-Matic gearbox. 

Iveco vans are based on the Business trim

The vans have been supplied by Northern Commercials Brighouse and are based on the Business trim which features premium and residual value-boosting features such as electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, front fog lights, cruise control with speed limiter and manual air conditioning.

The 3,750mm wheelbase vehicles have had Thompsons tipping ‘Hotbox’ bodies fitted and have been taken on long-term rental contracts by a variety of local authority and utility sector customers. 

The vans will be transporting and dispensing fresh tarmac for the repair of roads and the installation or reinstatement of infrastructure, such as streetlights. 

Various FORS accreditation options remain available to customers dependent on their operational safety needs before delivery to end-users.

‘Strong relationship with Iveco and Northern Commercials’

The managing director of Dawsongroup Sweepers, Glen Carruthers, said: “We’ve built a strong relationship with Iveco and Northern Commercials who are based a matter of yards from our depot.

“The Daily 7-tonne range presents a compelling package for our rental user’s needs.

“With chassis cabs at 7.2-tonnes GVW, licensing is relatively simple, and we benefit from an impressive payload with a comparatively small overall footprint.”

He added: “The Daily’s high levels of specification and Hi-Matic gearbox provide us with a premium customer offering which is versatile, comfortable, and reliable.”

High-quality equipment specified for driver comfort

The business has built a reputation for its superior service and believes that offering high-quality equipment specified for driver comfort boosts customer satisfaction and encourages repeat business. 

The heavy-duty construction and 3,500kg (or 3,300kg for the 7.2 tonne Hi-Matic) towing capacity of the Daily 7-Tonne range gives assurances that it’s ready for any mission.

The Daily’s interior trim is smart, tactile and hard-wearing, and the controls will deal with years of wear from heavy work boots and layers of PPE. 

Meanwhile, a tight turning circle and CITY steering mode which reduces steering effort by up to 70%, alongside the smooth-shifting Hi-Matic gearbox alleviate the strain from complicated and low-speed operations, enhancing vehicle uptime through reduced clutch wear.

Dawsongroup Sweepers usually runs its vehicles for three to five years depending on usage and expect these to cover an annual mileage of around 20,000 miles. 

The high demand for this batch of Dailys has since seen Dawsongroup place an additional order for caged tippers on the same Daily 7.2t platform.

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