Bigger was better for plant hire, groundworks and recycled aggregate specialist Buntons who now have an 18-tonne Arocs road sweeper working alongside their other sweeper, which is based on a 15-tonne Atego chassis.
Bradford-based Buntons also runs 10 eight-wheeled tippers, five of which were supplied by the same Mercedes dealer earlier this year – and these are also from the Arocs range, which is purpose-designed for construction-related applications.
Buntons’ director Rob Hall said: “Our trucks must be reliable, cost-effective and able to withstand the rigours of a tough working life. The Mercedes-Benz Arocs ticks these boxes and more.”
Their new Arocs is an 1840 variant with ClassicSpace sleeper cab and a 10.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine producing 394 hp.
Bodied by Stock Sweepers of Cinderford
The truck was bodied by Stock Sweepers of Cinderford, Gloucestershire, which fitted its S8400 dual and simultaneous sweeping equipment.
Features include an 8.4m3 stainless steel hopper, wide-sweep and side brushes with adjustable pressure and positioning from the cab, gully suckers and a low-pressure dust suppression system with a 2,000-litre water tank.
These functions are controlled by a CANbus Intelligent Sweep System and powered by a 68kW auxiliary engine.
Buntons’ transport coordinator Richard Goodyear said: “The 18-tonner is bigger than any sweeper we’ve bought before.
“Going up a weight class means the truck has the capacity to stay out working for longer, before needing to tip or refill with water.”
‘Bigger truck allows a more efficient way of working’
He added: “This reflects the growing demand for our services from larger customers. We considered going for another 15-tonner but by comparison, the bigger truck allows a more efficient way of working and helps minimise the environmental impact of our operations by reducing vehicle movements.”
The 8×4 tippers delivered in February also have ClassicSpace cabs but are powered by ‘meatier’ 456 hp versions of the same 10.7-litre ‘straight-six’ engine.
Their lightweight steel bodies were built in Manchester by Marshalls Truck Bodies; one has also been fitted with a Palfinger Epsilon M12Z crane grab.
Mr Goodyear said: “The tippers also represent a step up in terms of specification as we’d previously chosen 430 hp engines.”
He said discussions with the team at Bell Truck and Van convinced the firm that a more powerful unit would offer the optimum blend of performance and fuel efficiency for our work patterns.
The latest truck has the 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift
As with Buntons’ older tippers, the latest truck has the 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift automated manual transmissions with Manoeuvring, Rocking and EcoRoll modes.
Mr Goodyear says: “PowerShift has proved to be very robust, effective and easy to use.
“In fact, the availability of the auto ‘box helps to explain why we based the new sweeper on an Arocs chassis. It’s not a model that many choose for this application, but we’re delighted with the result.”
Family-run Buntons celebrated its 50th-anniversary last year and they provide a portfolio of professional services including operated or self-drive plant hire, bulk excavations and street and site sweeping, to a growing list of clients.