Customised TA300 making light work of recycling waste

AN East Ayrshire waste recycling centre is reporting an increase in productivity, thanks to a customised hauler from Terex Trucks.

The TA300, which has been specially designed with a high-volume waste body, is said to be making “light work” of clearing waste at the site, which is owned by Glasgow-based waste management provider, Clearwater.

The company was looking to offer a customer a more cost-effective service by increasing an articulated hauler’s productivity and turned to Motherwell-based Terex Trucks.

“One of our customers was contracted to work at a large recycling and resource management facility in East Ayrshire,” explained Graeme Hughes, Clearwater’s contracts manager. “As such, they needed a 30-tonne class articulated hauler with a high capacity waste body. We discussed this with Grant Maclaine from TDL Equipment –Terex Trucks’ UK dealer – and quickly established the Motherwell-based factory could design and build a bespoke dump body for us.

“Taking everything into consideration – operator comfort, price, performance, and service backup – we had no hesitation in placing an order for a Terex Trucks articulated hauler with TDL,” Graeme continued.

“With our customised machine, we’re able to unload in around 12 seconds. In our line of work, that’s almost unheard of. Thanks to its additional carrying capacity, we’ve also been able to reduce site traffic, fuel consumption, as well as the total cost of operation. We’re blown away by how much this hauler is capable of.”

Grant Maclaine, TDL Equipment’s regional sales manager for Scotland, said, “Given that waste material is generally much lighter than muck or quarry stone payloads, we were able to increase the TA300’s standard heaped carrying capacity from 17.5 m3 (18.9 yd3) to an impressive 27.7 m3(30.3 yd3) – which equates to an estimated payload of just 12 tonnes (13.2 tons) of low density waste.

“This additional carrying capacity helps to lower the cost per cubic metre moved. We also added a large dump body canopy, similar to that found on a rigid hauler, to increase safety.”

The TA300 modification project took two months to complete. Guy Wilson, global sales director at Terex Trucks commented, “We’re thrilled that the customer is happy with the final result. Not only is the TA300 robust, but it’s also versatile. This isn’t the first modification project we’ve been a part of. At Terex Trucks, we’re committed to customer satisfaction – and depending on the project at hand, that might require some special adaptions here and there.”

The Terex Trucks TA300 articulated hauler was recently updated with a new transmission, said to provide improvements in fuel efficiency, performance, productivity and operator comfort. Powered by a Scania DC9 engine, the machine produces 276 kW (370hp) gross power at 1,880 Nm (1,309 lbf ft).

According to Terex Trucks, the TA300’s fully enclosed, oil-cooled, multi-disc brakes on all six wheels mean it is “perfectly suited” to applications in which there are exposed moving parts, such as at a recycling and resource management centre.