RRS delivers 56 tonne refuse compactor

By Katherine Weir18 March 2016

The long, wide and heavy load was followed by an escort vehicle throughout the six-hour journey

The long, wide and heavy load was followed by an escort vehicle throughout the six-hour journey

UK lifting and transport company Rapid Response Solutions (RRS) transported a 56 tonne refuse compactor 150 miles from Aylesford, Kent to Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire using a four-axle Scania tractor unit and Nooteboom trailer.

RRS was contracted with loading the new BC 772 RB refuse compactor and transporting it to the Gloucester, UK site to be used on large and small landfill sites. The 3.8 m load, contributing to a gross transport weight of 96 tonnes, was followed by an escort vehicle throughout the six-hour journey before the unloading and handover of the purpose-built machine.

Dave Pushman, head of transport at RRS, said, “We utilised our largest tractor unit and a four-axle Nooteboom trailer, which took care of the weight, but we also had to keep in mind that the widest point on either side of the load were the solid metal wheels with eight-inch protrusions, designed to efficiently compact waste onsite but inherently hazardous when in transport.”

The refuse compactor was first driven onto the low-loader whilst it was flat on the ground. Two hydraulic rams then picked the trailer off the ground for attachment to the truck. Its four axles supported the weight of the trailer, which featured reinforced steel so the tractor wasn’t damaged by the weight, the company said.

RRS had to complete route notification, whilst consulting with police authorities and highways agencies. The job was completed in daylight, to plan.

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