Barry's Skip Hire puts faith in Mercedes Arocs

BARRY’S Skip Hire have a new Mercedes-Benz eight-wheeled hookloader with a point to prove. The Liverpool-based operator was founded in 1974, and has relied on skip-loaders bearing the three-pointed star for much of its life. Today, 16 Arocs, Atego and Axor models form the backbone of their fl eet. Until now, however, none of its Mercedes-Benz vehicles has had a gross weight of more than 18 tonnes. That’s because when it came to 32-tonne chassis, Barry’s always favoured another truck brand. Brothers Barry (Above) and Gerard Flanagan recently took delivery of their new 8x4 Arocs 3240 from the city branch of Dealer Roanza Truck & Van, and they have high expectations. “Mercedes-Benz trucks have served us very well over the years,” said Barry Flanagan. “They’ve been tough, reliable, and cost-eff ective to operate. “Despite this, we’ve steered clear of Mercedes-Benz eight-wheelers in the past because we didn’t feel they were particularly well suited to our kind of work – payload is critical in this business, and the fact that they were relatively heavy always counted against them.” Mr Flanagan said that since the launch of the Euro VI Arocs – a muscular range of chassis purpose-designed for construction-related applications – this was no longer the case.

Off ering strength and durability

“The Arocs is light enough to allow us to maximise payload capacities, while also off ering the strength and durability that we’ve come to expect from Mercedes-Benz,” he added. “There’s plenty of ground clearance too, and visibility from the driver’s seat is excellent. All in all, this vehicle off ers a great combination of attributes.” Barry’s Skip Hire ordered their new truck after suff ering vehicle reliability issues. “They were giving us all sorts of trouble, and the AdBlue consumption was sky-high,” recalled Mr Flanagan. “It was time for a change, and the Arocs looks like a marked improvement.” Smartly fi nished in the operator’s distinctive green livery, the new truck is powered by an advanced, 10.7-litre straight-six engine which generates 290 kW (394 hp) and drives through a smooth and effi cient PowerShift 3 automated transmission. It is fi tted with hook-loading gear and carries a range of roll-on-roll-off steel skips with 20-40 cubic yard capacities, for commercial customers. The Arocs’ performance and reliability, as well as Roanza’s back-up, will be closely monitored over the coming months, and compared with a remaining eight-wheeler. “These are still early days, but our latest Mercedes-Benz has certainly been quick to impress, with driver feedback very positive,” continued Mr Flanagan. The Arocs has a ClassicSpace M-cab with the 320mm engine tunnel introduced last year. As a result, it sits six inches lower than its stablemate with 170mm tunnel, the only alternative previously to a fully fl at fl oor.

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This makes life easier for the driver to maintain three points of contact when climbing up into or down from the cab. The fact the lower cab’s three steps are more closely spaced together contributes to reduced fatigue, while a 14% improvement in direct vision increases safety. For some customers, such as those needing to access batching plants, the lower roof height also off ers operational advantages.

Barry’s Skip Hire supplies skips to domestic and trade waste customers across Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens and Halton. Committed for many years to a policy of minimising environmental impact, the North West company is extremely proud of the fact it now recycles 100% of the waste it collects.




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