The tanker sports the company’s bold yellow, white and blue livery. Manufactured to ADR Class 3, 6.1 and 8 specifications and with the capacity to transport hazardous waste, the 44-tonne GVW unit with tri-axle running gear has joined Harper’s 63 strong HGV fleet.
Complete with Edbro tipping gear, the unit has been designed as a lightweight, effective and flexible deep lifting vacuum tanker. In addition to a main 5,400 gallon tipping tank, with inbuilt 220 gallon overspill compartment, Harper’s specified a separate static, front-mounted tank for improved vehicle stability when in tipping mode. Both the tanks and water-jetting compartment are manufactured from 316-grade stainless steel.
Featuring SAF tri-axle air suspension with lifting front axle, load sensing and stability traction control, the tipping tanker incorporates the powerful Kaiser – KWP3100i liquid ring pump. Driven by its own chassis mounted diesel engine, the pump delivers a powerful operating performance of 3100m3/h and 85% maximum vacuum.
With three top man lids on the main tipping tank and full length walkway, the tri-axle semi-trailer unit is also equipped with a rear offside mounted jetting system that has a hydraulically operated reel and 60m ½" high pressure hose for vehicle cleaning and washing down.
When commissioned, the ADR tipping tanker will be predominantly deployed by Harper’s – one of the UK’s most progressive waste management companies – to vacuum sludges on behalf of major utility providers and private customers.
Commenting on the specification of the new unit, Harper’s Operations Director, Kevin Maguire said: "The new tipping tanker is the sixth new Whale to enter our fleet over the last couple of years. In addition to being a very robust product, which is essential given the fact that they often operate in hostile environments, Whale tankers are very user-friendly and simple to operate."
Established in 1947, Harper’s Waste Management remains a family-owned business. Under the direction of current Chairman, Nick Harper, son of founder Ted, Harper’s are waste removal and disposal specialists that operate across a broad range of industrial sectors. Experienced in the removal of wet and dry, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, Harper’s today operate on behalf of a number of blue chip clients.
Employing 108 members of staff and operating from sites in York (Head Office), Teeside and Scunthorpe, Harper’s provide a diverse range of services such as jetting, bulk tankering, waste disposal, tank cleaning, drain cleaning and inspection and total waste management solutions.