A leading Hampshire-based waste management firm has purchased one of the
first new JCB 550-80 Wastemaster Loadall telescopic handlers to go into
action for heavy-duty materials handling at its waste recycling facility.
M Collard Waste Management Services Ltd is using the new model at its
facility in Yateley, Hampshire, where it recycles the materials returned
from its skip hire business. Supplied by JCB dealer, Greenshields JCB, the
JCB 550-80 Wastemaster has been purpose-built by JCB in response to
customer demand for a machine with even greater lift performance at reach
and rapid loading cycles.
The eight-metre lift height, five-tonne maximum lift capacity 550-80
Wastemaster is JCB’s highest capacity Loadall and has been specifically
designed for bulk handling operations in heavier duty waste applications.
Mick Collard, Director of M Collard Waste Management Services, said: "We
have previously bought second-hand equipment, but when we saw the new JCB
550-80 Wastemaster being demonstrated we knew it was the model we wanted.
It is a front-line machine, in use from the beginning to the end of the
day and without it we couldn’t do the job as effectively. The waste
industry is a very, very hard environment and we need machines that can
cope with that environment and nobody else comes close to giving us that.
JCB listened to industry to find our what we need and has got it right
with 550-80 Wastemaster."
Powered by either a 100hp (74 kW) or 130hp (97kW) engine, the machine
boasts a highly capable transmission, 140 litres/min Variflo hydraulics
and Hiflow pipework for optimised cycle times and auxiliary service
performance. It also features noise reduction, improved visibility, air
conditioning and reversible fan cooling.
The company is particularly impressed with the reversible fan-cooling
feature on the 550-80WM, which it has already used several times.
Reversible fan cooling prevents overheating caused by dust collecting in
the radiator – which is a major problem for the waste industry.
Traditionally to clear dust, an operator would have to stop and leave the
machine to use a compressor. With the JCB 550-80 Wastemaster a single
button activates the system.
Operating for over 40 years, longstanding JCB customer M Collard Waste
Management is a family-run business with sites at Yateley and Reading. It
supplies skips to the trade and public, covering an area including
Reading, Henley, Windsor, Bagshot, Camberley, Guildford, Farnborough,
Aldershot and Basingstoke. The company currently recycles 89 per cent of
the waste collected.