Northern Ireland-based skip hire specialist CM Skips has added a JCB 550-80 Wastemaster Loadall to the fleet of materials handling machinery operating at its site in Randalstown, near Ballymena.
The telehandler will play a key role in ensuring CM Skips’ on-site efficiency and throughput targets are met. It will be used to transfer incoming commercial and household waste from tipped skips to a dedicated sortation area where material is sorted in to different recyclable waste streams and non-recyclable waste. The 550-80 then collects sorted material and delivers it to one of a number of dedicated storage bays at the site where waste is kept prior to being loaded – again using the 550-80 – onto one of CM Skips’ contractor partner’s delivery vehicles before being taken away for recycling.
On average, CM Skips recycles 90 per cent of all the waste that arrives at its Randalstown site and the company’s contractors recycle at least 80 per cent of all material that leaves the site.
The JCB 550-80 is powered by JCB’s new EcoMAX engine to deliver optimum power and productivity, while the machine’s Wastemaster specification means that it is fitted with extra guarding and protection as well as uprated hydraulics – a factor that had a significant influence on CM Skips’ purchase decision.
CM Skips’ director, Nigel McKee, said: ““The day-to-day efficiency of our site relies to a great extent on the performance of our handling machinery so we need equipment that operates at full capacity even in the most arduous conditions. Machines in the JCB Wastemaster range are specifically tailored to meet the demands of tough waste and recycling centre environments, which means their uptime is optimised.”
The 550-80 Loadall benefits from a number of advanced features designed to ensure that the telehandler’s operator is comfortable – and, therefore, productive – throughout even the longest and most demanding shifts. For example, thanks to the 550-80’s cleverly packaged driveline and sloping bonnet, visibility is excellent, while, the operator cab itself is one of the largest around, boasting the lowest noise levels; excellent air flow, ventilation and demisting; optional air conditioning; fully adjustable steering column and an optional suspension seat.
JCB dealer, Dennison JCB, supplied the new vehicle and will also provide ongoing full maintenance support.