So impressed was J & J Stanley Ltd. with the Terex® TL260 wheel loader demonstrator it had on trial that managing director Gordon Stanley told Terex Distribution Limited (TDL): "Don’t bother to send a truck to collect the machine, come and pick up a cheque."
J & J Stanley runs waste and recycling facilities in the Tyne & Wear area and was looking for a wheel loader for its new 2.5 acre waste transfer site. Having tried all the contenders, the company’s machine operator, Albert Perkins, had no doubt that he preferred the Terex® TL260.
"We wanted a compact machine for sorting and stockpiling, and also to load wagons and the plant with wood, soil, construction waste, paper, cardboard and household refuse," says Mr. Stanley. "The Terex® TL260 is more compact and nippier than the competition, has excellent visibility for the operator and is very good on fuel," he adds.
With its 2.6m³ general purpose bucket on the ground, the 14.4 tonne TL260 has an overall length of less than 7.25 metres and a turning radius of 6.15 metres (at outside bucket edge). Its load-dependent hydrostatic fan helps reduce both fuel consumption and noise and is reversible too – especially useful in waste environments – while the unique cleaning system simplifies maintenance.
The TL260 is powered by a 128kW Cummins engine which transfers power to a two-speed hydrostatic transmission – another feature Mr Stanley likes as, unlike a mechanical gearbox, it helps hold the machine on a slope. The self-locking differentials reduce tyre wear and the all-round wet disc brakes also reduce maintenance.
At the front end, the loader’s SP kinematics combine the advantages of a Z-linkage with a parallel lift action to provide a lift capacity of 141kN with almost 120kN of bucket breakout force. J & J Stanley’s machine has a dump height of almost 3m and there are also options available for the TL260 to boost this beyond 4.5m.
In addition to the excellent view from the two door, rubber-mounted ROPS/FOPS cab, machine operator Albert Perkins appreciated the hydraulically cushioned and weight-adjustable seat, automatic climate control and the height/tilt adjustable steering wheel.
John Crerar, TDL’s Materials Handling Sales Manager said: "The standard specifications of the Terex TL260 wheel loader to operate in a tough waste-handling environment without any modifications demonstrates the high degree of capability and quality designed and built into our products."