Dalkeith construction services operator adds MAN tipper fleet

NWH Group has added nine new MAN TGS 32.400 8x4 tippers to its dedicated Construction Services fleet. The new sleeper-cabbed trucks join four existing MAN 8x4s and go straight into service on the company’s new contract with Bam Construction on the Borders Railway Project. Work involves moving spoil from the Project site to NWH’s own quarry and returning stone back to the Project.

The decision to take MAN vehicles comes after existing multi-axle TGX tractor units had been operation and which Managing Director, Mark Williams, described as boasting excellent ‘workability’.

“MAN came to our attention in 2010,” he said, “we saw an increase in MAN’s market share locally, and a number of high profile Scottish operators started to take the product in numbers. Operating costs looked competitive. The whole product and service package offered what I like to call ‘workability’.”

He went on, “We took six tractor units back then, and that good experience led us to take on four eight-wheelers for the tipper fleet. Again, good fuel and rugged reliability has meant that another nine are being introduced now.”

The muck-away specification MAN 8x4s come with steel outreach bodies, Edbro tipping gear, on-board weighing equipment and rollover ‘Easy Sheets’.

All the new 8x4s are acquired on five-year Hire Purchase packages through MAN Financial Services (MFS). The six three-axle MAN TGX tractor units, also acquired through MFS, are on three-year Operating Leases.

“We take the opinions of our drivers very seriously,” added Williams, “and feedback regarding the MANs has been very positive indeed. They have also welcomed the addition of MAN EcoStyle driver performance analysis; and from an operational point-of-view, I am looking forward to identifying areas where our fleet can become even more productive.

The NWH Group provides a full range of services to the construction and Local Authority services, including concrete supply, aggregates, tipper operations, waste & recycling, skip & plant hire, road-sweeping and gritting.b