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Keeping a finger on the pulse

  • From the October 2018 issue.
Keeping a finger on the pulse

When Regional Waste CQ Managing Director, Leigh Williams, needed to expand his waste management fleet to service a growing range of customers, he chose a Palfinger Hookloader mounted on an Isuzu 8x4 truck.

Regional Waste CQ fulfils a vital role in the regional towns and cities of central Queensland such as Duaringa, Dingo, Bluff, Blackwater, Emerald, Moranbah, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and everywhere in between. It’s an intensive high-mileage operation that demands the best from man and machine.

Not only that, waste is collected from a wide range of places including various shopping centres, mine sites, camp sites, building sites and properties.

“We are a family owned and operated waste collection company that provides a total waste management service including liquid and solid waste in Central Queensland, Leigh explains.“We currently have contracts in the mining, building and commercial sectors.”

In common with other sectors of the road transport industry, waste management is a diverse and growing business with a continued emphasis on safer operation. It’s this focus on safety that led Leigh to invest in a new Palfinger Hookloader fitted to an Isuzu 8x4 truck.

To make it happen Leigh reached out to Mick Butler at DC Equipment Sales in Townsville, a company that’s widely considered an expert in providing quality, long lasting machinery and equipment that enables its clients to simply get on with the job.

While Regional Waste CQ has some smaller 6x4 Hookloaders in its fleet, Mick readily identified that a larger Palfinger T22A Hookloader mounted on an 8x4 truck would be the best solution for the company’s needs.

True to form, DC Equipment Sales was able to rapidly come up with a functional and stylish design that offers a high degree of safety while maximising waste collection efficiency.

According to Leigh, Mick and the team at DC Equipment Sales did an outstanding job. He says they came up with the ideal specifications for the vehicle and the quality of workmanship in the installation was particularly impressive.

“We could not recommend them enough,” Leigh enthuses. “We had constant update reports and photos showing job progress sent through. We would definitely use these guys again.”

Gough Palfinger Australia has a 38- strong network of service partners throughout Australia, making sourcing and selecting waste equipment and vehicle loading cranes easy for local businesses.

The company says the benefits of having such a comprehensive dealer network are many and varied. Essentially it means they are on the ground and close to the businesses they serve, giving them the local knowledge that is paramount in providing the best advice and service to customers. And they’re backed by a global partner in Palfinger.

According to Gough Palfinger Australia, the 5975mm long T22A Palfinger Hookloader is the most popular model in the line-up and the ideal size for a range of 8x4 trucks. While the unit has a Safe Working Load limit of 22 tonnes, the average payload is between 13 and 15 tonnes, depending upon truck selection.

It comes standard with an articulated arm, allowing for transport of shorter containers and flexibility in loading and unloading. Gough Palfinger Australia supplies mounting kits specifically designed to fit each brand of truck, making the fitting process fast and easy.

The company says the quality and safety of its products are the main priorities, with its Hookloaders being certified as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 compliant.

Gough Palfinger Australia Marketing & Business Development Manager, Mark Gardner, explains that buying a Hookloader is not just about selecting the right model, it’s also about ensuring the truck fit-out and setup meets the day-to-day requirements of the customer. For this reason, he says, all Palfinger service partners offer a wide range of additional fit-out equipment to provide true customisation for their clients.

“Things like tarping systems, toolboxes, hand washing units, working lights, camera systems, scales and tow hitches are some of the optional extras designed to meet our clients’ needs,” he says.

With its Hookloaders, Palfinger offers three main designs: the telescopic range is available from 3 to 30 tonnes; the Aussie-designed T22A DINO unit offering zero tunnel clearance for the older cable truck containers, while maintaining the abilities of the telescopic range; and the G30 prime-mover mounted Hookloader for heavy-duty work, often used by waste transfer stations.

Fast Fact
An important part of the Hookloader package, the PAD controller is intuitive and easy to use offering multi-speed movement. Its magnetic mounting design means it can be ergonomically positioned to suit multiple drivers in the one truck.

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