Hiab is showing the market how versatile its SLT skip loading equipment is by putting a demonstrator on the road in combination with an 18 tonne DAF chassis.
The demonstrator has been built in partnership with specialist vehicle hire company SHB Hire and is available from now until the end of the year for operators to give the Hiab skip loader a thorough try out.
There are two models in Hiab’s SLT skip loader range: the SLT142 designed for 18 tonne two-axle trucks and the SLT192 for 26 tonne three-axle trucks. Both are able to handle skips, containers and platforms of different sizes and capacities. The demonstrator is fitted with the SLT142 for skips from three to ten cubic metre capacity but the larger SLT192 can handle up to 20 cubic metre skips.
To achieve the rapid turn-round times required in skip handling both models are designed to pick up the container horizontally with no lifting angle and, by means of the telescopic arms, to lift it over obstacles such as fences or walls. A fast speed function that activates when unloading or when no container is being lifted also increases efficiency. And the unique design of the lifting arms allows them to be operated together or individually in order to cope with an adverse approach angle.
For added safety during operation the double-acting lifting and support legs are mounted at an angle to provide maximum stability. They can be positioned individually and at different lengths to deal with uneven ground and feature an in-cab optical warning system. An automatic safety latch is fitted to the pneumatically operated tipping hook.
Controls are very user-friendly with a very positive feel to them even when wearing work gloves and they incorporate both load holding and hose failure valves as additional safety measures. Once a container is loaded adjustable skip stops at the front and both sides ensure its security during transit.
The rear beam has been ‘E marked’ and type approved as a rear under-run bar in line with Whole Vehicle Type Approval requirements.
Alastair Evans, Hiab National Sales Manager, said: “Our SLT range is low in weight at just 2,900 kg for the 18 tonne model and 3,800 kg for the 26 tonne model. This ensures good gross payloads of around 10 tonnes and 19 tonnes respectively, depending on the chassis to which they are fitted. In the case of the 18 tonne SLT142 it is around 300 kg lighter than our closest competitor.
“With our skip loaders coming from the same stable as our renowned Hiab truck-mounted cranes and our Multilift demount systems operators can be assured that they will be buying equipment that has been designed, tested and manufactured to the highest quality standards. These products are robust and durable and able to withstand the rigours of skip work and are fully proven in service.
“We currently have our SLT142 18 tonne skip loader available in the UK from stock for immediate fitment so can offer fast delivery and competitive prices. Once the equipment is in service our national network of agents ensures that local support is readily to hand.”
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