As part of a move to both expand and improve the productivity of its site dumper fleet, Bateman Groundworks is replacing 15 older Terex models.
“We usually work on about 10 sites at a time and have had a good 2012 including signing some key contacts which will keep us busy through to 2014,” says Bateman’s founder and managing director Richard Bateman.
“Having signed the new contracts, we needed to renew and enlarge the site dumper fleet. So we looked at what was available on the market and it came down to the two biggest players who had very competitive prices and specifications.
“The choice was made much easier because, over the last six years, we have had excellent service from our existing Terex equipment, which has been very economical and reliable. And we enjoy the good relationship with the local dealer, CES, which has always looked after us very well.”
Batemen’s Terex TA6 site dumpers have a more powerful and fuel-efficient 62.5kW (84hp) Stage 3A Perkins engine, leading to lower fuel bills and reduced exhaust emissions.
The new engine powers the permanent four-wheel drive system through a four forward/four reverse Powershuttle transmission to provide an impressive 1 in 4 gradeability and a maximum speed of 27km/h.
Stopping power is provided by oil immersed disc brakes on all four wheels with a transmission park brake.
Also, articulation of ±30° provides a 5.6m turning radius at the outside of the skip while ±10.5° of oscillation keeps all four wheels in contact with the ground on even the roughest site.
Supplying dealer CES has recently extended its relationship with Terex to include the sale and support of backhoe loaders and mini excavators.
Pete Barfield, Key Accounts and Dealer Manager at Terex Construction, said: “It’s good to hear that contractors are still expanding and that great customer support is influencing deals, rather than price alone.
“Also, it’s encouraging to see that companies are choosing to support their local manufacturers, in this case Terex Construction in Coventry.”