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21 June 2018

Ben Bennett buys new Bell Equipment L2606E loader

First published20/06/2018
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Ben Bennett Jr's most recent acquisition, a new Bell Equipment L2606E loader
Ben Bennett Jr’s most recent acquisition, a new Bell Equipment L2606E loader was secured to replace an existing machine.


The family run company founded in 1883, comprises a steel rolling mill and a junior hacksaw blades manufacturer, both in Rotherham, county Yorkshire, England, and a limestone quarry in Matlock, county Derbyshire, England.

It is firmly placed as Bell Equipment’s longest standing client in the UK, with the company’s relationship starting in the late 1990s when the company bought its first Bell Equipment articulated dump truck, a B25C model.

Since then over 12 Bell machines have been put through their paces in the company’s Matlock quarry, extracting high quality grades of calcium carbonate of various grades, including a recycled filler suitable for use in applications such as food, pharmaceuticals, plastics, rubber, glass and sealants.

Three Bell B30E ADTs are currently loading material from the Matlock quarry face before transferring it to a primary crusher, as well as relocating waste to the quarry tip. However, Andrew Rawson, director at Ben Bennett Jr, and his team wanted to add a further Bell machine to the fleet, a wheeled loader for loading stock aggregates and plant stone to HGV trucks and dump trucks.

“We needed a machine that would be completely reliable, and of a brand that could offer excellent service back-up within close proximity to our quarry operation,” he says.

Designed to perform within a variety of applications, the Bell L2606E features on-board weighing as standard and, by including hydraulic ride control, is said to increase site safety while affording improved operator comfort and maximum in-load productivity. It also uses the Quadcool system for combating radiator clogging.

“It makes the vehicle an ideal choice for use in notoriously dusty environments such as the quarry face, as Andrew and his team have discovered,” says Nick Learoyd, managing director at Bell Equipment UK.

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