The ADT will be used at the group's whinstone quarry operation in Ayrshire.
Brought on board to perform demanding tasks, including stock handling and haul back up, the new E-series truck was selected over two competitor models based on operator preference, residual value, fuel cost, service cost and Bell Equipment’s assuring warranty.
“As a hard-stone quarry, producing ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, concrete blocks and drystone, we need trucks capable of taking the strain,” said Justin Gill, operations director at the Hillhouse Quarry Group, which has used Bell D-series trucks for 15 years.
Although still productive, with well over 20,000 hours on the clock, Justin said that the age profile of his existing Bell trucks, combined with their rebuild histories, pointed to a replacement requirement.
In order to help him make the a decision, Bell Equipment placed a B45E demo vehicle in the Hillhouse quarry so operators could get a feel of its handling capabilities.
“The E-series offers truly powerful robust machines that enhance any fleet," said Russell Conn, Bell Equipment’s regional sales manager for Scotland. "All trucks in the series are fitted with the latest technology as standard to provide industry leading features geared towards improving safety, productivity and the overall operating experience.
The new truck has been fitted with a 390 kW/2 460 Nm inline six-cylinder engine from Mercedes Benz. Designed to deliver low fuel consumption, this E-series model also features wet brakes, a spacious cab offering great comfort and visibility, and ‘ease-of-operation’ features that use real-time data collection.