20 June 2017 | South Kirkby

DAF Trucks’ ‘tridem’ FAQ chassis answers questions for URM


The UK’s largest purchaser and recycler of waste glass, URM (UK), has added seven new specialist DAF multi-wheel rigids to its South Kirkby-based fleet. Key among them is DAF’s CF 440 FAQ chassis – an 8x2 ‘tridem’ configuration with lift-and-steer capability on the second and fourth axles.

Tridem chassis answers

The FAQ set-up provides outstanding manoeuvrability for URM’s glass collection operation which, the company says, offers ‘a marked improvement over the more conventional 8x2 rear-steer arrangement’. A double-skinned, half-tailgate bulk tipper body from Weightlifter and HMF crane complete the specification.

DAF’s tridem arrangement provides significant payload benefits over its smaller 26-tonne CF 6x4 ‘FAT’ stablemate, yet providing all the benefits of manoeuvrability when accessing tight locations.

Further trucks making up the latest delivery into URM’s 100% DAF fleet, include four CF 440 FA 4x2 drawbar skip-loader outfits, a CF 400 FAX eight-wheel rear-steer bulk tipper and a CF 370 FAN 6x2 rear-steer tipper with crane. All the latest trucks were specified to exacting standards to fulfil specific operational requirements.

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Fleet Engineer, Dave Bellamy, has remained a staunch supporter of the DAF brand for 17-years, saying, “The basic DAF product is a solid, hugely reliable chassis built to the highest quality. But,” he said, “it’s the close support we get from the local DAF Dealers, F&G Commercials and Imperial Commercials, which means we get exactly the right truck for our requirements. They know what we want and it’s a real partnership.

“DAF’s multi-wheeler chassis offer no-nonsense platforms for a wide range of body types,” he added, “Our latest DAF tridem is ideal for collections from pubs, clubs and supermarkets in the area, and is proving even more manoeuvrable than the existing rear-steer DAF eight-wheeler on the fleet.”

URM (UK), formerly Berryman, has a 90-year history in the glass recycling business. Today, it recycles ½ million tonnes of glass annually, rising to 800,000 tonnes with the opening of its new recycling centre in Tilbury. Its 36-strong all-DAF fleet comprises 44-tonne artics, skip-loader draw-bars and roll-on-off units – all designed and spec’d for specific collection and delivery operations.

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