Econ has delivered the first of five hook lift salt spreaders to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, following its successful tender earlier this year.
The council needed replacement salt spreaders for its existing hook lift vehicles and, following an open tender process, awarded the 12-month contract to Econ. Over the course of the year, Econ will supply four 18 tonne and one 26 tonne spreader. The first vehicle, the 26 tonne, was delivered in August, with two more to be delivered at the end of October and the final two due to be ordered before the end of the contract.
The new vehicles will join Tameside’s existing highway maintenance fleet, which includes five core, hooklift vehicles, two midi 7.5 tonne tipper bodies, two pavement gritters and numerous pedestrian gritters.
Mark Ellison, Group Engineering Manager at Tameside council, explained: “We don’t need a dedicated winter maintenance fleet and so hooklifts are operationally best for us. Outside the winter season, the vehicles are used for delivering and picking up skips as part of our highway maintenance programme.
Mark added: “We’ve always found Econ vehicles to be very good quality – all the bodies are required to be interchangeable and fit all of the hooklift vehicles. The Spargo salt distribution system and Low Throw spinner mechanism work especially well and the vehicle tracking system interface with the Econ product has been a real bonus.”
The council’s highway maintenance team is currently going through familiarisation training with the vehicles, ready for the months ahead.
“We look after carriageways that border with Derbyshire, Oldham, Manchester and Stockport,” said Mark. “As we head towards winter, the new gritting vehicles will be helping to ensure they stay
clear and safe despite the drop in temperatures.”