The CityWhale – a new range of highly versatile vehicles offering both jetting and suction capability in a package ideal for urban operation – makes its debut on the Whale Tankers stand at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show (Stand 4H60, Hall 4 NEC Birmingham).
Designed and manufactured to offer reliability, performance and flexibility in situations where accessibility is restricted, the new CityWhale range also comes with the assurance of support from one of Europe’s leading liquid waste tanker and jetting specialists.
The new CityWhale range is based on a popular European concept of deploying a lightweight combination tanker in areas such as congested town and city centres and car parks. Built to an exacting specification to meet the demands of urban operation, it features aluminium tanks right across the model line up.
The new range will be available in three versions – the Micro (3.2-3.5t), the Midi (3.5-4.5t) and the Major (7.5t) – offering customer choice for a variety of applications, with examples of both the Micro and Midi products at the CV show. The new CityWhale range joins the already well established WhaleCompact range of van mounted equipment – an example of which is also on display at the show.
Built on a 3.2 tonne GVW Euro 5 Ford Ranger chassis (it can also be specified on a Land Rover chassis at 3.5t), the new CityWhale Micro is a highly versatile combination unit, offering exceptional suction and jetting performance in a compact-sized vehicle. With the added capability of four wheel drive, it can be operated in even the hardest to reach areas without the need for an HGV licence.
The high quality aluminium tank has a 1,200 litre capacity – divided into 400 litres for water and 800 litres for sludge. It features, as standard, a Jurop PN33 suction pump and a Pratissoli KT22 high pressure triplex piston pump, giving a water flow of 50 litres/min at 250 bar with a ½ inch steel braided jetting hose. The show vehicle has been specified at 320bar with a 43 litres/min flow and a 3/8 inch hose. Both pumps are hydraulically driven by the vehicle engine through an OMSI 210MKG transfer box.
An eight channel radio remote control unit, a hydraulically-driven 100m high pressure hose reel and integral lockable aluminium storage cabinets are included in the comprehensive specification, with the launch vehicle on the Whale stand also fitted with an optional swivel hose and up-rated rear leaf spring suspension.
An example of the 4.5t GVW CityWhale Midi is also on display at the CV show, outside the front entrance to the main concourse. Built on the Nissan Cabstar Euro 5 chassis, it shares many of the features and benefits of its smaller Micro sibling, but with a larger 2,000 litre capacity aluminium tank (600 litres water, 1,400 litres sludge).
The Midi model also features a higher rated Jurop PN58 suction pump, although the Pratissoli KT22 high pressure pump is common to both Micro and Midi models. The transfer box is the Hydrocar P22 Z3 on the 4.5t GVW unit.
Available later this year, the CityWhale Major will be based on the Mitsubishi Fuso chassis and will feature a 3,800 litre tank (800 litres water, 3,000 litre waste) with a jetting pump performance of 80 litres/min at 200bar.
Speaking at the show, Whale Tankers’ Commercial Director, Chris Anderson said, “Our partnership with Baroclean, a leading European manufacturer with particular expertise in lightweight combination units, has allowed us to develop the CityWhale as an exciting addition to our product range.”
“The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 created the onus on clearing drain blockages in situ, rather than simply just jetting the blockage further down the drainage system. This highly flexible combination unit gives both suction and jetting capability, mounted on a popular chassis, which will allow operators to work in situations which might be inaccessible to larger machines.”
He added, “Baroclean is a well established and respected manufacturer, who shares our philosophy on quality and attention to detail. Supplied and supported by Whale, this versatile combination unit will complement well our existing CompactWhale range.”