In what represents one of the most exciting developments in the municipal equipment sector in recent years, Whale Tankers and Econ promoted the success of their ongoing relationship on the Whale Tankers’ stand at this year’s PAWRS.
Having made available a premium product that now sees Whale’s medium volume combination tanker units equipped with Econ’s QCB 2000 (Quick Change Body) system – branded a DMC (demountable medium combination) – the two organisations have built an additional demonstration unit that is being exhibited at the show.
The new Whale/Econ gully emptier – featuring the DAF FA LF 55.220 4 x 2 18-tonne chassis and Whale’s specifically designed Demountable 7000 litre Tank, which has a 4000 litre Debris tank with a division and pannier tanks giving 3000 litres of fresh water. The specification boasts many of the new features that Whale has introduced to its MVC tanker. The DMC can also be specified as a 26-tonne GVW variant.
Commenting on the ongoing success of the partnership, Whale Tankers’ Managing Director, Mark Warmington said: “Since the Whale/Econ relationship started, we have seen a constant increase in demand, in particular from a larger number of local authority operators. The appeal of the product comes from the fact that it offers greater utilisation of the chassis and capital equipment all year round”.
Andrew Lupton of Econ Engineering added: “The new demountable variant has already proved very successful, with initial demonstrations having resulted in a series of spin-off orders being secured. Indeed such has been the demand to see the product demonstrated that it made perfect commercial sense to build an additional unit.”
The DMC Whale features a number of improved performance, health and safety related features and product enhancements. The most significant is the use of a radically new Hose storage feature. The storage holds four lengths of 3m long 4” diameter hose in a fully designed drop down rack and with manual handling in mind is counterbalanced for ease of operation, locking safely into position when stowed.
In addition the operating control system, with the new PLC (Programmable Logic Control) gives the benefit of an electronic standardised system, which allows complete fleet interchangability and in turn more efficient operation.
DMC Whale also incorporates Whale’s recently introduced anti-vibration gully boom control unit – developed in-house as a means of reducing health and safety concerns surrounding hand-arm (HAV) vibration.
Alongside the new features that now form part of Whale’s standard vehicle specification, a number of optional extras can also be specified. These are:
• A dedicated lockable nozzle storage facility.
• Soft Start to Jetting handgun.
• Dual Function Digital Hose Reel Trip Meter
• Remote greasing facility to the Gully Boom Swivel
• Heated Storage Locker
• Timed Pulsation facility to the Jetting system