Please see case studies below
Re-manufactured Vehicle Boosts Waste Paper Business Expansion
Neil Taylor Waste Paper Merchants based in West Molesey, Surrey have been collecting and recycling waste paper from printers, offices and mailing houses since 1995.
In July 2011 business owner Neil Taylor decided to purchase a refuse vehicle to expand the capacity of the business by accommodating more ‘factory friendly’ green wheelie bins, as well as caged stillage and compactor bin collections.
Neil approached Gloucestershire-based Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) looking for a rear steer vehicle with a 13 tonne payload capacity.
Specialists in re-manufactured refuse vehicles, RVS re-build vehicles according to each customer’s individual specifications. Such is the quality of their work that the reliability and lifetime of an RVS re-manufactured vehicle is on a par with a new vehicle, but at a fraction of the cost (approximately 40% less).
First, RVS sourced a 6x2 rear steer with Beta Dennis Eagle trade lift, and then modified the vehicle by fitting a VWS weighing system designed to weigh every bin and provide a print out in the chassis cab. The vehicle was also fitted with the latest CCTV technology and LED lighting from Vision Techniques.
RVS runs its own purpose-built paint centre, based in Warwickshire, comprising a 350 sqm preparation shop and a 200 sqm paint shop. The facility is designed to accommodate heavy transport and is equipped with the latest technology including a drying oven that can produce fully-hardened 2 pack paint in under an hour.
From placing the order, the vehicle was sourced, modified, painted, MOT’d, taxed and delivered ready for work in under 4 weeks.
Owner, Neil Taylor said: “The vehicle was presented to us in superb condition and has impressed our existing clients as well as attracting the attention of some new customers. We have been able to expand our collection capabilities and meet the needs of a wider range of clients.”
Refuse Vehicle Solutions Supplies Pakawaste With Hire Fleet
Pakawaste Ltd engaged the services of vehicle re-manufacturing specialists, Refuse Vehicle Solutions, to source the fleet for the launch of its new municipal hire division, Pakawaste Municipal Hire.
Pakawaste Municipal Hire aims to service both the public and private sector, offering a range of municipal vehicles, from small electric vehicles to 32 tonne trucks.
Having already secured a large North Yorkshire contract, Pakawaste Municipal Hire tasked RVS with sourcing 7 Refuse Collection Vehicles in an almost impossible 6-week time frame.
Spencer Law, owner of RVS and his team of experts, set to work on sourcing the parts and re-manufacturing the vehicles, to the identical specification: 6x4 Dennis Eagle Chassis and Phoenix 2 body with Terberg OmniDEL bin lift.
RVS strips down the vehicles and bin lifting equipment entirely, replacing all vulnerable or worn parts, then re-paints each individual component before re-fitting and re-building. The cabs are re-upholstered and the vehicles fully serviced, tested and before being delivered ready for work.
The vehicles were presented so well that the authority mistook the vehicles as new and straight from the manufacturer’s factory.
Spencer Law, RVS: “In most cases a customer would expect to wait anything between 20-24 weeks to receive a new fleet of this size and specification. We did it in under 6 weeks, and at a fraction of the cost.”
David Hamer, Group Managing Director, Pakawaste:
"RVS have supplied the majority of vehicles for our new hire division and we are delighted with every aspect of their service. The vehicles were remanufactured to the highest standards, MOT'd and serviced before being delivered 'as new', all in under 6 weeks. Since then the after-sales and back up service has been terrific."
A Different League of Second Hand Vehicle
Swindon Commercial Services Ltd (SCS) is a wholly owned company of Swindon Borough Council and is responsible for the waste collection, recycling, grounds & housing maintenance and fleet services within the local authority area. SCS operates a fleet of 16 RCV’s and, in the past, if there was any shortfall in capacity due to a vehicle being off road for example, they would hire a replacement vehicle.
In order to continue to focus on efficiencies, in September this year, when an older vehicle was due for replacement, SCS decided to look at the possibility of purchasing a second hand vehicle.
Martin Britchford, Fleet Buyer, Swindon Commercial Services, explains: “We had bought refurbished vehicles in the past and decided to adopt a similar approach with a view to sourcing a replacement vehicle.”
Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) are specialists in the re-manufacturing of second hand refuse vehicles, from full or partial body re-manufacturing to the provision of a complete refuse vehicle.
Said Martin: “Our vehicle workshop manager recommended RVS to me as a potential supplier, so I got in touch to see if they could meet our requirements for a quality second hand RCV.”
Martin needed a vehicle with a trade lift and on-board weighing system and asked RVS, along with a number of other suppliers, to see what they could do.
Continued Martin: “I visited RVS’ premises and saw one of their recently completed re-manufactured vehicles. It was pretty impressive.”
RVS got the order and true to their word delivered the vehicle, matching the specification precisely, within 3 weeks. The vehicle cost less than 20% of the price of a new vehicle and has the same operational lifetime.
Added Martin: “You would think it was a new vehicle, such is its condition, both inside and out. Even now some of the crew just can’t believe that it is a re-manufactured vehicle because it looks brand new.”
“I would have no hesitation in approaching RVS if we had a similar requirement in the future. There is definitely a niche in the market place for this kind of quality of second hand vehicle.”