Demand for the Whale/Econ gully emptier continues to remain buoyant, Wrexham County Borough Council being one of the latest local authorities seeking to utilise the quick change demountable vehicle system that has been jointly developed by Whale Tankers and Econ Engineering – two of the UK’s leading specialist vehicle producers.
Demonstrating its commitment to the body swap concept, Wrexham Council has ordered two Whale/Econ gully emptiers, one of which represents the first 26-tonne vehicle of its kind. The unit - supplied with Whale’s high capacity 10,500-litre high volume combination tank - has been adapted from an existing ACB (Annual Change Body) spreader to accommodate the Whale/Econ QCB system.
In addition, the local authority has ordered a second smaller unit that sees Whale’s 10,500-litre combination tanker fitted to the Mercedes 4200 18-tonne GVW 4 x 4 chassis. Both units not only optimise the speed with which body units can be swapped, they deliver impressive jetting and vacuuming capabilities
Complete with Mistral 400 series exhauster/compressor vacuum system and OCRA 240 high pressure jetting pump delivering 120 l/min at 120 bar, the new Whale/Econ unit uses the same hydraulic system, providing weight savings whilst negating the need for the duplication of hydraulic circuitry.
Commenting on behalf of Wrexham Council, Transport Manager, Dave Roberts said: “We decided on the swap body system as it will provide us with greater flexibility, whilst the speed with which bodies can be changed over is an added bonus. Whale and Econ are leaders in their respective fields who have come together to deliver what is an innovative demount system that has obvious benefits to local authority operators such as ourselves.”
Representing one of the most exciting developments in the municipal equipment sector in recent years, Whale Tankers and Econ have made available a premium product that sees Whale’s low and medium volume combination tanker units equipped with Econ’s QCB 2000 (Quick Change Body) system.
In order to build on the existing relationship that exists between Whale and Econ, a new 18-tonne demonstrator was showcased on the Econ stand at the recent Londonderry Show. The new Whale/Econ gully emptier - featuring the DAF XX 4 x 2 chassis and Whale’s 7000 litre single compartment water/sludge tank - boasts many new features that Whale has recently introduced to its GullyWhale Plus MVC tanker.