Dyfed-based Gravelle Plant Ltd has expanded its use of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from Bell Equipment, purchasing four Bell B30E machines to complement its previous order for seven pre-owned Bell D-series ADTs in 2013.
Gravelle has experienced a recent surge in orders, with fleet expansion required to accommodate supply to construction and excavation projects from Scotland to Cornwall. As such, the call for ADTs with the power to perform has increased substantially, as Managing Director Peter Gravelle explains:
“Our latest purchases with Bell could not have come at a better time. We’ve kept our eyes on the manufacturer over the years, as we’ve had some exceptional machines from them in the past, each of which has proven itself throughout its working lifetime.
“With our recent need to expand, it made sense to look closer at what Bell had to offer, particularly with regard to brake engineering.”
Peter goes on to say how the varying conditions his machines perform within can have a harsh effect on the brake systems of the ADTs within his fleet, and their mechanics. Taking the opportunity to consider improved design options, he looked seriously at the Bell B30E ADT, before purchasing an additional four machines with twin-board brake systems.
“The design of the Bell B30E includes a hydraulic transmission retarder, which is powerful enough to significantly reduce ‘brake use’. This in effect can extend the pad life by up to five times. The machines also feature wet disc brakes as standard, which can also lower vehicular running costs.”
Peter goes on to mention his confidence in Bell, having purchased a number of 40 tonne machines in the past, all of which have exceeded his expectations.
“Adding to our fleet, we bought seven Bell D-series ADTs in 2013, all of which have been doing a really good job, however dump trucks are busy pieces of kit, which is why in light of the success we’ve experienced so far with Bell, we’ve returned – fully assured – to them once again to help load up our fleet.”
Responding to Gravelle’s positive experience, Bell Equipment UK Sales & Marketing Manager Richard Higgott said: “We’re always delighted to hear that our machines have performed to such high standards, that their reputations are further enhanced.
“Knowing that the design of our ADTs in this instance, regarding the brake systems, has satisfied beyond expectation is a positive testimonial indeed.”