Mercian Skip Hire, based at Kings Norton on the outskirts of Birmingham are said to be one of the fastest growing skip hire businesses in the West Midlands and have been trading for over 12 years. In recent years the company has invested heavily in new trucks and plant & machinery to keep the business at the top of its game, enabling them to offer the most reliable service to its customers, many of which are blue chip national companies.
Historically in the past Mercian had used competitors’ excavators and wheeled loaders but in more recent years the company has turned to Hyundai kit supplied by local dealer Molson Group. 
“We did take demonstration models from all the major players and really did our homework evaluating the machines like for like,” says Mercian’s Site Manager Stephen Shiels. “We really liked the look of the Hyundai’s and felt that they represented excellent value for money, in addition feedback from our operators was very good regarding the Hyundai’s.”
“Molson offered the best overall deal, so we went with them and opted for the premium extended warranty package, so for us it’s literally a case of just adding fuel, which offers us great peace of mind going forward,” says Shiels. “We are now 3-years into this working relationship with Molson and we are already in the process of planning the next upgrade to our fleet of machines”.
The oldest Hyundai on the fleet is an R 210LC-9 hydraulic excavator which was a second-hand unit supplied by Molson, this machine is primarily engaged in feeding shredded material onto an MK Group FBS1200 feeder belt which feeds a STS920 trommel screen.

By contrast the newest machine on the fleet is a 6-month-old HX220L hydraulic excavator is fitted with a fixed demo style grab mounted via a Geith fully automatic hydraulic quick hitch which it uses to load the shredder.
The prime movers around the yard are a pair of Hyundai HL760-9A wheeled loading shovels. The Waste Handler model includes a number of significant upgrades over its standard counterpart in the wheeled loader range. Including: uprated heavy duty axles for improved performance under load and frequent braking; front and rear window guards; and heavy duty rear grill guard.

The machines also benefit from additional heavy duty underside belly guards to prevent damage from any potential debris build up around the engine or transmission, fuel tank guarding, hitch and steering cylinder guards are also provided as standard in waste spec as is automatic hose protection and air pre-cleaner with mesh screen.
Molson also supplied and fitted the HL960-9A’s with SG Revolution air cushioned solid tyres which have proven to be the ideal choice in this kind of application. A Lincoln Auto-Lube system is also fitted and an in cab RDS Loadmaster – Alpha 50 weigh loader systems were also installed.
“These machines have proven to be excellent for our family business, the operators are on them all day, every day and they love them and as we know happy operators are productive operators,” says Shiels. “It’s well known that machines deployed into the waste sector take a beating, such is the harsh nature of the environment they are working in, but these Hyundai’s have proven to be more than up to the challenge in every aspect”.