QUATTRO GROUP STEAMS AHEAD WITH FLEET OF NEW ANDOVER STEP FRAMES
30 April 2013
Specialist plant hire business Quattro Group has invested in standardising and modernising its fleet of trailers with an order for 10 SFCL 67 four axle step frames from Andover Trailers, worth nearly £700,000.
The East London-based company is responsible for providing 30 per cent of the specialist wheeled and tracked ‘road rail vehicles’ (RRVs) used throughout the UK, as well as hiring machinery capable of dealing with a vast range of construction and civil engineering projects.
Having previously purchased second-hand trailers from Andover, Quattro Group was so impressed with their strong performance they tasked Andover with building a fleet of new step frames to a bespoke specification.
Each new trailer features a low profile neck, plus rail lines in the floor of the neck, lower deck and beavertail to allow easy loading of RRVs. The specification also includes two fixed and two self-tracking BPW axles, to aid manoeuvrability and minimise tyre wear, BPW air suspension with a Wabco raise/lower valve, which can be used to lower the trailer for loading and unloading. Slide out extensions are fitted to the deck, bridge and beavertail to assist with loading wide machines.
Worth approximately £70,000 each, the trailers are fitted with a number of safety features to meet Quattro Group’s high standards of health and safety. This includes Andover’s innovative slide out safety lights, halogen reversing lights, strobe beacons on the rear ramps and floodlights all the way round the trailer for safer working at night.
The trailers also feature a bespoke working at height system, which Andover has engineered for use even when the side extensions are deployed. This means that when loading wide machines, such as an excavator, it can be set-up around the outside of the excavator’s tracks, to ensure maximum safety.
John Murphy, Managing Director at Quattro Group, says: “Our previous experience with Andover-supplied trailers demonstrated their suitability to our demanding operation. When we were looking to standardise and upgrade our fleet, Andover seemed like the perfect fit.
“Through 23 years of hard work we have become the second largest rail plant provider in the UK, and one of the largest operators of municipal equipment such as gritters. As such, we are committed to ongoing investment to keep us ahead of the competition and I am delighted that we have been able to form such a strong relationship with Andover.”
The 10 SFCL 67 step frames also combine hydraulic power toe ramps with Andover’s unique fuel-saving fold-forward ramps – the first time Andover has incorporated this ramp technology on a 53 tonne payload trailer. Andover’s design team worked hard to combine the two technologies, whilst also adding hydraulic sideways movement to the ramps, to enable Quattro Group to load machines of varying widths. The new fleet is finished in ‘Post Office Red’, with an integral tool box built into the centre of the neck.
All 10 trailers have been supplied on a contract hire agreement by Prohire.
The Quattro Group was formed in 1989 in Stratford and has built up an impressive reputation within the plant hire sector for providing the perfect machine for each individual application.
For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Ivan Collins at Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Industrial Estate, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP. Tel: 01264 358 944 or e-mail: email@example.com Website: www.andovertrailers.co.uk
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