UK builder’s merchant Merkko has taken delivery of two 14 tonne/metre HMF 1420 K2 loader cranes mounted on Mercedes 6x2 Actros trucks.
Supplied with a Kinshofer KM331 brick grab, the rear mounted 1420 can handle its a maximum capacity of 5.24 tonnes at 2.4 metres and up to 1,530kg at a radius of 8.3 metres. Chassis features include drop-side bodies, Mercedes’ MirrorCam and Active Brake Assist 5 systems which uses a combination of radar and cameras to apply the vehicles brakes should a pedestrian cross its path. Offering a spare payload of 13.5 tonnes, the new units will be used to deliver bricks, blocks, cement, timber and other construction materials.
Managing director Ian Duckitt, said: “We were looking to match the payload potential of our outgoing 26 tonne trucks yet the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs offer an extra tonne of carrying capacity. I don’t know how much of that weight saving is down to the chassis, how much to the body and how much to the crane, but in truth I’m not bothered. All that matters to me is that these vehicles offer an increase in carrying capacity of a magnitude that’s already making a big difference in terms of productivity and cost control.”
Established by Duckitt in 2007, Merkko offers a range of heavy construction materials to groundworkers, builders and construction firms from its locations in Abingdon and Aldermaston.