After over two and a half years and more than 2,500 hours of owning one of Germany’s Schaffer articulated loaders, the City of Canning is more than happy with the strength of the front end loader that they purchased.
Schaffer’s 4048 articulated loaders were bought by the council for the verge collection service, which involves picking up waste from the curb and putting it directly into a compactor truck.
The City of Canning’s Waste Services Manager, John Howley said, “We provide three pick-ups of junk and green waste per year to 34,000 households and we are extremely happy with the Schaffer articulated loaders reliability.”
“During the period that we have operated the Schaffer Loader, other councils and commercial operators have observed the City's service and have been impressed with the articulated loaders operation of it and the comments made by our drivers.”
The council required a small, robust front end loader that could be towed on a trailer behind the rubbish collection vehicle and Schaffers articulated loaders are light enough to suit the load capacity of the trailer.
The Schaffer articulated loaders height was also found to be the lowest on the market, which allowed the operators to get under trees where household often stack green waste, further increasing efficiency of their operation.
With higher articulated loaders, the operators much get out and do it by hand, slowing the process down, particularly on hot or wet days.
Mr Howley said, “The Schaffer team has provided excellent service, and the council has no doubt that the articulated loaders performance will continue, to provide the best service possible to the city's verge pick-up operations.”
The City of Canning chose one of the Schaffer Loaders after receiving feedback from the operators about what features they wanted in articulated loaders.
They were impressed with Schaffers articulated loaders because they are well built, met Australian safety standards and parts are available locally, to ensure that the loader remains operational.
The express 3 day service from Schaffer loaders in Europe also impressed the council, although it hasn’t ever been tested as all parts required for the loader have been in stock locally and provided the next day.
The Council’s Machine Operator, Stuart Maddison said, “I find it very user-friendly, easy to operate - particularly over curbs with its oscillating articulation joint, it’s smoother and more comfortable than other articulated loaders and it has good visibility."
The City of Canning continues to be amazed by what Schaffer articulated loaders can do.
Mr Maddison said, “It does the job beautifully, it’s at the right speed and it suits the job that we need it for.”