Mick Clifton, operations manager at Stanton Recycling, said: “We’ve tried loading shovels, but they don’t offer the same manoeuvrability as the loadalls which also have a comparable capacity. The 560-80s are the best machines for this environment. We don’t have a lot of room inside our buildings for large waste moving machines so JCB’s loadall fits the bill for our compact site.”
Clifton said the machines are used for most jobs on site. “One minute it can be a forklift, the next it can be a loader. Some loading shovels, can do this but changing attachments is not as easy,” explained the operations manager, adding that all of Stanton’s JCBs multitask. “They can all do each others’ jobs with their universal attachments. This means that if one of our machines needs servicing, we can swap over to another in a matter of minutes so production never stops.”
Outside the buildings, Stanton uses its JS145 to handle green waste brought in by the local council. Stanton shreds this waste to create compost for selling to commercial companies. Like the Loadalls, the JS145 can be quickly reassigned with a switch of an attachment.
“We have looked at other machines but they are not a patch on the JCBs. Our drivers love them because of the great visibility from the cabs and they get to work in a very comfortable environment. That’s particularly important because they don’t get fatigued while working six to seven hours a day,” said Clifton.
According to the operations manager, safety has always been paramount on Stanton’s site, which reports over 4,600 (and counting) working days without any accidents. “That’s very good for the waste industry, During a recent routine inspection, the HSE were impressed with the JCBs’ reversing cameras, visibility and white noise sirens.”
For Stanton, reliable back-up is said to be crucial. “There’s no machine that won’t break down eventually, so it’s all about how quickly it can be fixed,” commented Clifton. “We have had machines in the past from other suppliers where we couldn’t get parts for two to three weeks but with JCB, if we do have a problem it will be fixed within 24-48 hours. This is vital for machines operating in a rugged environment such as waste transfer site."
Stanton normally exchanges its vehicles on a three-year cycle – sometimes four years, depending on the hours they do. JCB said the machines' solid tyres won’t have to be replaced during its lifespan on the site. “The oldest machine on site is coming up to 4500 hours – that will be the next machine to be traded in for a like for like JCB replacement," added Clifton.