For quick fix urban road repairs, you don’t need a huge 18-tonner blocking roads. Plenty of councils have identified this issue and are ordering 7-tonne Iveco Daily vans with hotboxes fitted through Dawsongroup Sweepers.
Dawsongroup Sweepers have now taken delivery of 10 Iveco Daily chassis cabs for conversion to ‘Hotbox’ road repair vehicles.
The company’s business hasn’t slowed down throughout the pandemic, which means that all 10 of the new Daily vehicles are already spoken for and will be off to their end users shortly after receipt from the bodybuilder.
The 72C18HA8 vehicles feature Iveco’s 180hp 3.0 F1C diesel, with 430Nm of torque and driven through the 8-speed automatic HI-MATIC gearbox.
Supplied by Northern Commercials Brighouse, the 3750mm wheelbase vehicles have had Thompsons tipping “Hotbox’ bodies fitted, and have been taken on long-term rental contracts by a variety of local authority and utility sector customers. They’ll work transporting and dispensing fresh tarmac for the repair of road networks and installation or reinstatement of infrastructure, such as streetlights. Various FORS accreditation options remain available to customers dependent on their operational safety needs before delivery to end users.
“We’ve built a strong relationship with Iveco and Northern Commercials, who are based a matter of yards from our own depot,” commented Dawsongroup Sweepers MD, Glen Carruthers.
“Daily 7-tonne range presents a compelling package for our rental user’s needs. With chassis cabs at 7.2-tonnes GVW, licensing is relatively simple, and we benefit from an impressive payload with a comparatively small overall footprint. The Daily’s high levels of specification and HI-MATIC gearbox provide us with a premium customer offering which is versatile, comfortable, and reliable.”
The business has built a reputation on its superior service and believes that offering high-quality equipment specified for driver comfort boosts customer satisfaction and encourages repeat business. The heavy-duty construction and 3,500kg (3,300kg for 7.2 tonne HI-MATIC) towing capacity of the Daily 7-Tonne range gives assurances that it’s ready for any mission.
Smaller is better for Hotboxes
“Traditionally, this type of vehicle sits upon a much larger chassis, between 7.5 and 18-tonnes gross. However, much of Dawsongroup’s customers work is carried out in areas where access can be limited and time is in short supply,” added Mike Cutts, Iveco UK’s Light Business-line Director.
“With Daily 7-Tonne, we’re able to offer operators a far more suitable vehicle that offers just as much punch as its bigger compatriots in terms of payload. In health & safety terms, Daily comes up trumps again with a smaller footprint, lower working height and a cab far better suited to maintaining exemplary site safety, with a driver’s line-of sight comparable to that of a pedestrian.”
Dawsongroup Sweepers usually runs its vehicles for three to five years dependent on usage and expect these to cover an annual mileage of around 20,000 miles. The high demand for this batch of Daily has since seen Dawsongroup place an additional order for caged tippers on the same Daily 7.2t platform.