Truckpages has a wide selection of used refuse trucks for sale from dealers across the UK. Specialist equipment and very expensive when new, many of these bin lorries will end up heading for export markets.
Waste operators tend to hold onto these trucks for some while, as they are so expensive to invest in initially. This means that it is unusual to find a late example of a used refuse trucks for sale advertised – they come up, so if you are in the market for one, then we suggest you act fast as they do not hang around for too long.
Remember however, these waste trucks are specialist bits of kit. Consider not only payloads (do I want a 4×2 or a 6×2) but also the type of equipment that is fitted to the truck. For example, don’t buy a front end loader if the job you have never has the requirement to lift the bins in this way – you are simply losing payload and buying metal you don’t need.
Interested in reading more about the types of refuse trucks? Read more…>
For Auction at CVA Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on 2021-03-04 *HEMEL* CREW CAB, DENNIS OLYMPUS 14N BODY, BIN LIFT, REAR VIEW CAMERA* Price is Plus VAT * Fortnightly auctions featuring stock from Doncaster, Hemel Hempstead & Scotland.
For Auction at CVA Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on 2021-02-23 Lot No: 200 *HEMEL* DAY CAB, STEEL REAR SUSP, GARWOOD 25/75 SPLIT BODY, GARWOOD SPLIT BIN LIFT, A/C,WEIGH SYSTEM MoT: 2021-02-28* Price is Plus VAT * ...
For Auction at CVA Starlaw Business Park, Livingston, EH54 8SF on 2021-02-23 Lot No: 205 * LIVINGSTON* CREWCAB FAUN BODY, ZOELLER SPLIT LIFT, REAR VIEW CAMERA* Price is Plus VAT * Weekly auctions featuring stock from Doncaster, Hemel...
Carr Hill Industrial Estate, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 8DE
For Auction at CVA Carr Hill Industrial Estate, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 8DE on 2021-02-23 Lot No: 203 *DONCASTER* CREWCAB, MID-LIFT STEER, A/C, HEIL PLK 22.1M BODY, TERBERG SPLIT LIFT MoT: 2022-01-31* Price is Plus VAT * Weekly...
Carr Hill Industrial Estate, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 8DE
For Auction at CVA Carr Hill Industrial Estate, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 8DE on 2021-02-23 Lot No: 204 *DONCASTER* CREWCAB, REAR-LIFT STEER, HUB REDUCTION, A/C, FAUN DU5 Z BODY, ZOELLER SPLIT LIFT* Price is Plus VAT * ...
REF TG 2017 - 2008 58, MERCEDES BENZ ECONIC 2629, 6X4 CREW CAB, EURO 5, 300,000 KMS WARRANTED, DOUBLE DRIVE, AIR SUSPENSION FRONT AND REAR, REVERSING CAMERA, FITTED WITH NOBRA REFUSE BODY AND DOUBLE BIN LIFT, ONE OWNER FROM...
For Auction at CVA Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on 2021-02-23 Lot No: 201 *HEMEL* DAY CAB, 1 RIDE BODY, BIN LIFT MoT: 2021-08-31* Price is Plus VAT * * Seller: DIRECT COUNCIL* Weekly auctions featuring stock...
What does a typical operator want from a refuse truck? They will need to be able to safely transport a team of workers to the job, so plenty of seating in the cab is ideal.
When dealing with trade waste, the issue of transporting a team around becomes less important and it is more about having the right payload and lifts for the jobs in hand.
Reliability is important and how easy the truck is to drive and manoeuvre – there are plenty of narrow streets to navigate. So fully automatic hydraulic gearboxes like those manufactured by Allison, (rather than automated gearboxes that are on most trucks) are the right tool for the job.
Operating refuse trucks in urban environments means that operators will encounter the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) and Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). These schemes work together to help companies and truck operators work safely. The CLOCS side is driven by the construction industry that is all-encompassing, whilst the FORS is the actual transport element used by the fleet operators. If an operator is FORS silver compliant, then they are compliant with CLOCS.
Euro 6 Regeneration Issues
Regeneration – no nothing to do with Dr. Who, but for many modern, Euro 6 trucks they need to clear out the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) on a regular basis. This usually takes place at high temperatures on motorways, but refuse trucks rarely make it onto a motorway – certainly for any great distance. This means that the truck has to heat itself up when stationary (active regeneration and can take up to one hour!). This uses fuel, is time consuming and can be dangerous.
Watch the DAF Regeneration Video for Advice
Manufacturers such as Iveco play strongly on the fact that their Euro 6 trucks use a different (SCR Only) approach. This means that they do not have to self-regenerate – they don’t have a low-entry cab at present, so this makes purchasing one for urban refuse operations more tricky.
As the operators will be in and out of the cab plenty of times during the day, a ‘low-entry’ cab is ideal. These cabs resemble the front end of a coach more closely than a truck, but it means that there is usually just one step up rather than two, three or sometimes even four steps to get into a truck cab.
There are two main examples of low entry cabs, the Dennis Elite and the Mercedes Econic. Scania have recently launched the L-Series low entry cab, but there will not be many for sale in the UK’s used refuse truck market for some while to come.
Similarly, Volvo’s FE low entry cab has been around in its current guise since 2018 but relatively few are seen (and the cab looks less purpose designed and more like a cut and shut to the existing cab.)
Part of the Dutch Terberg Group, Dennis Eagle, (yes they used to make fire engines too but the two parts of the company were split some while back) manufacture their 1,000 or so trucks in the UK. In Their strength is the direct vision capabilities of the cab design – meeting direct vision standards (DVS) has become increasingly important across many cities. London, for example has standards beginning in 2021 Read More.
This means that we will be seeing more Dennis Eagle trucks on the road, but with non-municipal bodies on.
Whilst customers are free to buy a Dennis Elite as a chassis cab, Dennis Eagle have their own range of refuse bodies – the Olympus as well as a bin lift – the beta range. Ordering the complete refuse truck directly from Dennis should shorten overall lead times, as there will only be one stage in the build and therefore less paperwork as far as the vehicle type approval is concerned.
Around the corner is Dennis’ ‘Ecollect’ fully electric refuse truck – watch this space.
With the might of Daimler, the largest truck manufacturer in the world behind it, it is perhaps not surprising that Mercedes have designed and built a specialist low-entry cab – the Econic.
With a five-star direct vision rating and Mercedes-Benz’ most up to date engine technology it is not a cheap option, but operators recognise the build quality and the support available from the manufacturer. There are always plenty of used Mercedes Econic trucks for sale at Truckpages.
Refuse bodies are highly specialist and we recommend carrying out extensive research into the type available. There are a number of UK dealers who specialise in refuse trucks, so it would be worthwhile telling them about your business for them to make suggestions about the best type of used refuse truck to suit you.
Here are some areas to bear in mind that may prompt questions that you can ask of the selling dealer.
Does the truck have a split body? – This is ideal for separating waste and collections
Is there a current LOLER test? – This is a general safety test for all lifting equipment
Type of loader/lift(s)? – Choice of rear lift, kerbside lift and/or front-end loaders
Does it have an onboard weighing system? – Helps greatly with compliance
Is it fitted with Cameras? Perfect for on-site safety and for pedestrian safety
There are plenty of different manufacturers of bodies that can be fitted to your chassis – whether a low entry cab or otherwise.
Brands of Lift Manufacturers
Faun (models include Variopress, Rotopress, Powerpress, Selectapress Duo, Sidepress and Frontpress
Greener Ealing is a brand new trading company belonging to Ealing Council (West London) and has commissioned 32 Econic refuse collection vehicles as part of a major investment in new equipment. Brand new Econic fleet for Ealing Council The Econic Specification Supplied by Dealer S & B Commercials, the 26-tonne 6x2 chassis have rear-steer axles that enhance manoeuvrability and are fitted with FAUN Zoeller Variopress compaction bodies and bin lifts. A further three, which will have dual compartment Selectapress bodies with a 70:30 split by the same manufacturer, are still to be delivered. As specified by Greener Ealing the Econic…>
The most impressive piece of news is that local councils are actually investing in infrastructure for providing services to the residents of the borough. Many councils will outsource the work or underinvest in a fleet renewal programme, but the ULEZ is forcing the hands of some boroughs. Lewisham has acquired no fewer than 39 Econics over the last few years. The council’s latest order of 24 Econics went to Mercedes-Benz Dealer Orwell Truck & Van to complete their waste collection and recycling vehicle replacement programme, adding to the 15 Econics acquired a couple of years ago. One of Lewisham Council's…>
Well, we are confused. It seems that Dennis Eagle won the tender for Reigate & Banstead council’s new refuse trucks. Nothing out of the ordinary there. However they are supplying eleven new Mercedes-Benz Econics. The trucks are fitted with Dennis Eagle Olympus Twin Pack compaction bodies, so there you are. Crystal clear. The Econics were supplied by Mercedes Dealer City West Commercials and are significantly cleaner in terms of emissions than the seven-year-old vehicles they have replaced. Their OmniDEL triple bin lifts, meanwhile, are electrically operated – not only are they quieter than the lifts used on previous refuse collection…>
The electric DAF CF rigids and tractor units are being made available for sale after successful field tests. No mention of pricing at this stage – but it will probably be from the Rolls Royce School, “If Sir has to ask the price, Sir probably can’t afford it”. DAF has beefed up the batteries, extending the range, whilst still managing to save a substantial 700kgs in weight, such is the pace of battery development. DAF CF Electric as a Tractor Unit Double the Range Using VDL e-power technology DAF has managed to double the CF Electric’s range to more than…>
With a full range of series production electric trucks available to order today from the 3.1 tonne GVW Renault Master ZE to the most recent addition, the 26 tonne GVW D Wide ZE, Renault Trucks claims to have the UK’s first right hand drive 100% electric serial production truck, a Range D Wide 26 tonne 6x2 rigid. “Today marks a significant milestone in our transformation of urban mobility, with the arrival in the UK of the first fully electric MHD launched earlier this year,” says Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director, Renault Trucks UK & Ireland. He continues: “Major cities, starting with…>