Dennis Eagle rolls out one thousand Elite 2 cabs

Dennis Eagle reported a notable landmark at last month's CIWM Torbay event stating, that despite having only officially launched its all new Elite 2 cab at the show 12 months ago, "unprecedented levels of demand for the product has already seen the 1000th cab roll off the production line at Dennis Eagle's cab manufacturing plant in Blackpool.

"The demand for the new Elite 2 cab and the acceptance it has received in the marketplace has exceeded everyone's expectations, and we are delighted that output of the 1000th cab coincides with the first anniversary of its launch," states Dennis Eagle's Managing Director of Commercial Operations, Norman Thoday.

"In redesigning the original Elite cab, a product that was extremely successful in its own right for some 12 years, we aimed to deliver a new generation product that provides operators the best low entry cab option there is."

Production output of the Elite 2 cab reflects the high levels of demand that Dennis Eagle is continuing to enjoy across both its chassis and body range, not only here in the UK but throughout many export markets. At Blackpool, for example, output of Dennis Eagle's RCV cabs increased by some 57% last year.

Waste management order

The company also reports that Biffa Leicester - the company established by Biffa Waste Services to coordinate the waste management contract for Leicester City Council over the next 25 years - has deployed an RCV fleet that majors on the Dennis Eagle brand.

In total, some 32 Dennis Eagle chassis and bodies have been supplied to Biffa Leicester to deliver a number of schemes that centre on the collection, treatment and disposal of household waste from the City's 117,000 domestic properties. Providing the backbone of the Biffa Leicester fleet are some 17 complete Dennis Eagle RCVs that sees the Elite 6 X 2 mid-lift chassis - supplied with driver plus three Elite 2 cab - mated with the Phoenix 2 23 general compaction body. Engaged on the weekly-wheeled bin collection of primarily general household waste, the vehicles feature a combination of Terberg and Dennis Eagle's Beta Paladin bin lifts.

Central to Biffa Leicester's recycling scheme, which aims to achieve a 40% recycling figure for the community by August, is a powerful combination that sees a bespoke version of Dennis Eagle's Elite 6 X 2 rear steer chassis aligned to a purpose-built three compartment Terberg Combi-box body. The 11 vehicle recycling fleet will be responsible for a weekly collection of glass, plastics and paper. Each of the 6 X 2 rear steer Elite chassis also feature the low entry driver plus three Elite 2 cab.

Completing the Dennis Eagle product line-up at Biffa Leicester are four Phoenix 2 25 bodies with Terberg bin lifts that are also working on general waste collection and which are operating under 8 X 4 chassis.

Twin Packs for Chelmsford

Chelmsford Borough Council has recently strengthened its RCV fleet dedicated to dry recyclables, having taken delivery of its first Dennis Eagle Twin Packs. In what remains the most popular dual compartment bodywork option within the recycling sector, Chelmsford Borough Council is using the three Twin Packs to help it realise a 23% recycling figure this year, rising to 40% by 2007.

Joining a recycling fleet that already totals 17, the Twin Packs are being used to service some 60,000 properties across the borough. Complete with Terberg triple bin lifts, and featuring the driver plus three Elite 2 cab mounted on the robust Elite 6 X 4 chassis, the new vehicles are operating on an alternate week collection cycle. Kerbside collection of paper is being deposited in the Twin Pack's larger body compartment, the smaller one being used for either plastic or cardboard.

In addition to the Twin Packs, Chelmsford Borough Council also deploys Dennis Eagle's general compaction RCVs to support its green recycling initiative. Nine single-bodied vehicles are equipped with Dennis Eagle's "green" switch. This factory fitted option enables the driver to adjust the compaction ratio of the pack rams based on the density of the green waste that is being collected.

"Whilst the Twin Packs have only recently entered service, we have already received some favourable feedback from the crews. We are confident that they will help us realise the recycling targets that we have set for this year and beyond," states Chelmsford Borough Council's Environmental Protection Manager, Barry Saunders.



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