Tracked excavator boosts waste handling capability at Basingstoke

In order to improve operational efficiency in coping with the large quantities of domestic waste generated in the Basingstoke, Dean and Hart District Council areas, Basingstoke Skips has purchased a Case 1188CK Plus tracked hydraulic excavator for waste rehandling at the company's transfer station at Daneshill on the outskirts of Basingstoke.

Supplied by the Case retail branch at Hook, the new 21 tonnes excavator is equipped with a standard 5.4 metres long boom, a 2.8 metres dipper arm and a Cambrian waste clamp bucket.

Basingstoke Skips is a family run business established in 1982 by managing director Mick Mercer and his wife Ellie. Through their efforts, the company has steadily grown in 18 years from owning one mini skip to employing 30 people and operating eight skip trucks, 700 skips and a plant holding comprising three Case excavators and a Case wheeled loader.

The new 1188CK Plus joins an older 1188CK (which in turn replaced a Case 1088CK), a 688CK excavator and a 621 wheeled loader. With an increasing proportion of waste hardcore being delivered to the site a £100,000 screening plant was recently purchased which has resulted in about 95% of screened material can now be sold rather than disposed of as landfill. Furthermore, the company has ordered a Case 721C wheeled loader fitted with a 2m3 refuse bucket.

Mr Mercer says the decision to purchase another excavator and wheeled loader from Case was taken in the light of increasing amounts of domestic waste being rehandled. Throughput at the station averages around 2,000 tonnes over a five-and-half day working week. “The addition of the new 1188CK Plus and the 721C has given us extra handling capacity to cope with further anticipated growth in quantities of waste”. The 1188CK Plus is the fifth Case unit purchased by the company. This latest upgraded excavator model in Case’s “88” Series incorporates enhancements which include a new “low emission” air-cooled turbocharged diesel engine providing a higher output of 113kW – some 18kW or 24% more than previous 1188 models. The additional power, together with the Powersensor electronic hydraulic system gives extra hydraulic flow in all working modes.

Performance has been further enhanced on the CK and LC versions by incorporating a heavier counterweight (5,000kg instead of 4,500kg) to produce better stability at 360° swing and a heavier lift capacity over the side. Furthermore, the excavator is capable of an average 400kg additional load at a reach of six metres.

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