Haldane Fisher recently took delivery of two 5t capacity Combilift 4-wheeled sideloaders at its Newry based Head Office in Northern Ireland. Two other C4000 4-way Combilift models – one for Newry and another for its Belfast site – have also been purchased for optimum space utilisation when it comes to handling and storing bricks, blocks, plasterboard and other products.
The 4WSLs replaced old models of another brand and the decision to swap suppliers was influenced strongly by Combilift’s ability to offer a high level of customisation, according to Colin Morrison, Transport Manager of the Newry branch.
Colin said: “David Vuagniaux from our materials handling suppliers Briggs Equipment UK initially recommended that we look at the 4WSL and I immediately recognised the quality of the design, engineering and manufacturing process when we visited the factory in Monaghan. Following a demo and our feedback, Combilift incorporated some features we requested for our specific application such as extra lights and added protection around the cab.”
Combilift’s 4WSL range was developed to cope with tough conditions and long runs – one of the trucks, for example, is designated to supply the sawmill with large raw materials such as 6m x 1m packs of timber weighing up to 5t. The other works mainly in the timber storage area and both are also used to take machined products to the warehouse. The ultra-clean Deutz engine is beneficial when working with timber as it eliminates the possibility of any exhaust residue settling on the product, with David Vuagniaux adding that this engine offers “outstanding transmission and traction”.
A new warehouse is in the planning stages for Haldane Fisher at Newry, and its configuration and racking will in part be based around the “space saving and narrow aisle capabilities” of the C4000 model. The merchant group worked with Combilift design engineers who supplied layout plans to ensure maximum storage density in the new facility.