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Manchester-based demolition and earthworks company PP O’Connor has chosen a Boweld Taperlite body, with Edbro CX14 lightweight tipping gear, for improved payload and profitability.

The Taperlite, a steel, single-skin tipper body designed and developed by Flintshire-based Boweld Truck Bodies, integrates an Edbro CX14 lifting cylinder to provide savings in weight and space as part of a new lightweight package that will increase potential payloads for operators to more than 20-tonnes and improve profitability.

The Taperlite body, as its name suggests, tapers from front to rear by 4in.

It has been designed with a flat floor to enable any material stuck to it to be removed with a scoop.

The design has the arms of the sheeting system within the body width, so removing the blind spots created by the arms on traditional bodies.

The top rail of the Taperlite allows the fully extended sheet to cradle against the tailgate covering the entire load.

The first of five single-skin Taperlite bodies, which has European Design Registration, has been built for Manchester-based demolition and earthworks company, PP O’Connor.

Fitted to a Scania P400 8×4 chassis cab, supplied by Scania dealer West Pennine Trucks, it will enable PP O’Connor to operate with a payload of more than 20 tonnes.

The body and tipping gear as a total package weighs 2,200kg, which drives down the overall chassis weight and increases potential payload and profitability.

Designed for rigid vehicles with up to 32-tonne nominal GVW, the combined pump and tank CX14 delivers weight savings of 230kg against competitor products for the same application and 30 per cent faster tipping speeds.

These advantages stack up for the vehicle operator.

Edbro has calculated that by using a CX14, operators can benefit by as much as GBP1,380 of additional income annually, or savings of GBP8,280 over the lifetime of a typical chassis, assuming this to be six years.

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