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New Toyota forklift arrival at Logistics South results in huge cost saving

New Toyota forklift arrival at Logistics South results in huge cost saving

May saw the delivery of a brand new Toyota Tonero 2.5 tonne forklift, which has resulted in a huge saving of £15,000 for VLS.

The new diesel counter balance forklift arrived at the Water Treatment site in Lound and is additional to the fleet – which will be used by the Essex Logistics team.

It has a fully enclosed cabin with excellent all around visibility and comes equipped with seat arm rest mounted hydraulic mini-levers, providing fingertip control of lifting. Similar to the forklift the drivers are accustomed to using at Hanningfield it is hydrostatically driven, and together with its solid cushioned tyres and hydraulic accumulator (to dampen load) it is easier to handling in its external environment during changing weather conditions.

The patented Toyota SAA (System of Active Stability) is also designed to enhance safety. Some of its features include; automatic fork levelling control, key lift interlock, acceleration reduction with lifted load, active steering synchronizer, load weight indicator and operator presence sensing.

Dave Katz, VLS Contract Manager (ESW), commented; “This is the second Toyota forklift we have sourced for NWG following a review of the market and has resulted in a £15,000 saving against our previous supplier. We are delighted with this as the specification of these forklifts is market leading.”

Phil Reynolds, Logistics Team Leader, was delighted with the arrival of the new forklift, commenting; “This forklift will drive efficiencies and turnaround time by enabling the Stores lorry driver to offload independently and safely, without the need to borrow equipment or seek assistance from other departments based at Lound.”


New impressive tipper grabs arrive for the Water Network Maintenance teams

New impressive tipper grabs arrive for the Water Network Maintenance teams

VLS delivered three new impressive specialist MAN 26t 6×4 Tipper Grabs for use by Northumbrian Water last month.

The VLS Commercial team worked closely with representatives from NWL’s Water Network Maintenance team to develop the specification for these new vehicles, which have replaced three older vehicles. One of the main requirements was to harness any new technology available to make the job easier for the operatives using the vehicles, and this has certainly been delivered.

NWL’s Water Network Maintenance Manager, Barry Siddle, said; “Our team has worked very closely with our VLS colleagues to develop these fantastic vehicles. The VLS team provided all of the technical information and know how and the communication has been first class.

The drivers love the new machines and say they are dream to drive. The familiarisation training for both the crane and wagon was well organised, as always, and was structured to adhere to social distancing guidelines too. The drivers left very confident in both the training and the new vehicles, which will operate out of Wallsend, Durham and Thornaby.”