Thirteen Years On And Mercedes Benz Dump Truck Still Going 05/04/2008
It is no secret that Mercedes Benz dump trucks offer a long life span but it is not that often you will see a six-wheeled Mercedes Benz tipper pulling its weight for going on 13 years. Long distance articulated tractor units with one million kilometers on the clock are not that unusual, but a Mercedes dump truck thats been on the go since October 10th, 1993 is harder to believe. The 6x4 Mercedes Benz 2527K truck which belongs to Webbs of Armscote, still works with its original engine and gearbox and has only had one replacement clutch. The 26 tonne SK-series Mercedes Benz dump truck looks pretty much the same as it did when it hit the work site 13 years ago.
Webbs of Armscote is a construction company that uses their trucks for hauling bulk sand, gravel, stone and topsoil. Director of Webbs, Derek Webb has a fleet of four 17 tonne Mercedes Benz tippers which are also all aging well. Mr. Webb who considers himself a Mercedes Man of 40 years, believes the Mercedes Benz dump trucks have held up so well because they used big, understressed engines and heavy-duty components. In Mr. Webbs case this certainly seems to be the trick when you look at the mileage on his other Mercedes trucks. As well as the 2527, they have a 1820 Mercedes that comes with 900,000km and another one with 800,000 on the clock. A very impressive life span indeed. The latest addition Mercedes Benz dump truck will be making regular visits to quarries and landfill sites, and comes with differential locks, hub reduction on both drive axles. Mr. Webb appreciates the older trucks as they do not come rigged with an onboard electronics chip to help comply with emissions standards. With the older type Mercedes Benz articulated trucks Mr. Webb can fix them himself.