“Excellent” Turbo Retarder Clutch prompts Baldwins’ order for five more heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks - TruckingJobs.co.uk



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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

“Excellent” Turbo Retarder Clutch prompts Baldwins’ order for five more heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks

Crane specialist Baldwins Group has high expectations of its five new Mercedes-Benz Arocs heavy haulage tractor units – with seven other trucks from the same, muscular model range already in service, it knows they will be well up to the job.
The latest arrivals from Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ Dealer of the Year Northside Truck & Van are all 6x4 Arocs 3363 models. Powered by state-of-the-art, 15.6-litre in-line six-cylinder engines with top-rated 460 kW (625 hp) outputs, they are plated for operation at 120 tonnes GCW.
Slough-based Baldwins chose the Arocs for their proven reliability and ease of use in a demanding application, as well as Northside’s exemplary aftersales back-up.
The trucks work for the group’s Baldwins Support Services division, which provides transport and logistics support to its core Baldwins Crane Hire business. Their role entails delivering a wide variety of cranes, ancillaries and ballast to sites across the UK.
The company typically supplies heavy mobile cranes to city centre construction and demolition sites. However, its machinery can be called on whenever and wherever a load needs to be lifted – contractors recently used Baldwins’ equipment to install a new bridge over the A5 near Telford.
Its latest order means that all 12 of Baldwins Support Services’ trucks now wear three-pointed stars. “Not so long ago most of our trucks were Swedish-built,” recalled Transport Director Marcus Gough.  “However, having been impressed by the design of the Arocs we bought our first Mercedes-Benz tractors in 2014. These trucks have since proved themselves to be supremely capable in operation; the Turbo Retarder Clutch, in particular is excellent.”
The ground-breaking Turbo Retarder Clutch works in conjunction with the 16-speed Mercedes PowerShift automated transmission. Designed to be wear-free and fuel-efficient, it is capable of handling and delivering some 3,000Nm of torque, significantly more than a conventional torque converter. It also incorporates its own, powerful integrated retarder.
“The Turbo Retarder Clutch is a very impressive piece of kit,” said Mr Gough. “It makes trucks much easier to operate and helps to reduce downtime, which is crucial for our work.
The smooth take-up reduces wear on the drive plates and stress on the driveline, while the retarder means there’s less wear on brakes.
“The automated gearbox also protects against driver abuse, by cutting out missed gear changes and removing the temptation to try and set off in second or third gear by slipping the clutch slightly.”
He continued: “Baldwins makes its money from cranes, not trucks. Transport is a cost and if a crane delivery is delayed because of unplanned downtime the losses can be very significant.
Our dependable trucks, supported by Northside and Mercedes-Benz, help to protect our business and keep the operation profitable.”
Baldwins operates from a network of nine strategically located depots across the UK – Mick Bell, Driver-Trainer at Northside Truck & Van visited the company’s site in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, to handover the new Arocs. As well as sharing his own detailed knowledge of the trucks and their technology with Baldwins’ drivers, he gained useful insights into the nature of Baldwins’ heavy haulage operation.
“It’s not often that I get the opportunity to drive a truck with 100 tonnes on the back, so it was interesting to see well how our vehicle performed under such testing conditions,” added Mick Bell. “Baldwins’ drivers are experts in their field, but I was able to explain some of the latest features on these vehicles and ensure they understood how to use them to the best advantage. It was a great example of the way in which we endeavour to work in partnership with our customers, to understand their businesses and provide the most cost-efficient transport solutions.”

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