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Cabbed dumpers – the way forward

To improve our customers’ site safety and meet growing demand, all new 6.0t and 9.0t dumpers purchased going forward will be cabbed. 

Ken Stewart, GAP’s Head of Procurement, explained: “Due to the recognised superior safety standards, the construction and related industries are moving from ROPS (Roll Over Protection Systems) towards cabbed dumpers. The machines are particularly advantageous in the rain or cold (heating as standard and air conditioning as an optional extra), allowing the operator to work comfortably and safely all year round. Extra protection, good head and legroom and optimum all-round visibility are other benefits reported by users.”

GAP has numerous cabbed dumpers in the fleet already, all of which are manufactured and supplied by Wacker Neuson and powered by Perkins engines. The dumpers are hydrostatic all-wheel drive, which eliminates frequent gear shifts with hydrostatic braking as soon as the accelerator is disengaged.  

Ken continued: “Utilisation of our current 6.0t and 9.0t Wacker Neuson cabbed dumper fleet in both forward tip and swivel variants is good which has allowed for additional dumpers to be forecasted for delivery throughout the year. As more interested parties see these higher specified machines as the way forward, GAP’s commitment to embracing innovation will ensure we are well positioned to fulfil the industry’s needs.” 

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GAP Hire Solutions has over 140 locations strategically placed across the UK, with eight divisions offering a wide range of hire equipment and services. Traditionally known for plant & tool hire, GAP moved into hiring non-mechanical plant, such as fencing and barriers in 2009 and established their Lifting Hire & Sales division in 2011. In 2014, GAP diversified further and launched their Welfare Services, Event Services, Survey & Safety Hire and Vehicle Hire divisions to offer their customers a complete hire solution under the one GAP umbrella. 2015 saw the establishment of a new London Tools & Access division which was set up to deliver a bespoke service to customers within the M25 with fast collection and deliveries.

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