Following a decade of running MULTILIFT hookloaders, recycling and waste management specialist Raymond Brown Group has added MULTILIFT skiploaders into the mix following a review of its fleet.

“We have always been loyal to MULTILIFT for our hookloader requirements but until recently had been with a competitor for our skiploaders,” said Simon Webb, Transport Manager at Raymond Brown. An invite to the MULTILIFT factory in Finland last year provided an opportunity for Webb to see first-hand the current generation of skiploading technology from MULTILIFT.

“I was impressed by the level of thought and detail that had gone into the design of the MULTILIFT Futuras, and the quality of build is far superior to competitor models in my opinion,” said Webb. “Everyone that worked at the operation was committed and passionate about the products.”
Two Futura 12s – mounted onto 18-tonne Volvo FL 250s – are now being used to service Raymond Brown’s skip hire business, Chilton Skips. “We use the Futuras to deliver four different sizes of skips – four, six, eight and 12 yard – to a mixture of commercial and residential customers. Our typical customers range from large nationwide house builders down to local builders doing extensions and renovation, through to someone clearing out their garage,” explained Webb.

Averaging between six and 12 moves a day, one of the key attractions of the Futura skiploaders was the remote control operating system.
“It is a big plus for health and safety, making the operation of the equipment a lot safer, and also where we do a lot of residential skip deliveries in tight spaces, not only is it safer for all concerned, it allows us to do a better job,” said Webb. Another plus is the SkipTop autosheeting system from MULTILIFT.

“At the touch of a button the skip can be automatically covered with a sheet to stop the waste material blowing out. This saves a lot of time for the driver compared with manually covering it with tarpaulin,” said Webb.

Known service costs

Another sweetener for Raymond Brown to switch to the Futuras was the full ProCare service package offered by MULTILIFT.
“We have tended not to go for a service package for the rear-end equipment on our trucks but the ProCare package gives us known fixed costs for the lifetime of the equipment. We lease the vehicles for five years so now have complete peace of mind for all parts, service and maintenance for the next five years on the Futuras,” added Webb.

The ProCare contract is managed by Hiab with the vast majority of work carried out by local Hiab service partner Ferndown Commercials, which Webb describes as “one of the best service providers out there.”
John Abbott, Hiab Dealer Manager for the South West, describes the relationship between MULTILIFT, Ferndown and Raymond Brown as a partnership: “Raymond Brown can buy with confidence from MULTILIFT because it has 100% faith in our service partner, Ferndown. In the event of an equipment breakdown, they know Ferndown will have them back out on the road as quickly as possible.”

Raymond Brown specialises in recycling and waste management, incinerator bottom ash (IBA) processing and operates a number of quarries and aggregate recycling facilities across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

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