Contract hire and rental specialist, NRG Fleet Services, in association with axle conversion specialist, ESTEPE, has put to the road a new 16-tonne DAF LF 6×2 waste collection vehicle. The DAF LF 280 FAG rigid was originally a 4×2 unit before its conversion to DAF’s three-axle FAG configuration, courtesy of axle converters, ESTEPE, increasing its weight to 22.5 tonnes and offering a class-leading payload potential of 10-tonnes.
While the FAG ‘steer, steer, drive’ axle arrangement is a proven configuration on DAF’s heavier CF range, NRG Fleet has introduced it on DAF’s smaller LF model to provide payload and manoeuvrability benefits while at the same time providing a more environmentally acceptable size-profile for urban operations. The truck is fitted with optional five-speed Allison automatic transmission and a Geesinknorba GPM4 refuse collection body.
NRG Fleet Services operates in excess of 2000 vehicles, predominantly DAFs, through its hire and rental portfolio. This latest LF 22.5-tonner was acquired through PACCAR Financial on a five-year arrangement and is currently on an evaluation programme with a specialist waste management company, with further demonstrations scheduled with Local Authorities across the UK.
“DAF’s LF 6×2 provides a softer image in town,” said Alan Ellison, Group Sales Director at NRG Fleet Services, “It’s big enough to offer a class-leading 10-tonne payload, yet small and nimble, and certainly less obtrusive than a traditional 26-tonner – vulnerable road users and the wider public will appreciate that.”