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Blackwell buys first Bell E-series ADTs

6 Sep 13 Essex-based contractor and plant hire firm Tom Blackwell has become the first UK company to buy Bell Equipment’s new E-series articulated dump trucks (ADTs).

The new B30E
The new B30E

Tom Blackwell has bought two 30-tonne class Bell B30E ADTs.

A longstanding Bell customer, the company already had eight Bell D-series models in its 20-strong ADT fleet. 

The first of the models has already been put to use, moving overburden to expose sand and gravel.  The in-board braking system used by the E-series is seen as a key feature here.

“Sand and gravel can be very abrasive on conventional brakes, and we see in-board as the way forward for ADT braking,” said Sam Ratcliffe, contract manager at Tom Blackwell.

He also likes the fuel efficiency of the E-series using Bell Fleetmatic fleet management system.  

“Fleetmatic is a fantastic management tool and has long been a major selling point for us, as it allows us to see usage patterns for ongoing evaluation of each machine’s performance,” Mr Ratcliffe added.  “Bell outperforms other brands in our fleet every day of the month.  The print-outs from the trucks show there is no comparison in terms of the cost per tonne, and Bell machines are easier on our tyres as well compared to other brands.”

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