Three telehandlers made by Bobcat are serving to ZZO Wlodawa, an inter-municipal waste administration group in japanese Poland, handle a recycling course of serving some 24,000 folks in seven cities close to Poland’s border with Ukraine and Belarus.
Bobcat, primarily based within the U.S., says the ZZO Wlodawa operation runs 24 hours a day, six days per week. The telehandlers “play a key position within the correct functioning of the operation,” says Bobcat and the waste administration company.
“The Bobcat telehandlers are good for our situations,” says Krzysztof Chilczuk, board chair of ZZO Wlodawa. “They are compact, simple to function and supply a excessive raise top. Disposal of [materials] on the sorting line is organized in such a approach that the loader should rotate via 90 levels in a small house. This is a simple job with these machines.”
The company’s first Bobcat telehandler, a TL470 mannequin with a most raise top of seven meters (almost 23 ft) and a load capability of three.5 metric tons, was delivered to the plant in Wlodawa in 2013. So far, it has labored greater than 20,000 working hours and continues to be in use.
“It has by no means had a severe breakdown and we’ve got by no means repaired the engine in it,” Chilczuk says. “There was as soon as an issue with the gasoline pump, nevertheless it was not the fault of the producer
, however slightly the gasoline itself,” he provides.
In 2018, the company purchased a second Bobcat machine, a TL35.70 mannequin, with the identical working parameters because the older machine. That machine is now approaching a complete of 5,000 working hours. Having positively evaluated the primary two machines, administration of ZOO Wlodawa added a 3rd Bobcat telehandler to the fleet in August of final 12 months. Again, a TL35.70 mannequin was chosen, however this time with a barely totally different specification.
Chilczuk explains the selection of this latest machine as follows: “Telehandlers with these working parameters meet our wants and dealing situations properly. However, the 2 older machines have 20-inch wheels. When contemplating the acquisition of one other telehandler, we wished it to be geared up with 24-inch wheels. As a end result, it has a higher floor clearance and is much more environment friendly when working in a landfill. In addition, when loading on the processing line, the operator can drive extra boldly straight into the waste heap. The new machine additionally has extra options, which embrace, for instance, air con, an air-cushioned seat, cab safety and likewise a reversing warning system that doesn’t beep, however gives the white noise sound we actually wished.”
At ZZO Wlodawa, there isn’t a division of duties between the Bobcat telehandlers—every machine is used for all duties concerned, based on Bobcat. The sorting space operates 24 hours a day, so the telehandlers change with the operators. In addition to loading materials onto the processing line, the machines are used for pushing and stacking materials to maximise the usage of accessible house.
The Bobcat telehandlers are also used to unload composting bins, create compost piles and to show them over for aeration.
At ZZO Wlodawa, Bobcat telehandlers are used moreover to keep up the at the moment operated landfill and to rehabilitate a landfill that has already been closed. To carry out the number of duties, along with a common bucket, two high-volume buckets, pallet forks and a bale seize, the ZZO Wlodawa vary of attachments additionally features a sweeping brush.
Chilczuk praises the Bobcat telehandlers for his or her efficiency, good visibility and flexibility, with Bobcat saying he credit them for by no means having a job “that they can not do” at the ZZO Wlodawa facility.