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Summit Tower Hire unveils factory-first Scania P 440 SCR 8x8

Scania Australia has just delivered the very first P 440 SCR 8x8 truck built by the factory. It is equipped with a Bronto 50-metre Skylift with a new 3-section 15-metre expandable fly boom.

A second, similar, vehicle arrives within weeks to bolster the 11-strong fleet at fast-growing Summit Tower Hire.

The new arrival was presented at Summit’s open day at Albion Park in Brisbane, where the bright yellow-painted Bronto S50XDT-J Skylift was displayed, complete with the Bumble Bee logo of the Australian Diabetes Council, promoting awareness of the incurable disease.

The new 50-metre Skylift was joined at the open day by a 70-metre unit already working for the company, also mounted on an 8x8 Scania P-series.

Many of Summit Tower Hire’s existing Bronto Skylifts are painted in the colours of charities the company supports, including Beyond Blue, which fights depression in men, and women’s breast cancer.

A second new Scania P 440 SCR 8x8 will arrive shortly, featuring a purple and black painted Skylift.

A third Scania P 440 SCR 8x8 arrives in September with an orange and black ‘Tiger’ stripe design. The vehicle is insulated for work in high voltage environments, where ‘tiger tail’ striped warning tape is commonly deployed on power lines. The insulation capacity of this Bronto boom will have been tested to resist 1 million volts during sign-off in Sweden.

“By painting our Skylifts in the colours of charities we provide exposure and awareness of their work, both during transit and on worksites,” said Nigel Soden, a Director of Summit Tower Hire.

“It is good for us to put something back into our community. Diabetes is a disease known only too well at Summit. Each and every employee knows someone who is affected by diabetes,” he said, before handing over a cheque for $2000 to ADC’s Head of Government and Business Partnerships, Janice McLay.

“Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in Australia, with one person diagnosed every 5 minutes. This means 290 people per day are told they have the disease,” Ms McLay said.

“There are 1.1 million sufferers in Australia, and this is expected to increase to 3.6 million by the end of 2017. The Australia Diabetes Council is incredibly grateful for the support the team at Summit Tower Hire has given us in the fight against diabetes.”

The ADC Bumble Bee design focuses attention on the annual ‘Buzz Day’, which this year takes place on 20 September, though diabetes awareness activities are expected to run through the month.

About the new Scania P 440 8x8 Bronto S50XDT-J

Shane Griffin, Scania Australia National Specialist Sales Manager, worked closely with Peter Wellspring, Safety, Training and Technical Manager at Summit Tower Hire, to optimise the specification of the new trucks. They started with the specification of the original delivery of four P360 CB8x8HHZ models, which evolved into the specification of the more powerful P 440 SCR versions.

The new trucks are equipped with Scania Opticruise, Scania Retarder, 30-tonne rear axles, hub-reduction differentials, heavy-duty anti-roll bars as well as Scania’s all-steel cab. The cab also features a metal front bumper, tough enough to handle off-road knocks and scrapes, while additional driving lights are installed into the sun visor. An extra, flexible, bottom step adds ease of entry and exit from the elevated cabin. The vehicle’s total weight is 33-tonnes.

One of the Scania advantages for customers specifying a Bronto Skylift is that the standard P-series CP16 cab is low enough to allow the stowed Skylift to comply with height restrictions. This is unusual in an all-wheel drive vehicle with an elevated chassis.

“The Scania 8x8 is very versatile. For example we have had it working on mines repairing draglines. The truck can just drive straight in, down the pit to the machine, fix the draglines and drive out, which saves the mining company the time it takes to bring in a special crane. With its 8x8 drive, the truck can traverse very rugged terrain,” Nigel Soden said.

According to Summit’s National Sales Manager, Chris Josey, Scania is the right choice for a number of reasons.

“The all-steel cab protects the occupants, the ride is comfortable, and Scania continues to develop its products to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and thus its impact on the environment.

“Scania also supports its clients with a high level of after sales service,” he said.

The new vehicle will be deployed to Western Australia immediately after its commissioning in Brisbane to work on power line maintenance for the next two months.

Summit typically directs its 50-metre Skylifts to work on telecom towers, wind farm assembly and maintenance, as well as replacing the globes in light towers at sporting stadia, such as Albion Park.

The new Bronto 50-metre Skylift’s 3-section, 15-metre extendable fly boom delivers additional access and versatility for operators needing to reach restricted locations. It has an effective working height of 46 metres and an outreach of 36 metres. The boom can be controlled from the work cage or remotely from anywhere around the vehicle, enhancing safety.

This new version is 7-tonnes lighter than the previous model, which means the truck can access a wider range of locations, as well as reduce fuel consumption on the way to remote work sites.