DEL / Caytec Equipment Ltd.'s expertise is a product of our sustained interest in industry trends and characteristics. We are privileged to share the latest news, promotions and events with you, and we hope this information will enhance your shopping experience. As you know, there are many new pieces of equipment from which to choose, and we believe an informed customer is the best customer.
SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT FROM DEL
Through many years DEL has developed a reputation for the manufacture of special truck equipment to suit particular requirements. The range is quite extensive, and we have built special and unique bodies for both large and small companies. Each item in a client's "wish list" is discussed as to feasibility, ease of use, and safety. Sometimes it may be as simple as tweaking standard equipment to make your work easier. With DEL's engineering and fabrication capabilities no job is too small or too large when it comes to special bodies and equipment. We want to be your "rolling stock" advisors. If you have need of a special body that is tailored to your needs please contact us to discuss.
K. I. S. S.
KISS or "Keep it simple stupid" is an anagram that I am sure you have all heard at one time or another throughout your childhood or career. If you are going to improve a widget than engineering it with changes that will make it smaller, stronger, lighter, with fewer parts is great as long as the changes don't result in something that is unnecessarily complicated or cumbersome to use or maintain. In the truck equipment industry we are often asked to add warning lights, sensors, proximity switches, interlocks and other electronic gizmos in an attempt to improve the functionality and safety of the overall package. After packages of this sort have been out in the field for a while, being used in less than ideal conditions by operators that aren't quite as skilled as expected, the fleet manager or owner is sometimes quite disappointed and frustrated by the downtime that he or she experiences. It is important to remember that as system complexity increases so does the likelihood of field problems, because lets face it, with truck equipment as with most things "the fewer the moving parts the less chance of failure".
There is a saying in engineering circles that "it is easy to come up with a complex solution yet difficult to come up with a simple one". Hookloaders are a good example of this. Many manufacturers equipment have sensors and hydraulic clamping systems whereas DEL's Swaploader system is simple and uncomplicated with no switches, warning lights or hydraulic locking devices. It uses low pressure hydraulics instead of a high pressure system with its greater strain on valves, fittings, hoses and connectors. The benefit to the customer is a reliable product that spends more time on the road making money instead of sitting in a repair shop due to failure or malfunction. DEL's bodies are built the same way, simple and clean without complicated levers or springs that can break, rust or seize up. We strive for clean and simple designs that offer low maintenance and years of uninterrupted use.
Don't get us wrong .... If a customer wants, warning lights, proximity switches, remote controls, hydraulic locking devises, etc we can and will integrate them into the overall system but we will always suggest that they bear the K.I.S.S. principle in mind!
PRODUCT - SERVICELL 2
We are very pleased to introduce the newest
member of our Unicell line up .... Servicell 2. This tradesmen (electrical
contractor, HVAC specialist, home theater installer, irrigation/sprinkler
technician to name a few) targeted body package is based on our popular
"Cab Width" van body and is available on Ford or General Motors
cutaway chassis. The 139" wheelbase chassis and narrow body design make
this the perfect work vehicle for getting from job to job in tight urban
environments yet has ample storage/workspace and a 3,500 lb payload. It has the
water tight and extremely durable one piece fiberglass shell with translucent
ceiling that customers have come to trust and appreciate along with integrated
FRP cabinets on both sides with interior access and integrated work bench.
There is a long list of options such as rear ladder, heavy duty roof racks,
electrical lock system with key fob, 110V inverter system, back up camera and
shore power to name a few. This allows you to configure this "shop on
wheels" to your specific requirements.
As we are all aware, two issues that heavily
impact our costs, whether private or public sector, are worker productivity and
the costs associated with workers compensation claims. In speaking with many of
our customers about the issue they feel pulled between the two. If they assign
two individuals to a particular task because it is just a little more than a
single employee can safely handle on his or her own their operating costs go
up. If they don't an injury may occur which for the worker results in pain and
suffering in the short term and possibly a significant deterioration in his or
her quality of life in the long term. For the employer there is lost
productivity, re-shuffling of manpower to cover the affected employee, and the
significant impact on its WCB premiums which like all insurance premiums rise
quickly but drop very slowly. If they leave it to the employee to use his or
her judgment situations often occur where had the employee asked for assistance
to lift that manhole cover, tree stump, piece of equipment, detour sign, road
kill or whatever than no problem ..... but they rarely do and an avoidable
injury and expensive injury can result! Attached is a photo of a small
hydro-electric crane that was sold to a local fire department so that a single
employee can lift what is required without the need for a second pair of hands
(and back). These Italian manufactured compact cranes by "Maxilift"
are inexpensive (certainly compared to an average workers annual wages and
benefits or even a moderate WCB claim), available in a broad range of sizes
and configurations to suit almost every application (manual or hydraulic
slewing/extensions and capacities ranging from 7,400 ft-lbs up to 24,350
ft-lbs), are easy to install (simply bolt it down to something solid and
connect to battery) and have a broad range of accessories (stabilizer legs,
remote controls, safety systems, grapples and other end of arm lifting
attachments). If you are a municipality, private enterprise, on-truck
application or off, if your employees are required to regularly lift items that
are just a little too heavy for one person consider Maxilift .... It may just
save you the wages and benefits of an extra employee(s) and/or a costly WCB
IS A HOOKLOADER A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU?
We are regularly asked by customers if they should consider a hookloader for their operations and our answer is always a definitive "It depends!". Depends on what you are probably asking! The answer is, it depends on the nature of your current business, what opportunities you could or will pursue in the near term, the skill level of your drivers and the budget that you have available. If you strictly haul materials from point "A" to point "B" and you have no alternative uses for your chassis during the waiting periods (currently or in the next couple of years) than a dedicated truck package (i.e. dump, deck, water tanker, salter, etc) is probably your best bet as it would be the lower cost option. If however, the opportunity cost of waiting time is high (could use the chassis for other activities that could generate revenue for you) either currently, or in the near term, than a hookloader may be the preferred solution. It is true that a hookloader with dump body is a more upfront cost than a dedicated dump body but that really isn't a fair comparison. As you add bodies the economics lean more and more towards hookloaders. A perfect example is the package shown in the photographs. This company is a landscape contractor that does hardscape/softscape work in the spring/summer, firewood in the fall, snow/ice in the winter and subcontract work whenever opportunities present themselves. The owner of this business has a hookloader equipped chassis complemented by over a dozen different bodies. He may use a dump body to take a skid steer, packer, pavers and machine operator to a jobsite and drop them both so the operator can strip the sod into the bin and prepare the base. While he is doing that the driver will pick up another body, load it with crusher run and return to the job site to swap the bodies taking the sod and earth to be dumped. He is then able to swap to another body to perform revenue generating activities (i.e. move equipment with their flat deck or dust control on a gravel road with the water tanker) until he is needed to return to the original jobsite to pick up the equipment and miscellaneous materials when the job is complete. Compare this scenario to the logistics if all he had was a dedicated dump truck and trailer to move the skid steer and you can see how his equipment/driver utilization have both increased dramatically because of the hookloader which translates into more revenue and/or lower costs. An alternative to a hookloader could be a roll-off which is very similar in cost but it is not nearly as versatile nor safe to operate. The hookloader brand that we distribute is called Swaploader and if you think it may be right for you we would love to talk to you about the possibilities.