Flushed with success, DALROD’s Mercedes-Benz Arocs
By Jack Stocks
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 14:00
FLAGSHIP: £200k Investment
Peterborough-based drainage and sewer specialist DALROD has a new flagship, the 8×4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs.
Fitted with a wind-cheating StreamSpace cab, the 32ton vehicle is supplied by city dealer Intercounty Truck & Van.
Established by Walter and Margaret Lane in 1985, DALROD offers a round-the-clock range of services including drain cleaning, CCTV surveys, relining, sewer renovation and pump maintenance operations.
The Arocs 3236K is finished in Vanda Blue paintwork with colour-coded bumpers, and has a roof-mounted Kelsa light bar, air horns and protective headlight grilles.
As a tribute to the founders, both now sadly passed away, the Arocs carries Walter’s private registration plate and bears Margaret’s name.
Whale Tankers, of Solihull, West Midlands, manufactured and fitted the vehicle’s vacuum system and tank, capable of carrying up to 4,000 gallons (18,000 litres) of waste; a high-pressure jetting hose is fed from a second, 250-gallon (1,100-litre) tank of clean water.
Derek Bullivant, Operations Manager at DALROD, said: “At over £200,000 this vehicle represents a very significant investment for our business.
“Our previous Mercedes-Benz trucks have been excellent – the 2008 six-wheeler is still going strong – and the service from Intercounty is very good too, so we saw no reason to look elsewhere.”
DALROD, having four regional offices covering the UK also operates Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Vito vans fitted with small jetting units.
The founders’ son Dave Lane is now at the helm as Managing Director whilst the Arocs, is driven by their 20-year-old grandson Dan.
“I’ll typically empty anything from a domestic septic tank to an oil interceptor or a foul pump station,” said Dan, who joined the family firm on leaving school at 16 and has held his LGV driver’s licence since he was 18.
“I’m really pleased with the Arocs and realise that I’m very lucky to be driving such a nice vehicle at such a young age.”