F4000 Eating Bales
A while back I posted a video of my old Hino rear loader at Watts Waste swallowing some cardboard bales from a shopping centre in Marrickville. We’re back in that same loading dock, except this time we see the pack blade of a Heil Formula 4000 sweep the hopper and pull the blocks of cardboard into the body. The good thing about this truck is that the tailgate and hopper are nice and big to hold the bales, the packer leaves nothing behind due to the wide sweep cycle and the packer won’t jam up on the dense loads. Although sometimes the bales wouldn’t land perfectly longways in the hopper, so you wouldn’t always get that perfect clearout. You will notice a dark green steel “trolley” which hooks onto the lifter teeth on the back like a normal bin would. This object remained onsite and was essential to load the bales, otherwise I’d have to cut the strings and bust my arse loading many handfuls of cardboard into the hopper! It was a pretty straightforward operation; hook the bale lifter on the back, roll the bales onto it, lift them to tip them, cut the ties and pack the stuff through. This video was originally a little longer showing a bit more of the dock, including the compactor and baler itself beside the camera, but I cut all that out. The upload of my old Compaction Systems RL eating bales is still on here for anyone curious to see how it handled. I was in desperate need of a haircut in this video too, I look like a grub haha
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This video was uploaded from an Android phone.
World Tower Underground (Bales + 660L)
I took a Friday off work and went out with one of the mates during his Thursday night run. We left the yard at 9pm and did a little loop through Ku-Ring-Gai and Ryde before heading into the Sydney CBD, then tipped off at Visy and finished up at 7am. I was tagging along on a Watts Waste cardboard recycling run which involved a white single axle Heil / Isuzu, previously belonging to PK Management before the company went bust. I'd wanted to do a full night shift for a while and finally got the opportunity, which turned out to be an awesome experience, especially being able to cruise through central Sydney. I love the darkness, flashing lights, quiet streets and roaring trucks when it comes to the night shift, but being in the city is just as awesome with all the high rise residential and commercial buildings. When you go through the CBD at ground level on the main streets you don't see much apart from some 240L bins belonging to small businesses. The back lanes are where a lot of action happens, but the serious deal is found underground, which is something I love about CBD waste collections. This night was the first time I got to go down below the busy streets and madness, with this video giving you a look at the first dock I got to see. There was plenty down there, especially those 1100Ls you get a look at on the left and then the group of 1.5m containers at the end of the first clip. All we were getting down there was a 660L and a single bale, but we threw a few extras on from another spot, so there's some sweet footage of bales getting packed by this little rear loader. We also checked out the bin room which all those loaded 1.5m bins came from - just wish I got a closer look at the compactors they get hooked up to. A Hino rear loader joined us down below during the video too, which tackled all those 1100L bins by utilising the same method shown in one of the other videos I posted of this truck.. Also hearing that Hino thunder through the dock made me wonder what an Acco would sound like :P I saw a few other trucks out and about including two Scania rear loaders belonging to Sita and Cleanaway, then also a handful of smaller trucks belonging to Dimeo, Eco Sense and Veolia. There are so many videos I want to get from the city with a very different setting down in those docks, then all the trucks that pass through intrigue me even more! I hope you guys enjoy this footage, look out for more of this little Isuzu and other Watts Waste machines. One mistake I made on that night was not getting rest beforehand... I ended up being awake for 37 hours before I got to sleep on Friday night! haha
We see another blue Cleanaway truck in this video, working through part of a recycling run in Parramatta some years ago on a Thursday. This particular truck was one of four MJE/Iveco side loaders used for the commingled recycle pick-up in the previous collection contract. Even though these trucks were replaced by new fulltime SPAK/Dennis equipment in late 2012, three of them continue to work for the company out of the Blacktown yard as spares and extras. Being just 5 years old and having only pulled light recycling loads, these trucks were still full of life to keep kicking on. I’ve actually driven this featured truck a couple of times while working for the company and it’s a mean machine to whip around in! With the last contract Cleanaway only had brand new trucks for the recycling and green-waste collections, all of which had 25m GenV bodies on 4x2 ACCOs for recycle and 6x4 ACCOs for greens. Note this was some of the last MJE equipment purchased by the company before completely switching over to Superior Pak bodies following numerous Transpacific acquisitions. Anyway that’s that, thanks to the tidy operator for being cool with me videoing #318 lifting bins in the suburb of Epping.