Water engineering firm Valley Water Services has seen downtime fall and efficiency rise after purchasing four DAF CF 450 tipper grabs from MV Commercial.

The Caerphilly company, which works on utilities and construction contracts in South Wales, turned to the MV Commercial for the first time after experiencing time-consuming and costly maintenance and repair issues with its ageing tipper trucks.

Valley Water Services specified three vehicles initially, but was so impressed with the delivery time, build quality and service it received from MV Commercial that it placed an order for a fourth.

Gareth Morris, Valley Water Services business manager, said: “We’re delighted with the high-quality of the tippers from MV Commercial. They are doing a great job.

“These new additions have made our workforce much more efficient, with regular maintenance checks and any minor repairs taking just a few hours rather than two or three days.

“It means our drivers are working rather than waiting around. With minimal downtime, the tippers have allowed us to increase the volume of work we can undertake.”

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The 32-tonne tipper grabs, which join a mixed fleet of 90 vehicles, come wth a range of high specification safety equipment to ensure FORS-gold compliance, which were incorporated into the builds by MV Commercial’s team at its Airdrie facility.

The specs included a slimline LED beacon bar, plus four LED strobe lights at the front and two at the rear, helping to improve safety when the tippers are in operation.

Morris said: “MV immediately understood our business needs and advised us on the best grab vehicles for our operation. They were competitive on price and had ready-to-go stock, which was really impressive, meaning we felt the benefit of extremely swift vehicle delivery."

David Patrick, MV Commercial sales director, said: "The £20m we have invested in our ever-expanding Ready to Go fleet is key to helping us meet the evolving demands of customers like Valley Water Services.

"We’re delighted to be in a position to support the company’s bespoke vehicle requirements, delivering the right trucks for their operation, quickly and efficiently.”