Derby City Council has replaced the Swingo 200+ compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt on its street cleansing fleet – with three brand new Swingos.
Derby CC operates a mixed fleet of around 500 vehicles, ranging from cars for essential users to 26-tonne refuse collection vehicles, while its street cleansing fleet comprises five sweepers.
The new, latest generation Swingos were procured under the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) framework agreement, which usually works with North East local authorities and the wider public sector to ensure all capital spending delivers outstanding value.
Aebi-Schmidt supplied the three new Swingos with the latest Euro 6C diesel engine generating 62kW (84hp), with a modern exhaust after-treatment system, closed particle filter, plus AdBlue and SCR catalytic converter. It ensures that nitrous oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are as clean and harmless.
Unique in this machine category, the four-cylinder Euro 6c engine and AdBlue tank have been seamlessly integrated by Schmidt engineers onto the same wheelbase as previous versions so that the manoeuvrability of the Swingo is not compromised.
The new Swingos, which operate out of the main Stores Road depot in Derby, work three shifts around the city centre starting at 4.00 am, five days a week. Thanks to the large volume 2m³ hopper, the Swingos deliver a significant sweeping capability so that trips to empty the hopper are kept to a minimum, and the machines can work for longer.
Paul Neville, Fleet and Depot Manager at Derby City Council, said: ‘I’ve had the experience of the Swingo in my previous role before joining the Council, so I was delighted to see them on our street cleansing fleet.
‘The Schmidt compact sweeper product has a long history of reliability and has proven it can operate under any conditions, making it ideal for those we find in the city centre of Derby daily.
‘That’s why it was an obvious choice to renew the ones we had on our fleet. The machines are reliable with innovative technology and are widely liked by the drivers/operators, which is crucial.
‘In addition, the aftersales support from Schmidt is excellent, particularly from a technical, training and parts perspective,’ said Neville.
Aebi Schmidt Area Sales Manager Matthew Elderkin, who is responsible for the relationship with Derby City Council, said that the Swingos had been supplied to replace existing models on the street cleansing fleet and that they have been specifically designed to meet environmental concerns.
‘Although the Euro 6 compliant diesel engine has very low NOx and CO2 thanks to its sophisticated exhaust after-treatment systems, it can run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) if required, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.’