Besems Recovery Service (BRS) of Tilburg recently commissioned a special heavy duty Scania R580 8×4 recovery truck. This car is mainly used for Incident Management around Tilburg and for rescue work in the region.
BRS director and co-owner Angelo Besems consciously chose the Scania chassis because the specifications were exactly what Besems had in mind.
Chassis for mining
“You can buy heavy crushers like we need for years to come. So, in addition to what the car can do, it is also calculated how long it can last without problems,” said Angelo, who has led BRS, formerly Gijsbers Bedrijven Tilburg, with his sister Ilona since 2016. “Scania is renowned in the toughest segment for its strength and durability. . These are the chassis you would normally encounter in Sweden at large mining operations. It’s not without reason this truck has the heaviest hub reduction and strongest chassis ever.”
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In fact, the new Scania is a sophisticated interaction between a sophisticated high-tech body and an old-school chassis layout for the greatest possible sturdiness. “But with a modern cabin and engine. And Scania can provide all these former works. That makes the choice, together with the fact that we prefer the V8 engine, much easier,” Angelo said. is very important and has been a rock in our branding throughout the entire buying and construction process.”
The superstructure has been completely designed in accordance with the specifications deemed necessary by BRS. But the chassis is also quite special. “We chose the highline R580 with the standard 8×4 with two nine-ton steerable front axles. Together with the all-round progressive parabolic leaf suspension and the heaviest hub reduction ever, I now have a 2×16 ton tandem and I’m up to 140 tonnes GTW. And that’s what I have to do. Because in a rescue you see that as soon as you start lifting, the pressure on the tandem assembly increases rapidly, while the pressure on the front axle drops.”
Angelo was pleasantly surprised at how compact the turning circle was in this classic setting. “Scania wheel corners are more than tough,” he now knew from experience.
The recovery truck weighs 31 tons empty. That’s because Angelo carries nearly five tons of counterweight to keep enough pressure on his front axle during the toughest jobs. “We weighed 3.5 tons over the second steering axle and in front of the first axle we made our own flat box under the bumper, containing 1,200 kg of lead. This is also to maintain sufficient ground clearance under the vehicle. Therefore, we almost always drive carefree at the maximum weight of the front axle. But once we had the truck in the hoist we let it go so we ended up perfectly balanced and still had enough front axle pressure.”
BRS usually builds its own recovery vehicles, but due to the constant busyness within the company and a lack of time, a crane installation by Brakel’s De Groot Techniek was chosen. At the heart of the repository are two heavy hydraulic Sepson variable speed cranes with 26mm steel cables. This means the BRS has 2×20 tons on board single-line. “That’s why we almost never have to work in two lines,” Angelo’s experience shows. The line passes through two discs on top of a 4.5 meter long boom which can be extended twice and can also be raised. “This way we can lift and pull together. The car itself can be stepped on with two hydraulically extendable support legs at the rear that also extend outward. This significantly increases the stability of the car during side winching.”
A special feature is the surveillance camera from the crane. “They’re so deep in the heart of the car that they’re not visible from the outside,” Angelo said. “But you want to make sure that the queue ends properly, otherwise you’ll be ruining everything in no time. So we can see it on the monitor on one of the switch panels.”
26 tons of lepel
But perhaps the more important tool is the 26-ton spoon that can be extended twice. “It’s better to put the truck for salvage with the front or rear axles on the forks. That’s why the mounting tip of our spoon is only 11.5 centimeters high. Then you are almost always under it. “Hydraulic operated via radio remote control. “In fact, the entire superstructure has its own can-bus system which is almost completely separate from Scania. What we want to achieve with it is that as long as the engine is running, we remain fully operational.”
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‘Well thought out’
The rest of the car is actually finished as Besems wanted it to be. “You need a lot of extra equipment these days. Also because, for example, each brand of truck requires different attachments. All were in twelve cupboards, six of which were on either side of the car. It was well thought out.” For example, all doors open separately and unpaired, and above all, they swing forward. “There is also the necessary equipment on the inside of the door, which you then have from back to front, everything is immediately visible. In addition, there is sufficient lighting and storage space in the wardrobe due to the modular storage system. For example, the front cabinet has a folding ladder and the back has a platform that can be extended so that this wardrobe is also easy to access,” said Besems.
“The new Scania recovery trucks are a great addition to our existing fleet, with which the toughest recovery operations can be performed for our clients. In addition to this truck, we also have two heavy recovery vehicles, a crane, a low load truck, a heavy forklift and a catch back set. This prevents the overturned truck from turning or making uncontrollable movements when standing upright. With this car we can be ready 24/7. For this, we have a team of dedicated people who run the call service. But we also work at home and abroad. That’s why there are two beds and a parking cooler in the cabin,” concluded Besems enthusiastically.