Land-Rovers converted for plant hire
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• A Land-Rover specially converted to meet the requirements of the plant hire industry is now available from Dale Plant Hire Ltd, of Filey, Yorkshire.
The conversion -based on a Land-Rover Mark III long-wheelbase (108in.) model fitted with a high compression 2f-litre petrol engine — facilitates loading and has a full-width platform, extended goods -carrying floor area, increased capacity (up to I ton) and extra stowage facilities for ropes, chains and even the "big hammer".
The unit has a braking performance that enables a trailer of up to 2 tons gross weight to be stopped without relying on the overrun trailer brakes. A 70 mph road speed can be maintained.
The chassis has been extended by 4ft to give a wheelbase of 157in. An underfloor power winch has been fitted with a bollard pull capacity of nearly 2 tons. The load platform, of lin. thick softwood with a rear loading slope, gives a platform area of 10ft x 5ft 9in. wide. A pair of 8ft skids provide "drive on" loading facilities for rollers and small dumpers.
The clevis-type towing hitch is adjustable for heights from 14in. to 231n. above ground level and a quick-change adaptor is carried for conversion to ball hitch without resorting to spanners. The underfloor lockable tool box is nearly 5ft long and has an all-wood lining to cater for the carriage of up to 100lb of explosives for those companies who offer a blasting service.
Smaller ancillary fitments on the prototype include roof-mounted amber flashing beacon, hazard warning lights, 55-watt tungsten halogen swivelling worklight, air horns, vehicle radio-telephone system, servo-assisted brakes, gearbo) power take-off, havy-duty springs anc shock absorbers, de luxe seats and laddei rack.
With a kerb weight of 1 ton 18cwt, tht vehicle does not require an operator' licence or driver's log sheets.
The full converted Land Rover will cos ,E1950, compared with £1500 for du standard version.