Lantern expands with two high spec DAF recovery vehicles
Date: 7th Aug 12
As part of its 2012 expansion programme, Lantern Recovery Specialists plc., has added a pair of DAF based recovery vehicles to its fleet. Both are highly specified with bodywork and equipment built to the company’s requirements by Worldwide Recovery Systems of Caxton Hill, Hertfordshire.
From Lantern’s 2.7 acre Rescue and Logistics site strategically located at the South Mimms service centre on the M25, the DAF XF105 and CF65 are providing a heavy recovery and accident recovery service throughout South East England, with the heavy recovery vehicle also able to operate across the
With a 45 tonne (100,000 lb) capacity 3-stage hydraulic top boom and twin 22.5 tonne (50,000 lb) winches with flip-over rear legs/spades, the XF105 is capable of handling any heavy recovery task. The boom can be simultaneously extended and elevated to enable fast and accurate positioning for delicate winching and lifting operations. When fully extended and raised to an angle of 30 degrees it has a maximum capacity of 8 tonnes. A Maxireach Lowline H underline boom provides a suspended tow capability.
Extensive use of stainless steel in the bodywork along with internal hinges and double skin doors results in a very stylish appearance and added durability. Equipment is stowed so that there is easy access to the most frequently used items in the nearside lockers to increase the safety of the recovery technician.
Plated at 60 tonnes gvw, the FAS XF105 is a 5.3 metre wheelbase model with a lifting rear axle which can give added traction when raised and reduces tyre wear when the vehicle is running light. Power is from the 12.9 litre MX engine delivering 460 bhp (340 kW), which is Euro 5 compliant ensuring that the vehicle meets the requirements of the London LEZ. A 16-speed manual transmission with overdrive is fitted.
The XF105 features a luxuriously appointed Super Space cab providing a comfortable rest area during long distance jobs. There is plenty of storage space for wet weather clothing and any Personal Protective Equipment and the internal height of over two metres ensures ample room to move around and change in comfort. Polished Alcoa wheels, a full width sun visor, and ‘Skylights’ faired into the roofline of the cab further enhance the smart appearance of the truck.
The accident recovery vehicle is based on a two-axle CF65 plated at 18 tonnes. This is powered by the GR engine rated at 250 bhp (184 kW) and has a six-speed manual gearbox. The Space Cab is air conditioned, has a night heater, and ‘Skylights’ in the roofline.
Worldwide fitted a 7.93 metre (26 feet) Chevron 16 Series slide-bed of 8 tonnes capacity with a hydraulic winch, removable side rails and a 2 tonne extendable second vehicle lift. The use of aluminium for the bed, combined with a galvanised sub-frame, results in both low weight and increased durability when compared with all-steel systems. A radio-controlled Amco Veba 823 3S crane provides a lift capability of 1,890 kgs at its full extension of 10 metres. Large side lockers on both sides provide ample stowage space for the equipment needed at accident scenes.
Both vehicles were supplied through Harris DAF of Grays in
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