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It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. melbourne based company Conhur specialises in sludge dredging, dewatering and biosolids management, and has just received two new Hercules Tri-axle ‘Maxylyt’ tippers tailored to transport dewatered sewage sludge and human waste.

Since commencing operations in 1999, Conhur has worked with wastewater and water enterprises, as well as construction and industrial companies all around Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, the young company has invested in purpose built, state- of-the-art equipment to realise dredging and dewatering projects throughout Australasia. “It’s a story of success. We started off with a team of three people, and today we employ 30,” says Contract Manager Wayne Telfer. According to Wayne, Conhur’s formula of success is a simple one. “We rely on premium equipment and highly qualified personnel to provide the best possible service.

“Our equipment list includes containerised mobile centrifuges ranging from 35 to 150m3/ hr, auger-fed dredges, remote controlled submersible dredges, a variety of sludge handling equipment, pumps and associated equipment as well as a specially developed digester cleaning plant.”

To upgrade the fleet of seven custom built tipping trailers, Conhur contacted Somerton based Progress Trailer Sales (PTS) in spring 2010. “PTS Dealer Principle Colin Jean can draw on over 30 years of experience as a specialist advisor for truck and semi-tipper equipment,” says Wayne. Recommended by PTS, Conhur decided on a Hercules vehicle fitted with TMC axles and suspensions.

To handle the transfer of liquid and solid sludge, Hercules designed a tri-axle chassis tip semi trailer tipper with a capacity of 40m3, which complements Conhur’s growing fleet of specialised transport equipment. “The trailer has already become an integral part of Conhur’s Victorian transport division,” Wayne explains. “We took delivery in November 2010 and it’s been working great ever since.” Dealing with sensitive freight, Conhur banks on equipment that is able to go the extra mile. “We’ve chosen TMC running gear to ensure a smooth consistent ride both unladen and laden,” says Wayne. Equipped with TMC’s LMVS (Low Maintenance Vertical Shocks) air suspension and 12-tonne rated, 1850mm track axles with induction hardened bearing journals and enclosed camshafts, the ‘Maxylyt’ was custom designed to withstand the strain of constant usage in the sewage sludge handling industry.

“The trailer’s unique conical shape assists with the clean discharge of the product,” says Wayne. “And the fully sealed tailgate effectively eliminates leakage whilst traveling. In fact, the combination of Hercules’ design and TMC running gear is a safe bet. The result is a reliable, rugged and heavy-duty compliant product.”

Drawing on ten years of experience in the industry, Wayne expects a solid growth of the business in the forthcoming decade. “There’s plenty of work in Australia and New Zealand, and Hercules and TMC will be the first choice when we need to upgrade our fleet. Both companies speak the same language and share the Conhur philosophy to not compromise on service and safety.

“Conhur has earned a reputation as a professional contractor with a history of completing projects on time and budget,” Wayne adds. “That’s why we only rely on reliable, trustful partners.”