A hooklift for the future

The Succilift Hookloader is helping Melburnian transport business Rhino Bins service building sites in demanding and tight spaces.

When Sean O’Leary joined his father’s business in the mid 90s, he started off with a single truck and a handful of bins. Now, Rhino Bins has 35 trucks and has expanded across Melbourne.

The family-owned business, which processes construction and demolition (C&D) waste, has had to adapt to the changing landscape of C&D in metropolitan Melbourne.

“Every year is different in the waste industry. The technology changes are enormous. You have to work hard to survive,” says Sean, director at Rhino Bins.

He says the building sites he works on now have changed dramatically over the past couple of years.

“Access to building sites have changed in Victoria, and Melbourne especially. It’s moved from larger properties to tighter multi-units with big high rises, where most trucks just can’t get access to,” Sean says.

In response to these changes, last year, Sean approached Bulk Transport Equipment (BTE) to find a smaller more compact hooklift. Over the past 10 years, BTE has designed and built bin transfer trailers, rear ejection waste and scrap trailers and live floor trailers, but has now become the importer of the Succi range of hookloaders from Italian company CPS.

Sean was able to get a 14-tonne model with a knuckle neck which aims to assist with operating under lower overhead costs. BTE recently signed an agreement with Italian company CPS to provide their extensive range of hookloaders to the Australian market.

The Succi hookloaders offer a vast range of sizes and options, including the Dino spec multirail units designed specifically for Australia, and a range of knuckle neck models from 14-40 tonne and fixed neck models from 8-30 tonnes.

Sean says the knuckle neck arm allows for a lower lifting point, making it to get it into sites with height limits. It also allows him to lift more while lowering the bin at the same time.

“With a normal hook, the main lifting arm is fixed and does not allow us to pickup bins under awnings or low obstacles. But with the knuck neck, we can lower the neck back and adjust the hook to go back, which gives us a lower lifting point and lets us get into tight places with no problem,” Sean explains.

It can carry one skip, when full, but can carry multiple when empty and stacked inside each other.

Sean says he remembered how reliable it was when he recalled the Succi name.

“They have fantastic durability. I bought one of them in 1996 and I’ve still got one of them today,” he says.

After one week of his 14-tonne knuckle neck hooklift being on the road, Sean says that it’s managed to generate additional sales leads.

Even a small increase in productivity eventually adds up, he adds.

“The little one per cents are the things that add up the most and make all the difference. You don’t realise how good a machine like this is until you’ve got one.

“With some weaker performing products you may have to work around their limitations, but with the Succi hooklift, we’re getting the job done and we no longer have to negotiate with building site managers to gain access.”

The Succi knuckle neck also lets his trucks get into basements and similar with low access.

BTE’s agreement with CPS means that they will take on the importation, sales, service and spare parts for Succi hookloaders throughout Victoria and Tasmania.

By taking control of the entire supply chain, BTE says it can provide high quality Italian products at a competitive price. The team can also use their extensive knowledge for installation and service backup.

Sean couldn’t be happier with the team at BTE, as they were able to set him up before Christmas and gave him great service.

“We’ve been operating with BTE for eight to nine years now, and if everything keeps going well, we will be put an order in for three more skip loaders,” Sean says.

As the director of a local company, Sean understands and values the support that BTE provides.

“They follow the same morals that we do as a small business. They follow through with what they say and get the job done.

“They’re a local company and they know that a happy customer will keep coming back,” Sean says.

The trust that has been built up between the two businesses is important, as it helps everyone get the best results.

“In any industry, good relationships are the most important thing,“ he adds.

“When you’ve got trust, you’re not spending your time negotiating or chasing prices. If you trust someone, you’ll grow together.”

Sean hopes that his new Succi will live up to its predecessor.

“Durability is a big deal in the waste management industry. Everything gets worn out and maintenance is so important. A lot of them haven’t cut it.”

BTE’s service department is located at both of its factories in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong to make sure customers like Sean have speedy access to emergency repairs and schedule services to keep all equipment operating as it should.