SunSkips, sets its sights on Sennebogen.

Fast growing business, SunSkips, was looking for a plant supply partner that could keep up the pace as their business continues to go from strength-to-strength post pandemic. A search that led them to invest in a new Sennebogen 817E material handler from the recycling machinery experts at Molson Green...

When the team behind Stowmarket based firm, SunSkips, snapped up the Stowmarket Skip Hire business in 2020, it was to pursue a vision to shake up the waste handling sector. With operations that now cover Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk, the skip hire and waste handling specialist has certainly been positive in its pursuit of business as it looks to become the go-to name in the area.

Where others see the waste industry as a sector that has struggled to keep up with the uptake of new technology, SunSkips has embraced social media and the internet as fundamental touch points for its business.

As part of its ambitious plans, the firm has expanded to take on a clutch of sites with Managing Director, Matt Stewart, working on the introduction of several more that are in the pipeline. He believes these sites will help cement SunSkips position as the area’s premier skip and waste handling company. Part of those ambitious plans is the continued development of a plant fleet dedicated specifically to the waste handling sector.

Matt worked alongside Molson Green Sales Manager, Brian Bell, to help develop a strategy for improving the material handling equipment options at its Stowmarket yard.

Brian said, “The forward thinking and ambitious business model that SunSkips possesses, reflects that of Molson Green and Sennebogen. Matt and the team at SunSkips want it to be the leading firm in the sector and we see ourselves as kindred spirits. It has been a real pleasure to help them develop their fleet requirements.”

The yard at Stowmarket handles over 50,000tonnes of skip hire, construction, commercial and industrial waste each year, delivered to site through its fleet of skip lorries and ro-ro waste lorries. With such a high turnover of material the emphasis was on finding a compact waste handler that could work the concrete-slabbed yard efficiently. The Sennebogen 817E mobile material handler was the perfect fit.

Brian further explains, “The team was using an excavator with a grab attachment. A specialist yard needs equipment specifically manufactured for the job. The Sennebogen 817E is the perfect option for the SunSkips yard. It is designed to lift and move large loads of waste materials rather than excavate. The reach is incomparable to an excavator and its rubber tyres mean there is less damage to the concrete floor.”

With an operating weight of between 17.5tonnes and 18.5tonnes, SunSkips took the Sennebogen 817E that has an 8m reach rather than the maximum of 9m available. The 817E boasts a hydraulically elevating cab as standard and with its 2.4m maximum elevation, the machine offers perfect viewing into the site loading bins, improving operational efficiency and safety for operator and yard staff.

Operator comfort in the cab is second to none with the 817E offering superb sound insulation, its all-round glazing offering superb visibility and joystick control making the machine simple to operate.

It is powered by an extremely fuel-efficient water cooled FPT NEF 45 Tier IV turbo-charged direct injection engine that offers 92kW of power at 2,200rpm. The engine itself is located on the side of the machine, offering easy access for any maintenance issues.

SunSkips Managing Director, Matt Stewart, has been delighted with the performance of the 817E since it arrived at its Stowmarket base and has no regrets about taking on a Sennebogen handler.

Stewart said, “We saw lots of Sennebogen machines being sold into the market are familiar with the advantages they offer. We had heard nothing but great feedback from operators with experience in using them as we have developed the business, so capacity and material turnover has doubled. We were looking for a reliable machine that would help increase our operational efficiency, the Sennebogen 817E does that.”

SunSkips has taken the Sennebogen on a full-service contract which offers the certainty of fixed costs, coupled with the excellent post-sales support that Molson Green offers - and all with no nasty financial surprises.

Brian said, “Helping support rapidly expanding and ambitious companies, such as SunSkips, is part of the reason we are in business. At Molson Green we believe in working with customers and using our combined expertise to provide the ideal solutions. I am really pleased that we have been able to help the SunSkips team as they develop the business.”

Associated Businesses

  • Molson Group are the UK’s largest independent new and used equipment dealer. With a customer focused approach, we are able to provide clients of all sizes a single source supply option of market leading products, backed up by a tea...