2250G Slurry Tanker: Barton Contractors, Mellor, Lancashire

After signing a five-year contract on a roads project in Cambridgeshire, contractor Neil Barton decided to upgrade his tankers.

“Because the other tankers were 10 years old, I decided to buy some new ones,” he explains. “I had other brands before, but I looked around and, in my opinion, Abbey tankers were the best – because of the way they’re built.”

The three 2250G tankers are being used 14 hours a day, six days a week, so have to be robust and reliable.

One thing he’s been particularly pleased with is the outlet on the tankers. “A lot of other tankers silt up quickly with this sort of work, but not the Abbeys. What we do is suck dirty water up from the site, and you can get a lot of stones and stuff like that in it. As most tankers have an outlet that comes straight out of the back, they silt up easily and need to be cleaned out regularly, but the Abbey tankers have an outlet that comes from underneath the barrel, so we’re not having as many problems with silt.”

After sucking up the excess water on the site, the tankers deposit their loads into a temporary lagoon. Then, when it’s dry, they suck the water back out of the lagoons and spread it where the excavations are taking place to prevent problems with dust.

Neil, who is based in Mellor, Lancashire, used to do mostly agricultural contracting, but has been doing more construction work for the last six years.