IW Drains expands fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans

Waste management solutions provider IW Drains has more than doubled the size of its fleet with the purchase of three new Mercedes-Benz vans.

Belfast-based IW Drains launched last year with a pair of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters and has now added another two Sprinters and a Citan to its roster.

All the vans are in Dyno-Rod’s distinctive livery – the company awarded IW Drains a license in 2018. They were purchased from dealer MBNI Truck & Van.

 IW Drains, in association with Irish Waste Services, provides waste management solutions – covering everything from hazardous materials to reduction, recycling, recovery and reuse – for customers working across a range of industry sectors. It also runs a fleet of heavy trucks from its base in the Carryduff area of the city.

“Having taken on the Dyno-Rod work we quickly realised we needed additional vehicles to provide cover,” explained transportation manager Finbarr Gallagher. “We considered vans by various manufacturers but came down in favour of Mercedes-Benz because we felt it offered higher standards of build quality, comfort and safety.

“That decision has been fully vindicated. Our first two Sprinters have proved totally reliable and performed very well, so we had no hesitation about returning to MBNI Truck & Van when we needed more.”

IW Drains’ first two Sprinters carry high-pressure jetting equipment for drain cleaning and are racked out to carry tools and spare parts. One of the new vans is similarly equipped, while the second carries remotely controlled camera and monitoring systems for surveying damaged pipelines. All work was carried out by Total Van Solutions, of Newtownabbey.

IW Drains chose long, high-roofed L2 H2 316 CDI variants, with fuel-efficient 163hp engines that drive the rear wheels.

Meanwhile, the Citan has been allocated to operations manager Paul McReynolds. The 109 CDI model combines a comfortable, car-like driving experience with a useful load space and it is economical – its 1.5-litre powerplant produces 109hp and returns up to 65.7mpg in the combined cycle.

The vans are now being used by engineers to carry out domestic and commercial drain-cleaning work across Northern Ireland. They are being maintained at MBNI Truck & Van’s workshop in Newtownabbey under Mercedes-Benz ServiceCare plans.

“The Sprinter is ideally suited to this application,” said Gallagher. “The body is the perfect size and the rear-wheel drive set-up is our preferred option for vehicles which carry a lot of weight over the back axle. The cab interiors are great too, very smart and well-appointed. They have certainly been favourably received by the colleagues who use them.”

Like all new Mercedes-Benz vans supplied through the manufacturer’s dealer network, IW Drains’ Dyno-Rod vans are backed by three-year, unlimited mileage warranties. They also came with MobiloVan cover, which includes free, round-the-clock emergency assistance.

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a freelance journalist and former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK's biggest selling truck magazine. He writes for both The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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