Wordsworth Crushing records a first for the UK

Published: 09 June 2022

Wordsworth Crushing of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom is a multi-disciplinary contract crushing and earthworks contractor that has built an excellent reputation nationwide. Contracts include heavy industrial work in quarries, ground stabilisation and demolition services for some of the country’s largest quarrying and construction firms.

Reliable machinery is central to the success of the business and the company prides itself on its hi-tech, state-of-the-art plant and haulage fleet.

In 2020 the customer bought its first three Bell Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs), a B30E and two B45Es, which were destined for work at Port Talbot Steel Works. The company off-hired three older dump trucks to supply from its own fleet and appraised a number of dump trucks.  

Oliver Wordsworth, Managing Director of Wordsworth Crushing recalls: “Price, performance and availability were all factors that made us choose Bell dumpers. The trucks are working in a very arduous environment at the steelworks hauling processed slag away from the crushing plant, so they have to be strong and reliable as slag is very abrasive.  Our operators have also reported that the dumpers provide excellent comfort, which is important when they are operating day in and day out in a tough, demanding environment.”

The company has since bought a further four units which are now working on a variety of contracts, including a granite quarry in Leicester. Reduced fuel consumption was a major factor in this new order.

“The dumpers must be good as we have a B30E and five B45Es that are currently working and we have a further four B45Es on order, including the first B45E 4x4 model in the UK – which will take our Bell fleet to 10,” says Oliver. “We’re obviously delighted that the Bell dumpers have improved fuel economy over our previous trucks which obviously saves us money. We are really looking forward to getting the 4x4 model into our fleet to see how it compares to the other trucks.”

The all-new Bell B45E 4x4 is designed for flexible use in quarrying and smaller mining operations. It offers the same payload as its 6x6 counterpart and retains exceptional off-road benefits, but with a smaller turning circle and improved tyre wear. This makes it ideal for operations not needing the full flexibility of the 6x6 dumpers yet keen to benefit from a lower cost per tonne.