Roger Dyson grants artic a second life for Fillongley Garage

It worked for five years as a standard 6x2 Scania R420 tractor unit – but has now been transformed by specialist bodybuilder Roger Dyson Group into a powerful Commander heavy recovery truck.

A combination of market-leading build quality and the proven reliability of its equipment won Roger Dyson the conversion order from Fillongley Garage.

The Coventry-based operator purchased the tractor unit from local Scania dealer Keltruck, one of its biggest customers.

It was sent straight to Roger Dyson’s Droitwich workshop and emerged 12 weeks later as a Dyson Commander CL500HP, with fully-liveried stainless steel bodywork, a 30,000lb H30 hydraulic winch and a Commander low-line underlift capable of extending to 3.9 metres.

As well as lengthening the truck’s wheelbase, Roger Dyson also removed Scania’s standard second axle and added a smaller Pioneer rear lift axle, to allow optimum lifting capacity, axle loadings and manoeuvrability. The engine’s power rating was also upgraded from 420 to 480hp.

The new unit replaces a Dyson Commander unit which Roger Dyson took back in part-exchange, it having provided 10 years’ reliable service to Fillongley Garage.

“That truck gave us no trouble at all,” recalls Managing Director Eric Hammond. “Like our other Dyson vehicles it was absolutely dependable and built to an extremely high standard. So of course, we had no hesitation in choosing another Dyson Commander to replace it.”

Fillongley Garage runs a fleet of 17 recovery vehicles, almost all of which were supplied by Roger Dyson. They range from Enforcer two-wheel lifts and Hydraloader slidebeds to an NRC 9430 sliding and rotating heavy recovery unit.

As well as working on Fillongley’s contract with Keltruck, the new Commander is also being used on other contracts for customers including the police, breakdown organisations and insurance companies.

“When you buy a vehicle from Roger Dyson you just know it’s going to be right,” continues Mr Hammond. “He spends a lot of time working out the details, such as the way the lockers are designed and installed. This may sound quite trivial but it can make the lives of our recovery technicians a great deal easier when they’re out on a ’live’ job. “

And he adds: ““The quality of finish and overall reliability of Roger’s products is second to none, and we’re extremely well served by the whole Dyson team.”

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