Stoneywood bounces back with help from Roger Dyson

Stoneywood bounces back with help from Roger Dyson

Stoneywood Motors enjoys an impressive reputation as one of northern England’s premier vehicle recovery specialists – but the company has itself been on the road to recovery since a serious arson attack on its Sowerby Bridge headquarters.

Criminals caused £1.5 million-worth of damage when they struck last December, destroying no fewer than nine recovery units and service vans, as well as several customers’ vehicles.

The blaze put Stoneywood Motors on the back foot but the company managed to struggle through the winter and has now emerged stronger than ever, having just taken delivery from leading bodybuilder Roger Dyson Group of four new recovery trucks.

They include Stoneywood’s first vehicle to be fitted with Dyson’s market-leading Hydraloader SLa (Super-Low approach) slideback body, which offers a load angle of just 4.9 degrees. Based on a 12-tonne gvw Renault Midlum 220.12 crewcab chassis with rear air suspension, the HR5000 body features a steel deck (SLa units are also available in light-weight aluminum) with 5,000kg capacity, single lever and remote-radio controls, and a spectacle lift for recovering a second vehicle.

Stoneywood Motors is also running a pair of new 7.5-tonne Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C15Ds with Double crewcabs. Both have Roger Dyson Enforcer 2,500kg capacity two-wheel lift bodies with radio-remote controlled power tilt booms, and storage lockers, and were painted and sign-written at its factory in Droitwich, Worcestershire. Their arrivals bring to seven, the number of Canter-based Enforcers on the Stoneywood fleet.

Completing the new line-up is a 3,000kg Hydraloader HR3000 La (Low approach) aluminium slidebed with a second vehicle lift, built on a used 7.5-tonne Iveco Eurocargo chassis supplied by Stoneywood for conversion.

Stoneywood Motors was founded more than 30 years ago by partners Colin Exley, David Harrison and John Senior. Their company. which also has a depot at Hartshead Service Station on the M62, near Brighouse, provides a 24-hour breakdown and recovery service throughout West Yorkshire and is an agent to the likes of the AA, RAC and Green Flag.

A long-standing Roger Dyson Group customer, Stoneywood Motors also operates several more Hydraloader slidebeds and a pair of eight-wheeled Dyson NRC Sliders for heavy recoveries – Roger Dyson is the sole UK distributor for Canadian-built NRC sliding recovery cranes.

Colin Exley says: “The fire caused a great deal of damage and meant that we faced a very difficult few months. But we came through it all without letting down any of our customers and are now looking to the future with optimism.

“And of course, we’re doing so in partnership with Roger Dyson. With its exceptionally low load angle, the new Hydraloader SLa is already proving to be a very useful and productive addition to our fleet, while the Canter-Enforcer combination is one that we’ve favoured for some time – the chassis is relatively low to the ground which makes loading easier, while its narrowness means it’s also highly manoeuvrable, a big advantage when we’re returning customers’ recovered vehicles to homes where access may be restricted.”

Depending on their size and specification, Stoneywood Motors operates its recovery trucks for anything up to 10 years. “When we do finally stand them down the Dyson-bodied units always command strong residual values,” adds Mr Exley, “which is not surprising because they’re always very reliable and built to an exceptionally high quality.”

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