Aebi Schmidt is trialling a new Combi Flex spreader, twinned with a 32-tonne DAF 8x4 truck and fitted with a 5 cubic meter hopper and huge 13,750 litre brine-filled tanks.
The winter service specialist said this will be the first time the Combi Flex spreader has been operated in the UK, following a series of successful runs in Scandinavia over the last 12 months, and Transport Scotland is set to use the spreader on a 26-week trial from this month to next April.
Aebi Schmidt said the design allows a flexible range of winter spreading options from pure salt to pure brine – and all points in between.
Martin Thompson, network impacts manager at Transport Scotland, said: ‘We are excited to be trialling Aebi Schmidt’s new Combi Flex spreader in this year’s winter service programme. We believe its flexibility and versatility will be key assets in our commitment to keep Scotland’s trunk roads free of snow and ice this winter.’
David Harvey, technical sales manager at Aebi Schmidt, said: ‘While there has been a trend in the European winter market towards greater levels of brine spraying in recent years, the new patented Combi Flex combines all aspects of spreading dry and pre-wet salt, with the ability to adjust brine percentages upwards of 30%, through to pure spraying.
‘The Combi Flex allows for rapid changing between dry substances and brine, without the need for conversion. By reducing the levels of salt involved, operators can not only reduce costs – by up to 30% in certain cases – they can also lessen the environmental impact at the same time.’