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Fiori DB460 proves ideal for phone mast installation

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A Fiori DB460 self-loading rough terrain concrete mixer on hire from Utranazz has been used by Circet Ireland & UK to install phone masts in remote areas of the UK that are without broadband or mobile internet access.

Circet Ireland & UK, leading providers to the telecommunications, transport infrastructure and power sectors in Ireland and the UK, used the DB460 in a remote part of the UK, to install phone masts where the route to the site was not suitable for a conventional on-highway mixer.

“The route crossed a mixture of terrain, with large inclines and declines enroute of up to 20% with sharp cambers", explains Shane Smith, Operations Director, Circet.

“Originally our plan had been to deliver the concrete by helicopter, but due to harsh weather conditions it was grounded, so we had to find an alternative to keep the programme on track. 

“Once we’d contacted Utranazz, they quickly put our minds at rest and an option of using a DB460 was mooted, with a subsequent plan quickly formulated and executed perfectly.

A mobile concrete mixer pouring concrete in a rural locartion with a man in bright PPE

The Fiori DB460 self-loading rough terrain concrete mixer is a compact and agile machine with a maximum capacity of 4.5m³ and a daily production rate of 90/100 m³. 

Used as an alternative to small and medium-sized truck mounted concrete mixers, they provide great handling - enhanced by the reversible driver’s seat and the drum rotation system for 360° discharge of concrete - flexibility and autonomy. 

At the remote site, a standard drum mixer is first used to transfer the concrete into a boom pump, which then transfers the concrete into the DB460, which can then tackle the steep gradients with ease to get the concrete to where it needs to be.

For the phone masts foundations, says Shane Smith, C40 concrete was used enabling rapid deployment and completion of the works as part of Government funded Shared Rural Network initiative (SRN), which will deliver reliable mobile broadband to 95% of the UK, addressing the digital divide by improving 4G coverage in the areas that need it most.

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