THE CityWhale is a new range of vehicles offering both jetting and suction capabilities in a package adapted for urban operation.
Designed and manufactured by Whale Tankers, one of Europe’s largest makers of liquid waste tankers and jetting equipment, the range is said to offer reliability, performance and flexibility in situations where accessibility is restricted.
The CityWhale range is based on a popular European concept of deploying a lightweight combination tanker in areas such as congested town and city centres and car parks. Built to an exacting specification to meet the demands of urban operation, it features aluminium tanks right across the model line up.
The new range will be available in three versions: the Micro (3.2-3.5t), the Midi (3.5-4.5t) and the Major (7.5t), offering customer choice for a variety of applications.
The new vehicle joins the already well established WhaleCompact range of van mounted equipment.
Built on a 3.2 tonne GVW Euro 5 Ford Ranger chassis (it can also be specified on a Land Rover chassis at 3.5t), the new CityWhale Micro is said to be a highly versatile combination unit, offering exceptional suction and jetting performance in a compact-sized vehicle. With the added capability of four-wheel drive, it can be operated in even the hardest to reach areas without the need for an HGV licence.
The high quality aluminium tank has a 1,200 litre capacity – divided into 400 litres for water and 800 litres for sludge. It features, as standard, a Jurop PN33 suction pump and a Pratissoli KT22 high pressure triplex piston pump, giving a water flow of 50 litres/min at 250 bar with a ½ inch steel braided jetting hose.
One of the vehicles was demonstrated at April’s Commercial Vehicle Show, a vehicle specified at 320bar with a 43 litres/min flow and a 3/8 inch hose. Both pumps were hydraulically driven by the vehicle engine through an OMSI 210MKG transfer box.
Other features include an eight channel radio remote control unit, a hydraulically-driven 100m high pressure hose reel and integral lockable aluminium storage cabinets.
The launch vehicle on the Whale stand at the show was also fitted with an optional swivel hose and up-rated rear leaf spring suspension.