Heil Environmental has introduced a new 20-cubic-yard Half/Pack front loader on a single-axle chassis with a tag axle, far smaller than the standard 28-cubic-yard Half/Pack.

The smaller unit’s wheelbase of 185 inches retains the 12-cubic-yard hopper, curved body, patented clamp-on arms and interlaced subframe of the standard Half/Pack front loader. It was developed in response to a request from Allied Waste Services, which needed a single-axle front loader for compliance with a number of city ordinances where tandem-axle vehicles are forbidden.

“The 20-yard Half/Pack is more maneuverable and gentler on city streets than larger refuse collection vehicles,” said Shannon Harrop, Heil director of product management. “The Half/Pack is renowned for its performance on commercial routes, but many customers may want to use this smaller Half/Pack for residential collection, as well. It can be used on manual, semi-automated or automated routes.”