Rapid Rail® Automated Side Load Garbage Trucks
Automated Side Loaders
The Rapid Rail Automated Side Loader garbage truck body has a 1,600 pound lift capacity, and allows for residential, commercial and multi-family refuse collection. It can handle 30-300 gallon refuse containers all day long with ease. The powerful arm has virtually zero kick out allowing operation in the tightest of alleys, and an 8-second cycle time means industry-leading productivity, all in combination with the lightest weight sideloder in the industry.
No one has more experience with automated refuse collection than Heil®, and no automated product has a longer track record than the Heil Rapid Rail automated side loader. More than 30 years after its introduction, the Rapid Rail continues to be the standard to which all others are compared. The Rapid Rail lift arm’s lengthy reach, fast cycle times, continuous packing big swing paddle, and solid lightweight structural design make it a highly productive and efficient automated collection choice for large and small fleets alike.
Our unique lift geometry provides a direct line to the hopper, without the “kick-out” of some other systems, so the Rapid Rail can pick up where other vehicles can’t. Add to that an eight-foot reach, 1,600-pound lift capacity, plus an eight-second cycle time, and you’ve got a fast and efficient vehicle that can collect over 1,000 homes per day.
The Rapid Rail has a patented paddle packer that continuously sweeps the three cubic yard hopper, boosting productivity, because the operator does not have to pause between stops to activate the packer. Instead, the operator can continue to collect their route while the paddle packer cleans the hopper. The continuous packer design also provides added driver convenience, because the operator doesn’t have to clean behind the packer paddle. The standard Select-O-Pack feature allows an operator to set a predetermined number of lift cycles before the auto-pack sequence is engaged, extending the life of the paddle packer.
With 30 years of proven performance, the Rapid Rail offers the toughest, lightweight body in the industry. We use high-tensile strength steel throughout for superior strength, without unnecessary weight. The body also features a full radius at all corners for easier off-loading of refuse, ensuring that the load is completely discharged each time.
The Rapid Rail is available in eight different body sizes, from 16 to 32 cubic yards. Single axle or tandem axle configurations provide the most flexibility of any automated system. All models are available to dump.
Rapid Rail® Automated Lift
The Rapid Rail automated lift arm can efficiently handle containers from 30 gallons up to 300 gallons, making it an ideal solution for commercial and residential applications. The redesigned lift features a six-roller carriage that distributes the load evenly across the arm, greatly increasing its life.
Big Swing Paddle Packer
Improved Big Swing design increases paddle life by 2X from the previous version. The newly designed packer shaft seal also virtually eliminates leaks. Hard tube lines to upper and lower bearings allow grease to be applied from the ground level.
Select-O-Pack allows an operator to set a predetermined number of lift cycles before the auto-pack sequence is engaged. This feature helps to extend the life of the paddle packer.
The solidly designed lightweight body allows for a more optimal payload, and is ideal for areas with stringent weight restrictions.
PATENTED PADDLE PACKER
The patented Rapid Rail paddle packer continuously sweeps the hopper, eliminating the need to stop and pack the load, as well as the need to clean out debris from behind the packer. This keeps the hopper clear, free of bridged loads, and ready to accept container contents.
2x Increased Paddle Life
New materials and welding procedures, better spline design, increased upper and lower bearing size, and replaceable engineered plastic bearing between lower bearing housing and actuator plate all result in increased paddle life by 2X from the legacy design.
New Packer Shaft Seal Design
The packer shaft seal redesign virtually eliminates leaks, and is also easily replaceable when service is needed. This new design also keeps the bottom bearing clean, preventing corrosive leachate from getting on the lower bearing as well as the actuator.
Upper and Lower Bearing Grease Lines
New hard-tube lube lines to the upper and lower bearings assure that grease can easily be applied from ground level.
Unique Lift Geometry
Because the lift geometry provides a direct line to the hopper, there is no “kick-out” as seen with other systems, enabling the Rapid Rail to get in and out of tight spaces easily.
RAPID RAIL® GRABBER GEARS
Made from specially formulated, high-strength, low-alloy steel, the Rapid Rail features superior hardened grabber gears that virtually eliminate gear wear. The gears are splined to the grabber shafts and can be cycled up to 1,000,000 times with virtually no evidence of wear.
Quiet, Fuel-Efficient Operation
The Heil Operate-in-Gear-at-Idle System comes standard. It is designed to help you finish routes faster. This saves up to one gallon of fuel per hour, while reducing wear on the lift assembly, chassis, engine, and transmission. Plus, it greatly reduces noise — a benefit to operators and customers alike.
Easily Accessible Hydraulics
Hydraulic cylinders are installed in Service Smart locations to make them readily accessible from the ground for easy maintenance. The twin packer cylinders are located under the body to help protect them from refuse abrasion. While other bodies need four cylinders to raise, lower, and lock the tailgate, the Rapid Rail uses only two.
No Packer Panel
The Rapid Rail has a patented rotating packer design that continuously sweeps the hopper and packs the load, so the operator can keep collecting without stopping to cycle the packer. Because there is no packer panel to slide into the body, there are also no shoes, guide tracks, or guide rails to wear out – and you never have to clean out behind the packer.
The Rapid Rail offers outstanding visibility for operators, enabling them to drive from the preferred left-hand side of the truck, and provides flexibility in selecting a cab style; either cab-over or conventional styles are compatible.
The “brain” of our system is the rugged mobile controller. This brilliant innovation provides unbeatable intelligence and precise control. Placing the mobile controller in a protected location gives us the intelligence we need and the durability our customers demand, resulting in less downtime, ease of service, and unmatched simplicity of operation.
Add 3rd Eye® Digital Packages
Connect for service verification, body/chassis data, fuel tax reporting, and route management. Includes factory installed 3rd Eye Mobile, with the ability to connect up to eight cameras.
Add 3rd Eye® Collision Avoidance Radar
3rd Eye family of Integrated Collision Avoidance Radar Systems protects both your drivers, your assets, and those in close proximity to your vehicle using existing 3rd Eye Mobile camera cables.
Add Body Rooftop CNG Storage
Our system enables your CNG refuse fleet to deliver the same productivity you would expect from a diesel unit while saving money with clean, domestic, compressed natural gas fuel.
Add 300-Gallon Grabbers
The lift can efficiently handle containers from 30 gallons up to 300 gallons, making it an ideal solution for mixed routes with both commercial and residential applications.
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