Scania R580 8×4 recovery vehicle for BRS

Besems Recovery Service (BRS) from Tilburg recently took a particularly heavy Scania R580 8 × 4 recovery vehicle into use. The car is used mainly for Incident Management around Tilburg and for salvage work in the region.

BRS director and co-owner Angelo Besems deliberately chose a Scania chassis because it had exactly the specifications that Besems had in mind.

Chassis for mining

“You can buy a heavy scraper that we need for many years to come. So in addition to what the car can do, it also counts how long it can keep up without problems,” says Angelo, who has been at the helm since 2016. for BRS, formerly Gijsbers Bedrijven Tilburg, together with its sister Ilona. “Scania is well known in the heaviest segment for its strength and durability. This is a chassis that you usually encounter in Sweden during large-scale mining. It is not without reason, that this truck has the heaviest hub reduction and the strongest chassis available from the factory. ”

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In fact, the new Scania is a sophisticated interplay between a state-of-the-art high-tech body and an old-fashioned chassis layout for maximum ruggedness. “But with a modern cab and engine. And Scania can supply all this ex works. That made the choice, together with the fact that we preferred a V8 engine, much easier, “said Angelo.” In addition, we already have a Scania with a 43 ton / m crane for heavy work, so we know the dealer in Tilburg. This has proven to be very important and has been a stone in the branding for us throughout the buying and building process. ”


The superstructure has been completed according to the specifications that BRS deems necessary. But the chassis is also quite special. “We chose an R580 highline with a standard 8 × 4 with two steerable nine-ton front axles. Along with progressive parabolic blade suspension and the heaviest hub reduction available, I now have a 2 × 16 ton tandem and arrive at a 140 ton GTW. “And that’s what I have to do. Because with a salvage, you see that as soon as you start lifting, the pressure on the tandem joint increases rapidly, while the pressure on the front axles drops.”

Angelo was pleasantly surprised at how compact the turning circle still is in this classic setup. “The wheel angle at Scania is more than formidable,” he now knows from experience.


The tow truck weighs just over 31 tonnes empty. This is because Angelo carries almost five tons of counterweight to keep enough pressure on its front axles during the toughest tasks. “We have a weight of 3.5 tons above the second steering axle, and in front of the first axle we made a flat box under the bumper, containing 1,200 kg of lead. This is also to maintain sufficient ground clearance under the vehicle. Without a load, we almost always drive at the maximum weight of the front axles. But as soon as we have a truck at the waist, we relieve it so that we come out perfectly balanced and still have enough front axle pressure. ”


BRS usually builds its salvage vehicles all by itself, but due to the constant bustle of the company and the lack of time, a scrap installation of De Groot Techniek from Brakel was chosen. The heart of the depot are two heavy-duty hydraulic Sepson winches with a 26 mm steel cable. This means that BRS has 2 × 20 tonnes on board single-line. “That’s why we almost never have to work in two lines,” Angelo’s experience shows. The lines run over two discs on top of a 4.5 meter long boom that can be extended twice and can also be raised. “That way we can both lift and pull. The car itself can be stamped with two hydraulically extendable support legs at the rear that also extend outwards. This significantly improves the car’s stability during side games. “

A special feature is the camera surveillance of the games. “They are so far into the heart of the car that they are not visible from the outside,” Angelo says. “But you want to make sure that the line is unwound properly, otherwise you tear things apart in no time. So we can see that on a screen on one of the contact panels.”

26 tons spoon

But possibly an even more important tool is the double-pulling 26 ton spoon. “It is preferable to put a salvage truck with the front or rear axle in the forks. Therefore, the end of our spoon installation is only 11.5 centimeters high. Then you almost always get under it.” The hydraulics are operated via a radio remote control. “In fact, the entire superstructure has its own can-bus system, which is almost completely separate from Scania. What we want to achieve with it is that as long as the engine runs, we remain fully operational.”

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‘Well thought out’

The rest of the car is completely finished as Besems wanted. “You need a lot of auxiliary equipment these days. Also because, for example, each brand of truck requires different accessories. It’s all in twelve cabinets, six of which are on each side of the car. It’s been well thought out.” For example, all doors open individually and not in pairs, and on top of that they all swing forward. ”There is also the necessary equipment on the inside of the door, which you then have when you go from the back to the front, immediately everything “Furthermore, there is sufficient lighting and storage space in the cabinets due to a modular storage system. For example, the front cabinets have a fold-out staircase and the rear ones have a pull-out platform, so these cabinets are also easily accessible,” says Besems.

‘Great addition’

“The new Scania salvage truck is a wonderful addition to the existing fleet, allowing the toughest salvage operations to be performed for our customers. In addition to this truck, we also have two heavy recovery vehicles, a crane, a low loader, heavy forklifts and a recoil set. This prevents overturned trucks from spinning or making uncontrolled movements when standing upright. With this car we can be ready 24/7. For this we have a team of specialized people who run guard services. But we also work in the region and abroad. That’s why there are two beds and a parking cooler in the cabin, ‘concludes an enthusiastic Besems.

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