Waste management today

Your route to easier operations

Power. Reliability. Operational efficiency. Just three of the assets that the Quester and Croner bring to waste management assignments.
Read on to find out more.


Famed for its endurance, the Quester is a versatile and agile workhorse that provides cost-efficient payback in the long-term. ESCOT is now available. This means easier driving with simple stop-start in tight urban environments with many collection points.


The Croner is a flexible, efficient compliment to the new Quester. It features a clean, simple and comfortable cab environment, thus is ideally suited to waste management assignments. Easily serviced and providing maximum uptime, it saves time and fuel on the road.


Both the Quester and the Croner are designed to make superstructure installation easy. Comprehensive and flexible bodybuilder preparations and power take-offs for specific applications make them ideal to be adapted for the kind of assignments you need to be ready for.

                                          Skip loader                                                      For transport of urban industrial waste to city recycling unit. Also used in estates and semi-rural areas.

                                 Dropside with high side                                               For the collection of general waste – mainly steel, plastic and paper – from centralized sites. 

                                          Compactor                                                     Designed for the collection and transport of residential urban waste to city recycling unit. 

                                           Vacuum unit                                            For the collection and disposal of sewage. In urban industrial and semi-rural use. 

Perfect powertrain performance

The nature and tempo of waste assignments can vary greatly, but regardless of what’s required, it’s reassuring to know  that you can rely on high average speed anytime. Both UD trucks have a wide choice of engine power outputs, rear axle ratios and gearboxes so that the driveline can be optimized to ensure high average speed  and excellent vehicle performance.

Flexible PTO and chassis choices

The new Quester features a range of power take-off options, for various applications. A heavy-duty chassis provides maximum stability, while a range of chassis options offer you the flexibility you need.

Agility and startability

Busy urban environments demand excellent driving control and startability. The smoothness of the Allison automatic transmission not only provides driver comfort but additional torque as well.

Track and trace telematics

UD Telematics Services provides you with full visibility of your vehicles for efficient fleet management. Tracking and tracing your vehicles has never been easier thanks to the user friendly interface of the UD Telematics web portal and mobile app. They ensure the visibility of your fleet is always at your fingertips, even while on the move.

High capacity payload possibilities

In today’s tough market, making simple changes to increase payload can lift your business to another level. The Croner has a wide offer GVW available in 12–18 tonnes to maximize your payload, while the Quester comes with an option of hub reduction on tandem axles, making heavy loads easier to handle in tough conditions. Both trucks are manufactured using components that offer higher load capacity and better weight distribution.

Easy superstructure solutions

Both UD trucks for waste management are designed for a variety of superstructure installations. Comprehensive instructions, bodybuilder-friendly designs and specific chassis drawings allow them to be swiftly adapted for all assignments.

Engine designed for profitability

Both Quester and Croner feature responsive engines that deliver smooth driving while saving fuel. An effective combination of wide maximum torque range, high torque at low revs, and an engine with high efficiency turbocharger/intercooler mean both trucks are ideally equipped to increase profitability in the long run.

Optimized powertrain

The best modern powertrain combinations don’t simply deliver improved power and performance. They do it while consuming less fuel. We have a wide choice of rear axle ratios available for different applications. These allow the trucks to operate in the economy band at cruising speed in top gear, while of course delivering top performance.

Factory-fitted for fuel saving

Further good news is that Allison automatic transmission is able to deliver better fuel economy and increased profitability. Featuring Economy Shift mode, Allison shifts at lower speeds to save fuel. Also, the new Quester and Croner are the only trucks of their kind to feature factory-fitted Allison, meaning it has been extensively tested at source to ensure best performance and value.

Vehicle handover

At UD Trucks, we believe that positive partnerships create good business. That’s why we introduced a vehicle handover, to ensure that all drivers get the full low-down on exactly the truck they will drive. Driver training from day one means that efficient driving and improved fuel economy don't have to wait. And drivers getting familiar with features and daily checks increases on-road safety.

Better driver performance

Our driver assistance features help to better overall performance. An angled dashboard layout with clear instrument panel and easy to reach switches mean that focus is totally on the job in hand. Clear driver information is available via a larger information display. There is also the opportunity to use fuel utilization reports to improve driver performance where it’s needed.

Profitable driver training

Driver skills matter. Just a small increase  in productivity can have a major impact on bottom-line. Our advanced fuel-efficiency courses further improve driver competence and efficiency for long-term benefit. An additional safe driving course focuses on awareness, driving techniques and safety equipment.

Ergonomics makes things easier

Waste management assignments can mean many stops and much hopping in and out of the cab. That’s why a comfortable working environment is highly desirable and can be vital to success. Both Quester and Croner have a steering wheel with angular and telescopic adjustment, as well as an adjustable driver’s seat with well shaped cushions and backrest. Because a good driving position and seat can make all the difference.

A more comfortable workplace

In an age where driver shortage is hitting hard, providing more pleasant surroundings can attract new talent. Both trucks offer plenty of space for drivers to  work more efficiently. Optional automatic transmission makes driving easier, while effective air-con and low interior noise contribute to a superior in-cab experience.

Cab impact protection

It goes without saying that all UD trucks are developed to the highest safety standards. Cab impact protection on both Quester and Croner is designed to meet Japanese requirements of a flat barrier impact at 40 km/hr. Various features such as reinforced door panels and impact absorbing steering wheel and column ensure protection in the event of a collision, while three point seat belts with reminder are standard.

Unrivalled visibility

All waste management cabs provide excellent all-round visibility with large glass areas and strategically placed mirrors. Effective and protected headlights are positioned on the bumper of each truck, while there is also the option of fog lamps.

Braking & Handling

When start stopping is central to operations, smooth and clean braking is a must. ABS is standard in both trucks, with an electronic braking distribution feature that improves braking on all surfaces. Full S-cam air brakes are super-durable for constant use. Lastly,  a front stabilizer increases stability when cornering at higher speeds.

In-built safety for you

A host of in-built safety features include an optional retarder, which helps maintain safe speed on downhills. An anti spill fuel filling device ensures no lost fuel, and a standard battery isolator protects the battery when parked for longer periods. There is also a road speed limiter, which reduces the chance of accidents when travelling at higher speeds.

Front and rear underrun protection

All variants of Quester and Croner are available with Front Under run Protection System (FUPS) and rear under run protection as options.These provide effective protection for other vehicles and road users.

Guaranteed reliability

The best of three worlds. A rich Japanese heritage. Global sourcing of the highest quality components. And developed with the full global resources of the Volvo Group. Meaning reliability and durability guaranteed.

Longer service life

UD trucks make sense as a long-term business investment. Why? Well, with the Quester and Croner in your fleet, you can look forward to a profitable life-cycle right through to the point of trade in. Both trucks feature reliable engines combined with a first class selection of globally proven drivetrain components. Furthermore, a strong, durable rolling form frame twinned with effective cab, axle and bogie suspension helps to reduce load and manages stresses on the chassis frame, ensuring a long life.

Tried and tested durability

The Quester features optional hub-reduction of rear axles. This increases durability and service life in tough operating conditions. The availability of Allison automatic transmission is also a huge plus when repeated assignments demand constant stop-starting, which would normally result in wear and tear. Moreover, both trucks feature gearboxes that are higher than the maximum rated engine torque, further improving durability.

Genuine parts make the difference

UD Trucks’ genuine parts maintain high quality throughout a vehicle’s life-cycle. Our genuine parts are widely available throughout our markets, meaning access to quality controlled durable parts with warranty is yours whenever needed.

Bespoke service planning

We’d rather not see you too often. By this we mean that, with longer service intervals, you won’t have to visit our workshops and instead get the most out of your fleet. Our optimized service planning uses telematics, which helps us monitor and plan any maintenance remotely. It also lets us customise service schedules for your specific application.

Quester and Croner models suitable for Waste Management

Croner LKE

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Axle Configuration


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GVW 12 - 14Ton

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6-speed MT; 6-speed AT

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180 - 240HP

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750; 825; 900

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Braking System

Full air brake system; Automatic slack adjuster; ABS optional; Spring-based parking brakes; Exhaust brake system

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Emission Control System (ECS)

Euro 3; Euro 4

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Cargo; Tipper

A sustainable partnership

No matter the assignment, waste management demands the best support network possible. UD Extra Mile Support keeps your trucks working for you.
Every hour, day or night.

Three levels of service care are available: UD Trust Standard, UD Trust Extra and UD Trust Ultimate. With these three levels, full transparency, no surprises with unplanned repair expenses and less administration are guaranteed.

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Service planning for peak performance. You need your vehicles on the road. That’s why our detailed, free-of-charge service planning helps to reduce workshop visits, optimize service intervals for maximum uptime, and lessen any maintenance needed. Together we can keep your trucks running at peak performance.

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Expert Story

Maruyama Mikito, Senior Product Manager UD Trucks MEENA talks about what the Quester and Croner bring to waste management assignments.

“Given the current market situation for our customers, both Quester and Croner are perfectly suited to this environment.”

Can you begin by identifying any current trends within waste management?

Our customers are under major cost pressure to get their contracts renewed for bigger areas with much tighter budgets. This forces them to look at any possible ways of reducing costs without compromising on the uptime and availability of their truck. Waste management is a very demanding and severe application, as some of the trucks operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The trucks are used for the cleaning of residential areas and hence cannot stop working.

What do you see being most important to provide for your customers?

We offer the simple features that are needed by our customers without making them pay for features that they do not need . In this way we can say that we excel on the essentials.
Longer service intervals are very important to our customers who are looking to maximize their uptime. With strong support from local partners, we offer driver and technician trainings, service contracts and other support.

Which UD trucks are most important and relevant to the waste management sector?
A variety of applications are used in our markets, such as compactors, vacuum and water tankers, bin washers, hook lifts, skip loaders, road sweepers and tipper trucks. Quester and Croner are our top two. Both trucks offer durability, reliability, easy body installation, fuel efficiency and versatility.
Both trucks offer durability, reliability, easy body installation, fuel efficiency and versatility.

Customer Success Story

  • Clayton Fischer is Senior Transport Controller at SA Metal Group, South Africa’s oldest metal recycling company. 
    He talked to us about what qualities he and his company look for in a vehicle, and why the Quester represents an ideal transport solution. 

    “It is the complete package and everything we needed for this job”. 

    Watch the video on UD Trucks’ YouTube channel.