Orwell Truck & Van has supplied Lincolnshire-based stone and aggregates specialist GS Hughes with 20 Mercedes-Benz Arocs eight-wheelers.
Most of the new trucks are 3240 models with 10.7-litre engines that produce 394hp and have PowerShift automated transmissions. The exception is a 3246 model with a 456hp engine, which has been allocated to driver Ken Wilkinson as a reward for his 27 years of service.
All of them are fitted with steel Taperlite tipping bodies by Boweld, and Edbro front-end rams. GS Hughes, based at a facility on the outskirts of the village of Eagle, near Lincoln, runs quarries in Lincoln and Grantham.
The company also operates waste washing facilities for recycling sand and gravel, and provides muckaway services to construction and civil engineering contractors. Its latest Arocs trucks are the subject of an Agility funding agreement with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
Today, all 42 of its vehicles are Mercedes-Benz. Transport Manager John Barker said: “In the three years since we acquired our first dozen Mercedes-Benz Arocs, this model has proved to be very popular with our drivers and extremely well suited to our kind of work.
“Orwell Truck & Van’s service has also been excellent. We maintain the vehicles in our own workshop but the dealer supports us with regular deliveries of genuine parts, which are keenly priced compared to the competition.”
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