Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North and Scotland has supplied recycling and logistics specialist William Waugh (Edinburgh) with an 8x4 FM Tridem.
The truck, powered by the D13K engine that produces 460hp, features a Globetrotter sleeper cab and a Logan Inglis Multilift XR24S hook loader body, which can be used with skip, flatbed or curtain-sided bodies.
An I-Shift 12-speed automated manual transmission system drives the tandem drive axles and the hydraulically-steered rear tag axle provides an improved turning circle. Earlier this year the company took delivery of eight Volvo FH 500 Globetrotter tractor units.
Alan Waugh, MD at the family-owned and operated Pall-Ex network member that was founded in 1858, said: “The FM provides maximum vehicle utilisation across our metal and waste recycling works, in addition to its potential on multi drop collections or deliveries for our logistics operations.
“I researched a standard 8x4 rigid chassis’ capabilities against a Tridem and decided on the latter with a 9-tonne front axle. That specification ticks all the boxes for our weight critical operations and a 3.9m wheelbase with a steered rear tag delivers the required manoeuvrability.
“Our drivers have the Dynafleet app on their mobile phones and there is healthy competition to see who is returning the best mpg figures.”
Waugh also said the high roof Globetrotter option gives better driver comfort levels and increased external panel space to incorporate some special 160th anniversary branding.
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