Somerset-based aggregates and sand supply specialist RH & AJ Bateman has taken delivery of the UK’s first Renault Trucks’ Range C Tridem 8x4 tipper. The 32-tonne Range C460, supplied by Renault Trucks South West, has an Aliweld insulated tipper body and a factory-fitted extra axle adaption.
This gives it the manoeuvrability of a six-wheeler, but with the load capacity of an eight-wheeler. The Tridem, with lifting and steering rear axle, will be used for a mix of traditional six and eight-wheeler work, delivering sand and aggregates to customers in the South West.
Director Russell Bateman said: “The Tridem gives us extra load capacity, which helps with the profitability of our business and, crucially, it gives us better manoeuvrability and accessibility into more challenging places where an eight-wheeler would usually struggle - for example, accessing equestrian arenas at the back of properties.
"The Tridem was a bit of an experiment for us as we’ve previously had a drawbar, but it’s already been used for everything and been everywhere. It’s performed really well and overall we’ve been really happy with the investment.”