CJ Sheeran’s first time lucky with Volvo

Timber firm CJ Sheeran has taken delivery of six Volvo FH 460 4x2 tractor units – its first ever new trucks, 

Supplied by Irish Commercials via a contract hire deal from Volvo Financial Services, each is fitted with 460hp D13K engine, a 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox and a Globetrotter cab.

They will work double shifts, six days a week, and are expected to cover around 100,000km per year delivering timber and pallets throughout Ireland.

The vehicles were also issued with the manufacturer’s Gold Contract repair and maintenance cover and will issue data via its Dynafleet fleet management system.

“It was a fairly simple choice in the end – Volvo offered the best fuel figures with a truck our drivers loved,” said CJ’s managing director, Mark Sheeran.

“Our fleet is moving towards Volvo in totality, thus keeping our 80 curtainsider trailers on the move effectively and efficiently. These are the first new trucks we have had, and we are really looking forward to seeing the results they can achieve for us.”

Bespoke Andover unit for Southern

Rental specialist Southern Plant and Tool Hire has taken delivery of a 32-tonne 8x2 Scania chassis delivery vehicle, fitted with a bespoke plant body by Andover Trailers.

It includes a low-profile deck with eight lashing points and four pairs of five-tonne D-rings, full working at height system, a six-tonne electric winch and a double crank beavertail, itself connected to a pair of 2.8-metre hydraulic toe ramps, which feature the trailer manufacturer’s fold-forward design, said to reduce drag and improve fuel economy.

Based at the company’s Henley-on-Thames site, the truck will be in operation five days a week to deliver excavators, telehandlers, dumpers and other plant to sites in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

It replaces an outgoing Andover-bodied vehicle and is Southern’s sixth purchase from the firm, including a second 32-tonne Scania and a similar 26-tonne model currently in operation.

“Our first Andover order was based on the mountain of positive reviews we’d had about their bodies; once we’d got the first one into service, we’ve never looked back,” said Southern’s commercial director, Vince Rose.

“We work our vehicles pretty hard and look to replace them every eight years or so – though the bodies on the back could easily last another eight and more.”