Russell Stone Merchants buys its first ever Volvo truck

Russell Stone Merchants has taken delivery of its first ever Volvo truck.

The Bradford-based business has chosen a new crane-equipped 4x2 Volvo FL rigid with lightweight dropside bodywork by Micra Truck Bodies. Plated at 18-tonnes it will be used to help keep up with growing demand for stone in the building sector.

“We had our old truck for 12 years and it never let us down, but there’s no doubt this is a step up,” said Paul Jackson, technical director at Russell Stone Merchants.

“As it’s our only truck, it was absolutely vital we got the decision right. We looked closely at four different manufacturers and did our research. The overriding feedback was that Volvo was the best product and could give us the mileage and payload we needed to do the job.”

Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus, the FL was specified with a 250hp engine and 6-speed I-Sync automated transmission. It also has an Atlas 105.2 crane and Volvo’s Drive Package, which includes air conditioning, cruise control, an electric roof. hatch and roof-mounted amber beacons.

“We go up as far as Berwick maybe once every couple of weeks, but the majority of the work is closer to home,” continued Jackson. “Business is very busy at the moment and most days the truck will go out at its full capacity. We put the crane on the back of the truck, which gives us a bit more length to get the pallets on, and we specified a lightweight body, to maximise payload potential.”

Tuffnells places large order for new SDC trailers

Parcel company Tuffnells has placed a massive order for SDC boxvan and curtainsider trailers.

A total of 220 new SDC trailers have been supplied through rental and lease provider TIP Trailer Services, with more than half of the new trailer fleet already operational.  

Tuffnells operates a fleet of more than 1,110 vehicles from 33 depots across the country and has chosen the new trailers from SDC in order to improve efficiency, safety and security of its loads.

SDC’s group president Paul Bratton said: “Our focus at SDC is to provide the highest quality trailer solutions designed to enhance our customer’s business operations. We have a long-standing relationship with both Tuffnells and TIP, and this has helped us to obtain an excellent understanding of their transport needs.”

Tuffnells services director Simon Parsons added: “We are extremely pleased with the roll-out of our fleet renewal program, which will undoubtedly strengthen Tuffnells’ service. TIP has made the whole process very straightforward and the quality of SDC’s product is second to none, providing greater flexibility and more efficiency in our operations for many years to come.”