Steward goes for gold with new Volvo FH

Steward Transport

Steward Transport has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

The specially liveried gold FH 540 was supplied by MC Truck & Bus in Maidstone and was part of a nine-vehicle order.

As well as the flagship golden FH, five FH 500 6x2 drawbars with brick-carrying bodies and rear-mounted cranes were also purchased. In addition, three 420hp Volvo FM 8-wheelers with I-Shift transmissions, full
air suspension and specified with additional lower door windows for improved visibility were purchased.

Steward Transport director John Steward said: “Volvo manufactures the best trucks in the market in our opinion and they have now become our single source vehicle. The relationship we have built with Volvo dealer MC Truck & Bus is first class. The sales staff are knowledgeable and helpful at all times, while we enjoy an excellent aftersales service that includes a daily parts delivery.”

Steward Transport runs an all-Volvo fleet with 45 units consisting of tractors, drawbars and 8-wheelers.

Custom SDC trailer just the thing MJ Close & Sons

MJ Close

Durham-based haulier MJ Close & Son has taken delivery of a new SDC tri-axle trailer custom-built to transport straw, crops and timber products.

The drawbar trailer has BPW eco-plus axles and a Haldex braking system. The floor is a 28mm Keruing deck and 12 bespoke posts and sockets have been fitted to contain the load. The 7.6m chassis has an overall length of 9.3m, ideal for MJ Close & Son’s specialist loads that are transported in the north-east, Cumbria and south-west Scotland.

MJ Close director Bryan Close said: “We are delighted with the drawbar trailer from SDC, the quality of finish is superb and we were able to customise the specification to maximise our haulage operations.

“I am confident we have achieved the best working solution for our operations and we aim to replace our entire fleet with SDC trailers in the coming years.”

The trailer is paired with a Scania S500, which Close regularly takes to compete at national truck shows.

The new combination of Scania cab and SDC trailer took first place at the Barnard Castle Truck Show for best combination. A second drawbar trailer has already been ordered from SDC with delivery expected in February next year.