8x4 DAF CF joins Jackson's Recovery

Jackson’s Recovery has added a new DAF CF 530 to its fleet to work alongside a 17-year old DAF CF 85.430 wrecker.

The new 8x4 has been specified with a 16-speed manual gearbox which the Wigton-based company believes is “ideal for recovery work”. The 80-tonne CF is based on DAF’s FAD 8x4 axle configuration with final-drive gearing chosen to optimise efficiency on its extensive motorway work.

Jackson’s Recovery has also opted for a nine-tonne front axle with air suspension, 13-tonne HR1670T hub-reduction rear axles and has a CF sleeper cab and Alcoa Dura Bright alloy wheels. The body is a Recoverer Trident body from Boniface Engineering, and has Sidewinder XP legs fitted with two 13.0-tonne winches. There’s also specialist low-height coupling gear from VDZ and a 45-tonne boom and 33-tonne capacity under-lift with Maxireach K Boom.

Supplied by Solway DAF in Carlisle, the £350,000 unit will work alongside the 53-plate CF 85.430 6x2 which is still on the road with 250,000km on the clock.

“The new CF 530 is a big investment but, if it’s as reliable as the old 6x2 DAF, it’ll be good for 20-years. We opted for a manual ‘box – we know it’s a little old fashioned but it’s still ideal for recovery work, and DAF is one of only a few manufacturers to offer a manual option. We really like our old 6x2 CF 85.430. 17-years-old and super reliable. It’s only needed one new turbo and it’s still on its original engine, clutch and gearbox, and it’s out there every day earning money,” explained Ross Sinclair, a member of the Jackson family involved in the business.

Two new generation MAN TGXs for Wreford’s Transport

Wreford’s Transport has added a pair of new generation MAN TGX 26.510 6x2 tractors to its 75-strong fleet.

Featuring GX cabs, the D26-powered newcomers were chosen on the strength of the good performance of the previous generation TGXs on the Northampton-based haulier’s fleet.

“At the beginning of 2019 we took a seed demonstrator vehicle, a MAN TGX 26.460 XLX 6x2 tractor, which performed very well indeed, it’s proven to be a sound workhorse, it’s good on fuel and the drivers like it, and, it continues to impress us,” explained Andy Wreford, director Wreford’s Transport. “Because of these convincing factors we purchased 10 other new MAN’s, a mixture of both tractors and rigids in 2020. If these new generation TGX’s are as good as we both hear and have seen, we’re looking at great things.” 

The trucks, which were purchased outright, came as standard with two-year R&M Relax packages. This covers bulbs, oils, top-ups, PMI’s, MoT’s and brake re-lines. The work will be carried out by supplying dealer MAN Truck & Bus Northampton.

“As a company we pride ourselves in offering high levels of customer service and this is where the new MAN trucks will feature,” said Wreford. “They will cover a lot of miles over the next five years, however from what we’ve seen we’re confident that they will fly the Wreford’s Transport flag with pride.”