Keltbray Group takes delivery of 14 Volvo FMX tippers
Keltbray Group, has added 14 new Volvo FMX410 8x4 rigids to its fleet of 85, with four new FH tractor units expected at the end of June.
Supplied by Tim Atkins, sales manager at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London, 13 of the FMX feature day cabs, Boweld steel tipper bodies, 12-speed I-Shift gearboxes, raised chassis height and a lower door window. The 14th is a skip-loader, and has HYVA hook-lift gear.
“The 14 FMXs are our first Volvo Trucks and we’ve another four FH tractor units on order, in addition to one FM. Prior to ordering, we made good use of a Volvo demonstration vehicle and six of our drivers each took it out for a half day. Their feedback was extremely positive” said Terry Good, head of haulage operations at Kelbray.
FORS-Gold accredited for the last seven years, Keltbray Group has opted for additional lower passenger door glazing, side under-run panels, and camera and side scan systems.
Good added: “The vehicle ordering and delivery process with Tim Atkins was spot on. It’s early days yet but the FMXs are performing well and our anticipated vehicle retention period is five years. Working in London means the vehicles will only average around 60,000 miles per year and the Euro-6 Volvos also meet all the required FORS noise assessments.”
Tippers 'R' Us replaces its entire Volvo fleet with Scanias
Ipswich-based Tippers ‘R’ Us has replaced its entire Volvo fleet with 35 new Scanias, including 25 P410 XT Boweld-bodied tippers.
“We have been so impressed with Scania’s aftersales,” said group transport manager Claire Mortimer. “If I ring them, I know that within 30 seconds they will have it sorted.”
She has also been pleasantly surprised with the new trucks’ fuel consumption figures.
“The Volvos were pulling in high 5s and low 6s, while the Scanias are doing high 7s and even low 9s, which is a massive difference across a fleet of 35 vehicles,” she said. “And we are not talking about tramping. These trucks are working within a 50-mile radius of here, with a lot of stopping and starting.”
The new trucks will remain on the Tippers ‘R” Us fleet for between 12 and 18 months, before either being sold or rented through sister company Trucks ‘R’ Us.