Monk saves weight with three new Volvo FH500

Volvo FH500

Mostyn-based Monk Transport has bought three Volvo FH500 6x2 tractor units specified with the D13K Euro-6 engine, which produes 500hp and 2,500nm of torque.

The engine is paired to a 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission which pushes power through RSS1356 rear axles with a ratio of 2.50:1.

All were specified to include the Swedish manufacturer’s 4.5-tonne Lite pusher-axle to maximise payload potential. The Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels also help reduce the kerb weight.

James Monk, who runs the company with his brother Philip, said: “Volvo’s lightweight specification drops the kerb weight by half-a tonne reducing the number of trips the truck has to make.”

These new Volvos are the lightest on his fleet yet they can pull a payload of 29 tonnes over the course of 140,000km per year, completing two trips each day, “so a journey is saved every six weeks.”

Monk chose Globetrotter cabs for his new tractors: “It’s extremely important for us to attract the best drivers in what is a difficult marketplace. To do this we opt for Volvo trucks featuring the highest level of driver comfort including leather seats, touch screen navigation, microwave ovens, and televisions.”

Monk concluded: “When you combine this with the legendary driveability of the Volvo we feel it’s a stunning combination and the drivers’ incredibly positive feedback is testament of this.”  

Eternal Lawns swaps vans for DAF LF260s

Eternal Lawns' DAF 260

Eternal Lawns has traded in its 3.5-tonne vans for a pair of 18-tonne DAF LF260 hook-loaders, which should make its operations more cost effective.

The new DAFs can carry a 9-tonne payload which suits the company’s projects. Both are fitted with a Harsh HH10 hook-loader system and a 4.1m Doncaster Steel Fabrication tipper body.

Working within an hour of Eternal Lawns’ base in Morley, Leeds, its previous workforce consisted of 3.5-tonne crew-cab and tipper-bodies vans with a payload of 1-tonne.

Owner and managing director of Eternal Lawns, Lee Grayshon said: “Our staff were spending a huge amount of time driving them to and from sites rather than actually working at them. It was obvious that we had to switch that ratio around and in doing that we took the opportunity to devise a truck that would be right for our needs.”

The driver’s prefer the DAFs too, the 3.45m wheelbase allowing for the same agility achieved by the vans while offering an improved working environment via the larger cab as well as improved visibility.

Grayshon added: “These trucks have been built bespoke for our job and will massively improve our productivity. In their first week on the road they’ve already started to transform the way we do things”