Volvo FM410 6x2 rigid gives Loch Shiel greater range

FM410 6x2 rigid

Loch Shiel Garage of Acharacle, Argyll, has taken delivery of a high specification Volvo FM410 6x2 rigid recovery truck with bodywork fitted by Dave Bland Engineering, replacing its MAN TGX 6x2.

Powered by Volvo’s D11K engine, the FM has been specified with a 12-speed I-Shift automatic gearbox and a Globetrotter cab for long distance operations. It also has a 6m wheelbase to accommodate the four-car recovery bodywork.

Other features include work lockers, airlines and tow balls, and work, strobe and marker lights.

“We have traditionally used crew cabs in the past, but my brother John and I decided we needed a proper sleeper cab this time, hence our choice of the FM Globetrotter,” notes Andrew Cameron, joint MD at Loch Shiel Garage.

Cameron also said: “The FM’s driver is a Volvo man and he had input in the specification process. Inside, we opted for full leather trims, a fridge and a microwave oven as the new truck will be frequently used for long distance jobs and it’s receiving positive feedback.”

The 12-tonne recovery bodywork offers a maximum carrying capability of four cars, with a 30ft platform complemented by a 2.5-tonne capacity top deck. Also included is a 4-tonne spectacle lift and 48in rear power out ramps. The gearbox drives a PTO and supplies power to a 14-tonne remote-controlled hydraulic winch.

Cameron added: “We have a full hire and reward operator’s licence for third party haulage work, so when it’s not carrying cars the Volvo will be used for shifting plant or machinery and anything else that will legally fit on the back; just like the shepherd’s hut we moved recently!”

The Scotland-based firm carry out maintenance every six weeks, while the truck is on a five-year service contract and undergoes routine inspections at the Inverness dealership. 

2014 (64-plate) Mercedes-Benz Actros 2448 6x2 - Used Truck of the Day

Actros 6x2

This 64-plate Mercedes-Benz Actros 2448 6x2 tractor, complete with mini mid-lift axle, is our used truck of the day.

Available from City West Commercials, this Euro-6 truck is ULEZ compliant. The 480hp-rated engine is matched to Mercedes’ PowerShift 3 automatic gearbox.

External features include a set of Alcoa alloy wheel, lead-up ramps, chassis infill and a roof beacon.

The Actros is fitted with a StreamSpace cab with the Homeline interior, a single bunk and an underbunk fridge. The interior benefits from having a completely flat floor. 

On sale now for £28,995, this example has 525,000km on the clock, and is under an M-B repair & maintenance contract.