Woodland goes 30-plus with Hireco

Woodland Logistics has rented 25 curtainsiders and six flatbed trailers from Hireco – two of its largest ever such contracts.

The trailers, which will be used as part of the company’s packaging and building transport business, were supplied with a full management package, comprising maintenance and tyres.

Woodland operates more than 270 vehicles and had previously used Hireco for ad hoc trailer hire (it initially ordered three trailers in 2016). The firm said it opted for rental due to its speed and flexibility, noting the strong demand for logistics early on in the pandemic and a more recent rebound in the building trade.  

“The challenges posed in the early part of 2020 made it clear that we needed a business to partner with that was flexible and could move and adapt with us quickly,” said MD Sean Kirby.

“2020 has been one of the toughest years in my time in logistics, especially with the new challenges of managing a work force now based at home as well as managing a fleet of vehicles and drivers.”

FUSO tippers scratch the surface

UK Surfacings has taken delivery of two FUSO Canters, replacing six-year-old versions of the same models.

The 7.5- and 8.55-tonne trucks were supplied by City West Commercials, which bought the outgoing pair as part-exchanges, and bodies were supplied and fitted by Euromotive.

Both vehicles are fitted with 3-litre diesel engines – the former a 150hp unit and the latter 175hp – and the manufacturer’s 6-speed Duonic automated dual-clutch transmission.

They are used to carry broken Tarmac and other spoil away from sites, deliver fresh material from the plant and tow pedestrian rollers and hydraulic breaker machines.

“The [175hp] 9C18 will carry just shy of 4.5 tonnes of Tarmac, while the [150hp] 7C15 takes about a tonne less,” said operations director Tony McVea, “residential driveways often require 8 tonnes of material, so we’re probably sending both trucks to the same jobs a couple of times a week.

“If we were using other vehicles that carry significantly less, we’d have to make more journeys and, as a result, incur increased fuel costs while also producing more emissions.

 “The Canter is also that bit smaller than most of its competitors and has a brilliant turning circle. These are big advantages when we’re working on estates or in other areas with restricted access.”