Fielden Factors adds larger trucks to fleet to help cut costs

Matthew Macconnell
April 28, 2023

A Lancashire builders merchant has added six new brick grab trucks onto its fleet as it aims to reduce costs and maximise payload.

As part of Fielden Factors fleet renewal from MV Commercials, three 26-tonne rear steer DAF CFs were ordered alongside three 18-tonne DAF LFs with the expectation that the new vehicles will lower running costs and be more productive.

The trucks join five other vehicles delivering timber, building materials and landscaping products from the Rossendale, Todmorden and Wigan depots to customers in north west England. The new units have been purchase in preparation for Manchester’s clean air zone introduction.

The new 18-tonners are DAF LF 290 4x2 with Hiab X Hiduo 118 B-2 cranes while the 26-tonne trucks are DAF CF 320 6x2 units with front-mounted Hiab 158 B-2 cranes. Two of the larger brick grabs have also been specified with shortened wheelbases to assist in rough terrain work.

Tom Whitehead, Fielden Factors MD, said: ““These modern and well-equipped vehicles are ideal for transporting building materials to our customers. The front-mounted crane on the DAF CF 320 is an excellent adaptation from MV Commercial that gives us a different option for moving the diverse range of materials we now offer.”

“We’ve invested in the brick grabs to grow our services. Adding 26-tonne vehicles to our fleet allows us to operate a higher payload than some of the units we had previously and enables us to be more cost-efficient in our operations,” Whitehead added.

DAF Trucks will be exhibiting at this year’s Road Transport Expo, which takes place at Stoneleigh NAEC on June 28-30. It’s FREE to attend, and registrations are now open.

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