MK Plant Transport takes on new Volvo FH16 650 8x4 tractor

Commercial Motor
July 17, 2019

MK Plant Transport has put a new Volvo FH16 650 8x4 tractor unit into service.

The tag Tridem unit is fitted with the I-Shift Crawler gearbox, which includes the ultra-low ratio forward and reverse gears.

Nick Malpus, owner at MK Plant Transport, said: “Our current 150-tonne FH is a popular vehicle with our customers, and is constantly in demand, so the new 170-tonne FH16 650 will easily take the strain. The new truck had people talking, even before it was put on the road.”

Other features of the kryptonite green flagship include a Jost 38C sliding fifth wheel, retarder and an 860-litre factory fuel tank fitted behind the cab.

Before arrival, Burrow Fabrications added aftermarket accessories to the FH including custom toolboxes, chassis side skirts and in-fills, extra lights and a catwalk, in addition to colour-coded paintwork for several panels and components.

The Globetrotter cab is kitted out with Volvo’s Drive Plus Packages and, in addition to heated leather seats, it also has a captain’s passenger seat. Other creature comforts include a microwave, fridge and TV preparation.

Malpus added: “We are looking to order a new trailer in 2019 and we’ve streamlined the fleet back to four Volvo FH tractor units, which are supported by two pick-up trucks hauling plant trailers. The latter vehicles are creating new income streams. However, I can say we’ve had no problems with our Volvo trucks. Our drivers love them.”

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