Bulk haulage specialist R Adams and Sons has taken delivery of one of the UK’s first reduced height Mercedes-Benz Arocs 8-wheelers.
The Arocs 3240, supplied by Midlands Truck and Van, carries out muckaway work and features a 394hp, 10.7-litre OM 470 LA straight-six engine. It has a ClassicSpace M-cab, is fitted with a steel Boweld tipping body and offers a payload capacity of 19,400 kg.
Customers for the 8x4 Arocs construction chassis have previously chosen between cabs with flat floors or 170mm tunnels. The new variant with a 320mm tunnel sits 6in lower than its established stablemate with a 170mm tunnel, which makes life easier for the driver to climb up into or down from the cab.
Dealer Midlands Truck and Van will inspect and service the vehicle under an R&M contract at its Coventry workshop. Mark Adams, director at R Adams and Son, based in Henley in Arden, south of Birmingham, said: “The 8x4 Arocs we’d looked at previously were just too high for our tastes.
“This new model is ideal though. There’s still plenty of ground clearance too. The front end sank on one job and if it was a normal lorry I’d have lost the front bumper. But the Arocs came out, no problem. I really can’t find fault with what is just a great all-round truck, which explains why I was straight on to the dealer to order a second.”
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