Tom Grant Plant takes delivery of a pair of Volvo FMX tipper grabs

Will Shiers
November 1, 2022

MV Commercial has supplied Ayrshire-based Tom Grant Plant with a pair of tipper grabs to its fleet.

The company, which provides plant hire, operated plant equipment and transport hire services throughout the county, Glasgow and the surrounding areas, opted for Volvo FMX 420 8x4 tippers, with Thompson of Carlow bodies and Palfinger Epsilon cranes. They have been equipped with a four-way camera systems, additional lights and flashing beacons.

Tom Grant Plant traditionally ran its fleet in a blue livery, until a few years ago when it bought a pink Scania P-series as part of a campaign to raise money for Breast Cancer Now. On account of the attention it received, it later added a pink excavator. With this in mind, the decision was made to paint one of the new Volvos blue, and the other pink.

“It’s a bit of gimmick but it’s worked well for us and raised money for a great cause,” said Tom Grant Plant transport manager Andy Glover. “The blue tipper grab is working on a utilities contract, while the pink one is causing a bit of a stir doing more private work, such as moving materials for gardens and driveways. It’s grabbing attention wherever it goes and is definitely generating more business for us. We get phone calls from people who have spotted the pink vehicle asking if they can use it for various projects.”

Commenting on MV Commercial, which Tom Grant Plant already had an established relationship with, Glover said: “MV has always done a great job for us. The pricing was competitive, and it was able to supply the tipper grabs we needed much quicker than anyone else.”

These are the first Volvos the company has operated in the 18 years it has been in business, and they join a mixed fleet of vehicles, including 140 excavators, tippers, road sweepers and low-loaders. They are expected to cover 90,000km per annum.

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Will Shiers

Will Shiers has held an HGV licence since the age of 21, and has been writing about commercial vehicles for the past 25 years. He started his career as technical editor on Motor Transport, before taking on the editorship of Truck & Driver. Since 2011 he has been the editor of industry leading weekly publication Commercial Motor. Will is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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