Witch Group turf out other makes in favour of new Renault C430

George Barrow
January 18, 2022

Witch Group, specialists in artificial grass and decking, has added a Renault Trucks C430 P8x2/6 to its 8-strong fleet.

Supplied by JDS Truck and Van, the C430 has a bespoke 8x2/6 chassis with a 9.1m curtainsider body and was purchased based on the company’s previous experience with a Renault Premium 26-tonner and its impressive fuel returns.

The body also has a fall arrest and special side retainers allow the vehicle to carry decking, astro turf and carpets.

John Carrol, transport manager, said: “The Premium is an all-rounder and gave us great insight into the capability and suitability of Renault trucks for our particular operation. It gets into both large and small spaces and, quite frankly, is remarkable on fuel; we are getting impressive high 10s and early 11s mpg and excellent aftercare experience from JDS. So, when we were looking for our latest vehicle, we had every reason to go back to Renault Trucks.”

The new C430 has been adapted to a 8x2/6 with a single reduction gear solo drive axle conversion, an Optidriver direct drive gearbox, a single reduction drive axle, a steered 7.5t rear lift axle positioned to the rear of the drive axle as well as rear air suspension.

“The work we do is specialist and I had some specific requirements for this vehicle. I sat down with Peter Wilson at JDS and together we came up with a bespoke truck that was perfect for our particular needs,” Carroll added.

The C430 comes with uprated front twin axle which Carroll says it to “accommodate the weight of the products and to safely put more pallets at the front of the vehicle”.

He added: “A sliding pillar was incorporated into the design to hold decking pallets safely and a winch was fitted to enable us to pull out bigger rolls of artificial grass. It’s fantastic, brilliant on fuel, comfortable to drive and gets admiring looks from our customers. It’s a different animal all together and, hands down, it’s the best vehicle on our fleet!”

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George Barrow

George has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years and is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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