AET Transport Services’ has purchased a Mercedes-Benz eight-wheeler with a rear-mounted, 65 tonne-metre crane – one of the biggest to be fitted at the back end of a UK-registered 32-tonne chassis.
Supplied by south coast Dealer Marshall Truck & Van, the Arocs has a flat-floored BigSpace cab and an advanced, 12.8-litre straight-six engine, which transmits its 350 kW (476 hp) output via a smooth Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission. The truck is additionally equipped to pull a drawbar trailer at a gross train weight of 44 tonnes.
The Arocs 3248LK ENA has been assigned to company’s factory relocations team, who move machinery, plant and other large consignments throughout the UK and Europe for companies such asAirbus, Britax, Rolls-Royce and Sunseeker.
The AET Group, which also comprises AET Andover, Curvin Transport, Dorset Crane Hire, and Eaton Transport divisions, runs a combined fleet of 66 vehicles – 16 are by Mercedes-Benz, all of them Actros tractor units with the sole exception of a 15-tonne Atego.
AET Group Managing Director Andrew Trotter explained: “A rear-mounted crane will always be more appropriate for some jobs, as it allows us to back into the premises and reach further.
“The truck’s rear-steer axle also gives us an excellent turning circle, which is a major advantage on some, difficult to access sites. We talked to another manufacturer which offers a chassis in the same configuration, but came down in favour of the Mercedes-Benz, not least because its axle loadings were better suited to the crane.”
A Palfinger UK team led by Head of Technical & Sales Office Les Drage worked closely on the design of the vehicle with Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ Product Manager Ian Knight, and Steve Trevett, Truck Sales Executive at Marshall Truck & Van.