Mason Bros of Bridgend, recently turned to Truck and Bus Wales and West for the immediate delivery of a Volvo FH-540 6×2 tag axle tractor unit with Globetrotter cab.
The truck, featuring a 3,000mm wheelbase, is powered by the Volvo D13K engine that produces 540hp and has a 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission system, a single reduction drive axle and a Jost JSK37 cast iron, fixed fifth wheel. MD Hywell Mason said: “We’ve a very good Volvo dealer on the doorstep in South West Wales, who delivers an excellent service.
“However, we needed a new truck quickly. Truck and Bus Wales and West in Swansea had a new Volvo FH-540 in stock, which fitted the bill perfectly for us. It’s the first deal we’ve done with them.
“We’ve also taken a three-year Volvo Gold Service Contract with the supplying dealerpoint in Swansea, where the FH-540 will go back for alternate six weekly inspections. Tag axle FH tractor units are very difficult to source in used truck stocks and that chassis configuration offers increased traction and manoeuvrability levels, which are essential in our works.
“We usually retain vehicles for around five years and tag axles also seem to retain higher resale values. Volvo manufactures very good solid trucks. Both my brother and I own classic F16 tractor units and we also use three FMX tippers for our quarry products business.
“Prior to taking on our current construction equipment franchise, we enjoyed a 15-year association with Volvo Construction equipment. So it’s perhaps fair to say we’ve a good working knowledge of the products.”