Building and materials supplier Tippers of Lichfield, has taken delivery of its first new Volvo trucks in 20 years – two FE rigids supplied by Dan Byworth, Truck Sales Executive at Hartshorne Motor Services.
The 18-tonne FE comes with a Volvo D8K engine producing 250hp and a 12-speed I-Shift gearbox with ‘Distribution and Construction’ software package while the larger 26-tonne FE is also powered by a Volvo D8K engine but producing 320hp, also with I-Shift gearbox, nine-tonne front axle and electro-hydraulically steered tag axle. Both are equipped with remote control, Hiab brick grab cranes and platform dropside bodies by Fred Smith & Sons, as well as an air-driven mechanism to raise the rear spray suppressing mud flaps.
Bill Tipper, Director said: “We used to have Volvo trucks around two decades ago and recently put a 26-tonne Volvo FE rigid demonstrator through its paces. The trial went very well and we particularly liked the vehicle performance and safety standards.
“The cranes are both fully remote control operated and both truck bodies have galvanised dropside frames that incorporate vinyl signage panels. This pre-empts expensive repairs should any forklift damage occur during loading or unloading, as a vinyl sign is much more economical to repair than a steel body panel.”