North Wales tipper operator, OJ Jones, has purchased the UK’s first I-Shift Dual Clutch equipped Volvo FM rigid.
Supplied by Dave Hill, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials, it features a D13K engine that produces 460hp. The PTO equipped, I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox has enhanced software for on road application, while the single reduction drive axles have a ratio of 3.78:1.
OJ Jones opted for a 5.1m wheelbase on the extra high FM chassis along with Volvo’s lightweight two spring parabolic B ride suspension. The Globetrotter cab includes a one bed resting package and there are also Alcoa Dura-Bright polished alloy wheels.
Dewi Jones, Managing Director at OJ Jones said: “We always specify Volvo’s 13 litre engine with a 460hp output for our new FM eight wheelers. The surrounding hilly terrain is very demanding on trucks. Our fleet regularly works out of several quarries and there are some steep gradients to climb when fully loaded.
“The new FM I-Shift Dual Clutch was specified with a Wilcox tipper body and Binotto hydraulics. We get a 19.5 tonne payload figure with the Volvo, which is completely suitable for our operations.
“Dave Hill at Thomas Hardie Commercials suggested we try this unique transmission system and the truck was allocated to Raymond (Roberts), who is our longest serving driver with an impressive 32 years service here. He loves the I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox”