Currently commencing its 150th year in business, John Mackirdy of Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute, is reporting first class performance levels from a new Volvo FM11.410 rigid engaged in animal feed deliveries.
Managing Director John Mackirdy said: “Our latest Volvo FM rigid went into service last October. It has proved totally reliable and very good on fuel too. It is returning over 8.6mpg on challenging island roads, carrying out farm deliveries. The new truck is proving more economical than the previous vehicle.”
Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the 5.6m wheelbase 8×4 FM is powered by a 410hp D11K engine. The I-Shift gearbox drives tandem single reduction axles with a final drive ratio of 3.09:1.
John adds: “The I-Shift gearbox has been a revelation. I picked the truck up from bodybuilders Muldoon in Dungannon, County Tyrone and then drove it home empty. During that run I was perhaps a little nonplussed about the gearbox, until I drove the FM fully loaded. Then the I-Shift’s performance was exceptional and I was amazed at how well set up the system is.”
The all-round steel suspension chassis is fitted with a four compartment Muldoon tipping body, equipped with bulk blowing equipment for animal feed deliveries.
The truck has a payload of 18 tonnes and was ordered with a Globetrotter Cab featuring a single bunk. The truck will be serviced at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland’s Glasgow West dealerpoint, whilst its six weekly inspections will be carried out in-house at Mackirdy’s workshop.
John continues: “We intend to retain the FM for ten years, it’s just too good to sell after five. It will complement our pair of tri-axle bulk artic trailers that are used on animal feed deliveries for several Scottish islands. We collect the feedstuffs from mainland producers or King George VI docks in Glasgow and then distribute as required.
“We’ve used Volvos since 1974, when my Father took delivery of a F86 4×2 tractor unit. We still have a 20-year-old Volvo FLC 7.5 tonner on the fleet for local deliveries.
Still family owned and operated.
The firm is now managed by fourth generation, John Mackirdy with his wife, Elaine and son, Jack. All three are HGV licence holders and regularly drive vehicles to maintain face-to-face contact with the company’s varied customer base.