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Antos rigids for Selwood

Hampshire-based Pump solutions specialist Selwood has added five new Mercedes trucks to its fleet, and they are the first acquired from South Wales Dealer Euro Commercials.

Selwood provides general plant hire and sales services. It operates from headquarters in Eastleigh, and a network of depots nationwide. It runs 54 trucks, of which 33 are fitted with Palfinger cranes – most are 26-tonners, although the line-up includes ten 18-tonners.

The new trucks are all Antos models with ClassicSpace day cabs. The two 6×2 Antos 2530s are powered by 299hp engines, while the three 4×2 1824s use the 238hp versions of the same high-torque, 7.7-litre straight-six engine. The Mercedes PowerShift automated transmissions contribute to the trucks’ impressive fuel economy.

Their platform bodies are supplied by Bury-based PPS Commercials, and feature hydraulically-operated side safety walkways and fall-arrest systems. TH White, of Devizes, supplied and installed their radio remote-controlled cranes.

Selwood holds Silver multi-operating centre accreditation (MOCA) from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) – its new trucks feature blind-spot minimisation equipment, cyclist sensors and left-turn alarms that meet the requirements of FORS and the Construction Logistics & Community Safety Scheme (CLOCS).

Selwood Transport Manager Paul Green said: “We’ve been running Mercedes trucks for more than 17 years. Not only have they proved to be supremely reliable and cost-effective to operate, but we also benefit from the outstanding support of the manufacturer’s franchised network.

“The overnight servicing which dealers provide is essential in enabling us to maximise vehicle uptime and thereby ensure that our customers continue to benefit from a seamless service.”