A series of glowing press reports and an intensive week behind the wheel of a demonstrator was enough to persuade bulk excavation specialist Brocks Haulage to take on nine 32-tonne Iveco Stralis X-Way tippers, each specified for off-road missions. Each is powered by Iveco’s 420hp Cursor 11 engine.

One of the Purfleet firm’s most experienced drivers was given the job of testing the vehicle, and he was quick to give it his seal of approval.

Operations Director Anthony Brown, says: “We needed to replace our older vehicles ahead of upcoming emissions regulations and read a lot of good write-ups in trade magazines about the Stralis X-Way. This led to us taking on a demonstrator and our driver, who has driven a variety of different tippers over his 20-year employment with us, was very impressed.

“We’re now putting all nine through their paces and performance both on and off-road has been excellent. We’ve used other manufacturers in the past, but the Stralis X-Way is now a major consideration for our future replacements.”

The 8×4 rigids have been mounted with Boweld bodywork and join the company’s 55-strong fleet, having been delivered within just eight weeks of the customer placing the order. They will be used on excavation contracts and construction sites in London and across the south east of England, transporting excavated inert and contaminated material, concrete, tarmac and delivering recycled and primary aggregates.

Brocks Haulage selected Iveco’s ‘OFF’ chassis setup, to give them the ability to tackle terrain with an approach angle greater than 25 degrees for the best performance when collecting and delivering off-road. Alongside ON and ON+, it is one of three chassis setups available across the Stralis X-Way range, ensuring these new vehicles can tackle off-road terrain whilst benefiting from lower maintenance and repair costs than dedicated off-road vehicles.

Off-road missions are also tackled with ease thanks to Iveco’s new Hi-Traction system, which provides additional hydraulic front-wheel traction and when needed, a ‘boost at start’ function to increase torque on the front axle while starting the engine – improving vehicle stability and driver safety on difficult terrains.

Brocks has specified blind spot window in the passenger door, 360° camera system, audible turn left signal indicator and side underrun guards.