Agricultural business specialists, Cofco International UK has put five new Volvo FH13.460 6×2 Lite tractor units into operation.
Transport Manager Tom Pountney said: “We worked carefully with Volvo to get the specification right. The new FHs are 400kg lighter than any other vehicle in our fleet.”
The 4m wheelbase tractors are also fitted with alloy wheels and alloy air tanks to maximise payload figures. The I-Shift gearboxes come with Long Haul Fuel Economy software packages.
Tom adds: “We tried both FM and FH demo vehicles prior to ordering the FHs. We received good driver feedback on both models, but the FH came out as our preferred choice. The Volvos are already proving popular. Some of our drivers have said the FHs are the best vehicles they’ve ever driven. The I-Shift gearbox is a particular highlight and its instant response levels, particularly when pulling out into traffic, are really appreciated.”
Cofco International will use the Volvos to haul Wilcox bulk tipping trailers across the UK, transporting grains, seeds and fertilisers.
Tom concluded: “They come with a kerb weight of 8,180kgs. In a business where we’re paid by weight, choosing the right vehicle is crucial. We’ll retain the FHs for seven years and have high expectations for them. The order also includes full life Volvo Service Contracts and our local Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia dealerpoint is just a couple of miles from the depot. Our intention is to have all the safety checks, servicing and repairs completed in the late evenings, so the trucks are ready to start work first thing the following morning.”