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Bury, Lancashire-based steel fabrication specialists, William Hare Group has taken delivery of its first-ever Volvo truck – a brand-new FM13.460 6×2 tractor unit with Globetrotter cab – which will be used for inter-depot and site deliveries across the UK.

Thomas Hardie Commercials supplied Hare’s inaugural Volvo with a 3,900mm wheelbase and a 7.5 tonne fixed pusher axle.

Powered by the D13K 13-litre engine rated at 460hp, the truck also features I-Shift automated transmission system, with Long Haul gear changing software. Rear air suspension, a Jost cast iron fixed fifth wheel and a drive axle with a ratio of 2.64:1 completes the business end. The FM also comes with the top option, Volvo Gold Service contract for 36 months, which delivers carefree operation and complete peace of mind to operators wishing to focus solely on their core business and customers.

Transport and Logistics Manager Amie Smith said: “Before purchasing a new truck, we asked some of our sub-contractors for feedback on truck makes and performance standards. Volvo came back as the top choice for reliability and durability, so we were happy to proceed with the order.”

Amie adds: “we needed a workhorse to haul steel and fabrications between our network of depots across England. The FM has been in service since early July and it works mostly night shifts. I’m happy with its performance and so far its fuel returns across the M62 Motorway are impressive and a real improvement on our other two trucks.”

Wm. Hare’s new Volvo is also proving popular with its driver. “He really loves the Globetrotter cab’s comfort levels and it has proved an easy truck to work with. We’ll definitely consider Volvo again for future fleet purchases,” Amie concludes.