One of the largest civil engineering, earthworks and waste management contractors in the South West of England, MJ Church, has selected a T460.26 6×2 midlift from Used Trucks by Renault to join its 90-strong fleet. Key to the deal was the tailored used vehicle package matched the exact requirements by local dealer Renault Trucks South West.
The lightweight T460, with dual tipping gear supplied by Bulkgear Engineering, is the first Renault on MJ Church’s fleet for six years, and was specifically chosen to haul the company’s new Chieftain trailer recently purchased for a large motorway project in the region.
The fully certified and optimised T460 ticked all the boxes, including an impressive 282kg weight saving. Tom Church, Plant & Transport Managing Director said: “We wanted a lightweight midlift to fit to our new bulk aggregate trailer and the T460, with its 8,295kg kerb weight day/night cab, fitted all our criteria. Suitable used vehicles of this type are often limited across the industry but, fortuitously for us, Renault had exactly what we needed in stock.”
Tom continues: “The T460 and trailer have initially been put on the road to pull large amounts of aggregate, so achieving a good payload and minimising journeys is imperative. With the combined tractor unit and trailer we are reaching 27 tonnes, a great improvement over the previous combination of 25.5 to 26 tonnes. We are also getting an average fuel consumption of 9.5mpg when fully loaded – considering we are doing short runs this is very decent.”
As well as its payload credentials, the T460 is a big hit with the driver as Tom comments: “The truck comes with a good sized day and night cab and, although the driver isn’t sleeping in it, the extra space makes for a more comfortable life on the road. He says it drives well, it’s very comfortable both on and off road, pulls very well in all areas of work, and has a very smooth gear change.”
All used trucks sold by Renault are identified through the manufacturer’s fleet file which guarantees the mileage. A 200-point checklist by highly skilled technicians ensures that every truck is fully inspected, prepared and certified to rigorous standards, and a two-year, 160,000km warranty provides MJ Church with additional peace of mind.