Sydenhams, which supplies timber and building materials across the south of England, has opened a branch in Glastonbury leading to the purchase of a DAF XF480 FTG Space Cab tractor from commercial vehicle specialists, Adams Morey.
Group Transport Manager Jamie Thompson looks after the fleet of 64 HGVs, 58 of which are DAFs. They are predominantly a mixture of 16, 18-tonne and 26-tonne LFs and CFs two- and three-axle rigids, 44 of which are fitted with Hiab cranes.
Jamie says: “We supply timber products and building materials to customers across the south and the Glastonbury site will provide a supply link from Penzance to North Wales. Therefore, there was the need for another tractor unit, we decided a XF would fit our needs.
“We inherited a few older vehicles with the latest acquisition, some of which we have disposed of. As a company, we are set on a planned upgrade of the fleet over the next few years. We like to own our vehicles and so we are also replacing some of the leased trucks. There was a need for a new artic and, being that this was our first ever purchase of a new tractor unit, there was a great deal of excitement and when it arrived in our livery.
“We also ran a refurbishment program of the inherited trailers where we had them re-sprayed and new curtains fitted. They are now in our colours and livery, which we looks very smart.”
John Pee is Adams Morey’s Sales Manager. He said: “The relationship between Adams Morey and Sydenhams has been built on honesty and trust. Not only do we sell it vehicles, but we service them also. We like to think that our back up for customers, including the DAF Aid service, coupled with sensible pricing and efficient, reliable trucks keep us at the head of the manufacturer’s list.
“I personally have developed an excellent relationship with Jamie. We can sit around a table and resolve any issues amicably, discuss plans and specifications of future truck purchases to suit.”
Jamie added: “The specification of the XF is also very important as we want to look after our drivers. The flat walkthrough in the cab, luxury air seat, navigation and phone system, sun visor and extra comfort mattress are just some of the extras we have included making for a more practical and comfortable experience for the driver.
“The specifications of DAFs have developed very positively in recent years. This includes the change in body shape, more environmentally efficient engines and a move to more automatic gearboxes, though we still use manual for those tricky terrains with hilly and narrow access. Good fuel economy is also very important.”