Long-established Volvo Trucks customer, A1 Services (Manchester) Limited has put its first-ever tractor units into operation. The two Volvo FMX13.460 6×4 chassis feature X-high chassis with B-ride suspension were supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials.

The FMXs chassis rails have a 1,030mm height above ground level for off-road site works and in addition, the front steel, rear air suspension, double drive tractor units are also equipped with twin fuel tanks, giving a maximum capacity of 360 litres and Jost cast, fixed fifth wheels. Power for the pair comes from 460hp 13-litre engines, which produce their maximum power output between 1,400 and 1,800rpm, in addition to a top torque figure of 2,300Nm from 900 to 1,400rpm.

Volvo’s 12-speed, I-Shift automated gearbox is also fitted, as are single reduction drive axles with a ratio of 3.09:1.

As A1 Services will use the new tractor units exclusively on regional work, it opted for the Day Cab, which contributes towards increased payload figures, when coupled to the company’s new Schmitz tipper trailers. Currently Volvo accounts for around 30 of the fleet of 37 HGVs. The company carries out all of its repair and maintenance schedules in-house.

Director John Walsh said: “Volvo is a good brand and we’ve high hopes for these two FMXs; the first tractor units bought by us. Articulated tipper combinations offer us an increased payload and we’ll be monitoring the results of this long term experiment with interest.”