Family-run machinery movers, James Garside & Son of Boothtown, near Halifax in West Yorkshire opted for power and performance when it ordered a new Volvo FH13.540 double-drive tractor unit for its transport operations working across the UK and moving anything from single machines right up to full factory relocations.

The new 80-tonne arrival comes with a Globetrotter Cab and the 6×4 prime mover is powered by Volvo’s D13K engine producing 540bhp. The 3,200mm wheelbase chassis was specified with rear air suspension, a rear bogie capacity of 23-tonnes and a ten-tonne front axle. Garside also opted for Volvo’s I-Shift Crawler automated manual transmission system with deep multi-speed reverse gears.

Director Andrew Garside said: “We use a three-axle step frame trailer, equipped with a crane, so when the time came to replace a lorry on the fleet, we chose the FH13.540 for the power it brings.

“We dismantle machinery and relocates it, so traction is an issue for us; the back of the trailer is heavy, so we chose a double-drive vehicle. We pull a semi low-loader with a 67-tonne crane on the back of it and don’t want to get stuck on sites. We might be doing a job in Halifax for example – and there are cobble streets and hills to contend with. We need to get in, do the job and then get out, so we chose Volvo over all the others.”

Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus in Birstall, the truck also comes with a vertical exhaust stack and Alcoa Dura-Bright EVO alloy wheels to complement the company’s red painted cabs.