Scottish operator, Stoddart Crane Hire has a new fleet flagship – a 150-tonne Volvo FH16.750 6×4 tractor unit – supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland – which is used predominantly for the transportation of crane ballast.
Managing Director David Stoddart said: “We need every ounce of the new Volvo FH16’s 750hp power output, as some of our combinations run at 40-tonnes unladen.”
The FH16 has a Globetrotter Cab and I-Shift automated Crawler gearbox. The latter transmission option is available with the choice of one or two crawler gears, plus the additional choice of extra reverse gears. A list of interior cab options includes full leather trims, with a fridge, microwave oven and TV preparation.
Muir of Ord-based Stoddart Crane Hire’s eye catching yellow and blue livery includes a factory applied, enhanced paint finish and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels with Michelin tyres.
Stoddart also opted for a 3,400mm wheelbase, T-Ride chassis and a Heavy Duty Transmission Package, all backed up by a four-year Volvo Gold Service Contract, which guarantees 100% uptime.
The FH16 has impressed its driver, Ewan Stoddart, son of the MD. David Stoddart added: “The Volvo is the most powerful truck we’ve operated and was bought for two main reasons; the engine size and capability. All our tractor units are dealer maintained and we’ll probably retain the FH16 for at least five years or maybe more.”