Morayshire-based Limehillock Quarries has invested in a high-specification Volvo FH16.750 8×4 tractor unit for transporting its mobile crushers and screening plant between sites.
Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the 170-tonne tractor unit also features the I-Shift Crawler gearbox and Dynamic Steering system and tandem RSS 2610 hub reduction axles with a final drive ratio of 4.55:1.
Limehillock Quarries also opting for Volvo’s top choice, Globetrotter XL Cab with twin bunks as the vehicle will be double-manned on a regular basis. The tractor unit is also fitted with a Jost heavy duty, sliding fifth wheel and an SB Components comprehensive rear cab module that includes a split fuel and hydraulic tank. Additional light bars and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels complement the Volvo’s Post Office Red paintwork, all of which is finished off with a newly designed livery for the company.
The four-axle chassis also features a ten-tonne front axle and a nine-tonne mid-lift pusher axle, which was specified to avoid use of jeep dollies with low loader trailers. The new configuration delivers increased manoeuvrability in restricted areas and gives a larger tolerance with axle weights, when compared with Limehillock Quarries’ current three-axle tractor units.
Owner Richard Murray said: “The new FH represents a substantial investment for our company. When considering a new heavy haulage truck, we first put out our requirements to every commercial vehicle manufacturer and requested that we have a demonstration vehicle as you cannot buy this type of truck from specification sheets alone. However, only Volvo and one other manufacturer were able to supply demonstrators and the other truck provided for appraisal was only available with a manual gearbox and we felt its engine power output was not quite sufficient for the weights involved.”
Richard adds: “As a consequence, all the pointers turned to Volvo, although to be honest, Volvo was always our preferred option as a long-term investment and the marque’s strong residual factors also provide reassurance.”
Most of the FH16’s operations will be based around Morayshire and a large percentage of its work will be on an own account basis, such as crane ballast transport. The Volvo also earns its keep hauling Limehillock Quarries’ tipper and step frame trailers, in addition to the firm’s larger Nooteboom low loader.