South Yorkshire-based agricultural and ground care machinery manufacturer, Amazone, has put two new crane-equipped Volvo FH tractor units into operation.
Logistics Manager Ian Caulkett said:, “We are now on our third generation of Volvos and we like to get ten years out of each truck. We remain with Volvo due to the reliability levels we get with the brand.”
Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus Ltd, the two FH13.540s were specified with Globetrotter XL Cabs featuring two bunks. The 3.9m wheelbase units have uprated rear suspension units and ten-tonne front axles, as each is fitted with a PM Crane.
Ian adds: “For operational flexibility, we’ve gone for a 40 tonne per metre unit on one FH and a 65 tonne per metre on the other. The finished vehicles represent a substantial investment and we’ll be looking for a minimum of ten years front line service with the pair.”
The performance levels of the new tractors will be monitored by Volvo’s Dynafleet fleet management system.
“The FHs haul King step frame and plant trailers. Add in the fact that the loads we carry are not aerodynamic and each combination weighs in at around 25 tonnes empty, so it’s fair to say that we don’t live or die by fuel consumption figures,” Ian explains adding, “We have a good working relationship with Crossroads in Rotherham and the FHs are covered by a three-year Volvo Service Contract.”
Operating on an own-account basis from Amazone’s new purpose-built, training and distribution premises in Auckley, Doncaster, which opened in Spring 2019, the Volvos will deliver the manufacturer’s products across the UK mainland. Each truck is expected to accrue between 60,000 and 70,000 miles per year. The green FHs sport graphics supplied by local business Beacon Signs.