When Nottinghamshire-based, Wade Spring Limited investigated the acquisition of a new truck for its fleet, it concluded that a 12-tonne Volvo FL 4×2 rigid was the vehicle that it needed.
Having recently purchased the spring business of another furniture supplier, the Long Eaton company soon realised that its existing ten-tonne truck was not going to have the required capacity to move its products around the country. As a result, it invested in the new Volvo rigid, supplied by Hartshorne Motor Services.
Purchasing Logistics Manager Phil Thacker said: “We knew that Volvo made great trucks and heard about the quality levels that drivers found in the cab. We got a few quotes from different truck manufacturers and the Volvo worked out the best overall in terms of performance and reliability. Having already done a lot of research into the market and the vehicles within it, we decided to go with the Volvo.”
Entering service in late July, the FL5.210 has rear air suspension, heated mirrors and an adjustable roof deflector, plus the benefit of a Dynafleet contract, which was taken out to monitor performance and mileage. Power comes from the 210hp D5K four-cylinder diesel, producing 800Nm of torque, which is coupled to Volvo’s I-Sync automated six-speed gearbox.
Phil explains that the driver of the truck was completely won over by the Volvo package, having previously driven other marques. “As an added bonus, although the FL has a reliable reputation in service, the seven-year Volvo Gold Service Contract makes a big difference and adds more confidence in the product we are investing in.”

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