Cheshire-based specialist haulier specifies trio of Volvo tractor units for the first time
SUPPLIED by Middlewich-based Thomas Hardie Commercials, three Volvo FH-500 tractor units, including a 65-tonne GCW tag-axle version, have entered service with Congleton-based specialist hauliers J.K. Ashbrook Ltd.
The three tractor units are the first Volvo trucks to join the company’s seven-strong fleet, which specializes in low-loader work, contract haulage and the movement of construction machines.
The order comprises an FH 6x2 tag-axle tractor unit, plated for up to 65-tonnes GCW for STGO CAT 2 operation, and two FH 6x2 Pusher-Axle tractor units for 44-tonnes operation.
All three Globetrotter-cabbed, 3.9m wheelbase tractor units are equipped with I-Shift automated gearboxes.
While the FH tag-axle tractor unit is engaged on UK and international duties, delivering and collecting machines, the two FH 6x2 Pusher-Axle units deliver pre-cast concrete products in the north-west of England.
All three new trucks are being maintained by Thomas Hardie Commercials on five-year Volvo Gold repair and maintenance contracts.
Thomas Hardie Commercials are also under contract to maintain J.K. Ashbrook’s three new Faymonville step-frame trailers.
Transport manager Jay Harper said the company decided to specify Volvo for the first time because of the keen price of the three trucks and the flexibility of Thomas Hardie Commercials in meeting the need for weekend and trailer servicing.