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Pinden ‘skip’ to the Volvo beat

Volvo FMX tipper

Kent-based recycling firm invest in 12 new FE skip trucks and four FMX 8x4 tippers

CITING fuel efficiency, reliability, build quality, performance and dealer support as the prime drivers for continuing a relationship with Volvo Trucks that goes back to 2005, Pinden of Longfield, Kent, have taken delivery of a dozen FE skip trucks and four FMX 8x4 tippers from MC Group in Maidstone.

The latest additions, which operate under the Pinbins skip-hire brand, mean Pinden now have 38 skip trucks, 99% of which are either Volvo FE or Volvo FL models.

Company managing director Terry Bishop said: ‘As a business, we are expanding and delivering on our environmental and efficiency goals, and Volvo trucks play a vital role in helping us to realize our aspirations.’

‘We process some 250,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste per annum at our 75-acre Longfield site and following a £7 million investment programme in a state-of-the-art recycling plant, we’ll have full-scale recycling operations on site.’ 

The new Volvo FE 4x2 rigid trucks feature Day cabs with rear windows and 12-speed I-Shift automated transmissions, and all units are powered by a 250hp, six-cylinder, 7.7-litre Volvo D8K engine. 

Boughton Engineering of Wolverhampton supplied the trucks’ Power-Reach 18-tonne (PR18) skiploader system, which features independent telescopic lift arms, pneumatically operated tip hooks and heavy-duty cab guards, as well as the company’s pioneering Intacova sheeting system.

The 420hp Volvo FMX high B-ride 8x4 tipper trucks with Day cabs feature Thompsons tipper bodies, a 21-tonne rear bogie design and straight front axles for enhanced ground clearance. 

All of the new trucks are equipped with Brigade all-round camera and sensor systems. While the newest additions to the fleet benefit from a three-year warranty, Pinden also operate their own in-house four-bay repair and maintenance centre.

‘Our fitters get on really well with the team at MC Group in Maidstone and appreciate the support and ready access to parts,’ said Mr Bishop.

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